Grad school is a time of deliberate focus. And that's a good thing. But it's not the only thing. In fact, there are so many opportunities to get involved and be supported at OSU and within the community, that it would be a little ridiculous not to take advantage of what's in front of you. Enrich your experience by joining a club, exploring the area, connecting with others and having some fun. As they say, carpe diem! And what a better place to do it than in beautiful Oregon!
Student Legal Services is one of the services offered by the ASOSU for the OSU students of the Corvallis campus. Legal Services are provided to OSU students through Access the Law, and paid for through the Corvallis campus student incidental fees. Our office provides legal advice and representation to OSU students when they have a dispute that does not pertain to the university.
The Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU) provides a forum to address important issues facing our campus community. Their website contains information about ASOSU, the Graduate Student Senate, various committees and task forces, as well as a special subsidy program administered through ASOSU to provide funding for graduate students to attend professional conferences in their field.
Corvallis is considered one of the safest university communities on the west coast, and OSU has the lowest reported crime rate among PAC-10 campuses. The Department of Public Safety and the Oregon State Police work in partnership to provide a safe campus for students. In addition to a wide range of safety services and crime prevention programs, officers patrol the campus and residential areas on bicycles, on foot, and in cruisers 24 hours a day.
The Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) represents the interests and rights of Oregon State University’s graduate employees through the bargaining and maintenance of a fair working contract. CGE strives to create a community of graduate employees empowered to advocate for collective issues.
We assist faculty, staff, students and the broader community to commercialize research and concepts. Our staff, mentors, and student interns work directly with innovators and entrepreneurs to explore markets, develop products, and obtain customers.
We serve our community by providing 24/7 Dispatch, Public Safety Officers, and Oregon State Police Troopers on campus. We respond to emergency calls for service, including fire, medical, and crime.
Diversity and Cultural Engagement is dedicated to academic and personal success through critical inquiry and transformative learning. ISS and Diversity Development direct the seven cultural centers on campus: Asian Pacific Cultural Center, Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, Ettihad Cultural Center, Lonnie B. Harris black Cultural Center, Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, Pride Center, and Women’s Center.
OSU's Family Resource Center advocates for and provides services to students with children and all families with dependent care needs across campus to promote the academic, professional and personal success of the whole person. They work to identify and remove barriers for students with children to ensure equal access to campus opportunities and resources.
Are you hungry or simply need a break from studying? Corvallis offers a wide range of dining options, along with music and theatre venues, brew pubs, festivals, markets and more. And if you care to venture deeper into the Willamette Valley, literally hundreds of wineries are yours for the tasting. The Visit Corvallis website is a good source of information for places in Corvallis.
OSU has a host of student-led organizations that support academic success, professional development, and community. With a simple search, it's easy to find a student organization that fits your interests and/or aspirations.
The Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC), located in Memorial Union 203, is a space for graduate students to utilize for studying, socializing, and meetings. There are two rooms, available for reservation: one room feels like a lounge or living room for relaxed meetings, and a second provides a conference table for more productive or formal meetings. Though these spaces are available for reservation they remain open on a first-come, first-served basis without prior reservation.
The GSSC also offers a working desktop and standing desk space for all graduate students to use, as well as a printer.
The Graduate Women’s Network (GWN) is dedicated to establishing community among graduate women throughout the university. They do this by creating opportunities for: Collaboration and support across departments and colleges; leadership development; networking; advocacy; conversation; relaxation and wellness; as well as speakers and discussions.
The support group meets Thursdays 2:00pm - 3:00pm in ILLC Room 355.
Living in a new country can be a difficult experience. As such, the purpose of this informal group is to provide support for international students and to explore the strengths they bring to this new environment. Topics of discussion may include adjustment to US culture, building social connections, academic success, and home country concerns. No appointment necessary; just drop by! Snacks & refreshments will be porvided. Please contact Shaznin Daruwalla, Psy.D. (Shaznin.Daruwalla@oregonstate.edu) or I-Ching Grace Hung, M.Ed. (I-Ching.Hung@oregonstate.edu) for further details.
The Valley Library, situated in the heart of the OSU main campus, offers a variety of individual and collaborative study spaces carefully designed to meet students needs. The library is open 24 hours and day, seven days a week during fall, winter, and spring terms, with reduced hours during summer term. Send questions to Valley Library.
