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  • 06/05/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    39 out of 43 people found this review useful. 1 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    anyone interested in the environment and or animal studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    even if you think you want to stay close to home, make at least one trip outside your comfort area. You may just find a hiiden gem

    Bang for the buck

    cost although higher for out of state is still relatively resonable.

    Will enjoy being here

    Had a great time during the visit. The people were great and extremely friendly

    Will learn a lot

    only school to offer ecologocal engineering at an undergraduate level

  • 08/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 out of 28 people found this review useful. 2 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    When going to a university such as OSU you need to be outgoing and ready to try new things. You also must be able to manage your time because no one else will do this for you. Being a science student I would suggest looking at the school if you are interested in the science or business area.

    Tips for prospective students

    The amount you learn in a class depends on many different factors. In the first year you really have to learn how to juggle a whole new array of things that can become quite overwhelming. OSU offers some helpful classes on time juggling, study sessions, and other recourses which should be taken advantage of. Teachers can also play a large role in how much you learn throughout your college experience. Check out www.ratemyprofessors.com for some reviews by people who have already taken the class so you know what to expect.

    Bang for the buck

    I have only been at OSU for a year but so far its been a lot of money for simple classes. At OSU you have the option of dual enrolling in Linn Benton. I would definitely suggest looking into this, especially in your first year. There is a Beaver Bus that will take you directly to Linn Benton which I believe runs every 30 minutes so transportation is not a major issue. Classes are very expensive and you can get the basics out of the way for a lot cheaper.

    Am enjoying being here

    I was very apposed to the idea of moving into the dorms but my parents convinced me anyways and I reluctantly went along with their decision. Living in the dorms my first year actually turned out to be a ton of fun. You have the freedom to go anywhere whenever you'd like as well as be close to classes and new friends. The dorms also have loads of activities for you to participate in. As long as you immerse yourself in all activities you find interesting and balance your studying with your fun you will have a great time.

    Am learning a lot

    Some of my teachers simply did not teach in a style that worked for me. Sometimes even the information I learned in classes I found to be completely irrelevant and worthless to my learning needs. It took a long time to adjust and honestly I would have to say high school did not prepare us enough for the change. When sitting in lectures with 200+ students in them you can find yourself easily distracted, especially when you do not always get the chance to ask questions if you are confused or understand what you are doing wrong. Fortunately once you learn how to affectively use your time it will become easier to adapt your learning style and use the resources available to you.

  • 07/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 out of 19 people found this review useful. 3 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    There is more of an emphasis on agriculture, science and engineering than liberal arts. If that's what you want to do, then OSU will provide the education you need to get where you want to go. If you want more of an urban setting, you won't be satisfied here (although Portland is only about an hour away). But it doesn't hurt to check out a school you never pictured yourself at before. Sometimes putting yourself into the environment of a college is all it takes...

    Tips for prospective students

    Corvallis is pretty small (about 55,000 people), so it's a good plan to get involved in different activities on campus. You'll meet people who are interested in the same things you are, as well as those that are totally different from you. There's something for everyone; lots of clubs, Greek life, restaurants nearby to meet up with people. Don't hesitate to venture out and try something new.

    Bang for the buck

    Non-resident tuition is a lot higher than resident tuition, but OSU offers a lot of scholarship opportunities depending on your academic and extracurricular interests, as well as your financial need. Considering that you're learning from nationally-recognized professors who are experts in their fields, and that virtually everything you'd need is either on campus or a short trip away, the price is not bad at all.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone says it, but OSU is a really beautiful campus. Very green, very open...it's small enough that you can walk anywhere in about twenty minutes, but not not so tiny as to be completely claustrophobic. Sometimes it's nice to just walk leisurely through campus and take it all in. The dorms are pretty nice (as far as college residence halls go!) and there are lots of food options, on and off campus.

    Am learning a lot

    Even if you know what you want to do, branch out and take a random class in a totally different subject. I took a Shakespeare course my first quarter (I'm majoring in Biology, going the pre-med route) and loved it. The professors are great, and you never know what subject will capture your interest. Plus, the requirements for graduation (which include mandatory liberal arts classes) are such that every student will achieve a varied education, in addition to fulfilling their major requirements.