The Dean of Student Life is committed to helping student veterans successfully navigate the Oregon State University structure while accomplishing their education goals and maximizing their VA educational benefits.
Connect with fellow students that identify as biracial, multiracial, multiethnic, mixed or who grew up in a transracial family. This group will provide a space to share experiences, explore identities, and build community. Tuesdays, noon-1 p.m.
Contact Stephanie.Shippen@oregonstate.edu for any questions.
University Housing and Dining Services offers valuable information when considering off-campus housing.
The Barometer's Renter's and Home Improvement Guide is a good source of information as well.
The Corvallis Living Guide, a comprehensive 35-page electronic document, helps inform students of their tenant rights, responsibilities and resources. Students who pass a 25-question exam will be eligible for deposit discounts from participating Corvallis property managers and landlords.
Oregon State University's Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (now part of the Office of Equity and Inclusion) was founded in 1971 to ensure that all university community members uphold federal and state civil rights laws and regulations, as well as university equal opportunity policies. This work continues to be performed by the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
The Office of Institutional Diversity oversees institutional change actions, initiatives and communications to advance diversity, equity and inclusion throughout all facets of Oregon State University.
The Office of Institutional Diversity is also responsible for coordinating the University’s response to bias incidents impacting all OSU students, staff, and faculty members. You can report a bias incident on their website.
The Office of International Services (OIS) serves and supports OSU’s growing and diverse international population as they flourish on campus, in the community, and around the world. OIS is the central campus resource for advising and services for international students, scholars and faculty, consulting on visa and immigration issues, hosting international visitors, hiring international employees, and providing resources to faculty and staff preparing to travel on behalf of OSU. OIS seeks to advance the free exchange of ideas and culture through advocacy, education, service, outreach and engagement. Every year, OIS serves over 4,500 students and scholars from over 90 countries, connecting students, scholars and their families to campus and the community.
Graduate student housing at OSU is designed to give you a living environment designed to fit the needs of OSU graduate students while offering flexible contracts and private spaces, within walking distance to academic buildings at OSU.
Halsell Hall is exclusively for second year and above students. Bloss Hall is exclusive to graduate students on the top (7th) floor and only sophomore and above students, or visiting scholars on lower floors. This is not a first-year resident community.
Please note that graduate students can live in all other residence halls, but Bloss offers more perks in terms of contract flexibility, better dining plan costs, and guaranteed accommodations with other graduate students.
The greater Corvallis area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. With miles of hiking and biking trails, dog parks, and community sports and recreation leagues, you are sure to find plenty of fun. And with state and national parks, as well as the beautiful Oregon coast to engage your senses, there are outdoor adventure opportunities literally around every corner.
Through staff passion, innovation, and steadfast commitment to creating dynamic learning experiences, the Department of Recreational Sports has established itself as an essential campus partner in student wellness, a healthy campus, and the success of students and campus alike. OSU RecSports is recognized as a leader and source of best practices in the growing and evolving field of recreation. Students can also compete in more than 30 intramural sports and numerous sports clubs.
Oregon State University is committed to an environment where open, honest communications are the expectation, not the exception. We want you to feel comfortable in approaching your supervisor or management in instances where you believe violations of policies or standards have occurred.
In situations where you prefer to place an anonymous report in confidence, you are encouraged to use this hotline, hosted by a third party hotline provider, EthicsPoint. You are encouraged to submit reports relating to violations stated in our Code of Ethics, as well as asking for guidance related to policies and procedure and providing positive suggestions and stories.
SafeRide is a service dedicated to providing safe rides home or to campus safely and without judgment. SafeRide operates throughout the Corvallis and Philomath communities, and are open to all OSU students on the Corvallis campus. Before requesting a ride please review the policies, boundaries, and hours of operation.
The primary purpose of the Student Conduct Code is to establish community standards and procedures necessary to maintain and protect an environment conducive to learning, in keeping with the educational objectives of Oregon State University. The assumption upon which this code is based is that all persons must treat one another with dignity and respect in order for scholarship to thrive.
Getting to and around campus and the Corvallis community is a breeze. As one of the most bike-friendly towns in the nation, along with free public transit, you can get anywhere you need to go quickly and easily.