  • 08/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 4 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a big school, but don't want to be a number to their professors. Students who enjoy learning, and like interacting with their teachers, but if you don't like interacting, you will not be forced, or pressured to. Students who enjoy sporting events and supporting their team.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for a PAC class (PE) like yoga, ballet, or tennis. It will allow you to relax during the craziness of your other classes. Use the library and all other academic resources. There are a lot on campus, and your professors will tell you about them. Don't be afraid of office hours, the professors won't bite and want you to succeed!

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition is a great deal, and out-of-state isn't too bad. The campus and the people make it worth it, and you feel lie you are walking through an Ivy League Campus, without paying as much! The professors love to interact with the students, so you don't get a bunch of research profs. holed up in their office all day, not teaching!

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a beautiful campus, with a lot of friendly people. There are a ton of people from all over the nation and world! The community really supports the Beavers, in all endeavors, sports and academic. Just be warned, if you are from a warm state, there is a chance of snow, and it can get very cold with all the rain,

    Am learning a lot

    At first, when I decided on going to Oregon State, I wasn't sure if the courses were going to teach me as much as some of the other schools I had gotten into (mostly UC's). I was very wrong about that! From general biology to psychology, to tennis, and yoga, I was learning everyday, and surprisingly enough really enjoying it! The professors really enjoy what they teach, and are interested in the students' thoughts, even in a lecture hall of over 500 students

  • 06/12/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    12 out of 16 people found this review useful. 5 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    out of state is $31k a year... in state is respectable though.

    Will enjoy being here

    beautiful campus.

    Will learn a lot

    top rated forestry and eco engineering programs.

  • 12/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 6 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to major in Science. I visited Montana State, which is known to have a great science program, and even as the representatives were trying to sell MSU, they mentioned Oregon State several times as being a good school for natural sciences.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're going to be living in a dorm and with a roommate, take the time to look through the profiles people have filled out and e-mail your roommate beforehand. Having a fun, agreeable person to come home to (and your dorm will become your home, trust me!) is MUCH more pleasant than one you don't get along with!

    Bang for the buck

    If you're from Oregon, the tuition is very reasonable. The cost to live in one of the dorms is less well-priced, but your money is definitely put to good use. For instance, there was a dorm-wide LAN party (complete with free pizza, soda and energy drinks), plus the dorm provides all sorts of activities in the lounge, such as pool and ping-pong tables, an arcade game and a big screen TV.

    Am enjoying being here

    OSU offers a gorgeous campus that is small enough I can walk to all of my classes, but which is also extremely bike-friendly. The dorm experience has also been fantastic, as I've been able to find other students with the same interests (in fact, I've met many people in my dorm who are also in my classes, which is very helpful when it comes to finding study buddies).

    Am learning a lot

    My lectures do have a lot of people (200-600 students), but I haven't found that to be a problem. My professors are accustomed to teaching large groups (and thus accommodating a large amount of learning styles). Additionally, many of my classes have smaller recitation sections, with only 20 people. Also, every time I've had a question, my professors have been great about replying promptly to my emails.

  • 07/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 7 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who don't mind being in a smaller town, although the university has about 20,000 students, there's not a whole lot to do off of campus. Students should be willing to meet new people and be open to new ideas. People who want to be involved in greek life would also like it here, as a lot of students are involved in it around campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should choose a college in a city they know they will like. They should also be sure of what major they want, or see if their college has an exploratory program so they can be the happiest possible while attending school, by taking classes they enjoy! Also, I would recommend going somewhere farther away from home if you are an outgoing person, and staying closer to home if you have a more difficult time making friends. Also, be sure to do all of the homework and readings your professor assigns the night it is assigned, as it is easy to get behind if you don't!

  • 11/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 8 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    OSU is great for students who are not big city people, students that want a calmer town. It may seem small, but it has a lot to offer. Besides that any student can come here to explore the many opportunities (majors, study abroad, internships, culture, diversity,tolerance, etc.)

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Always go to class, because there might be a chance that the professor will go over important things to know for the midterm or test. 2. Always read the book chapter before class, allowing you to understand and ask questions later on (the unclear stuff). 3. Take advantage of the professor's office hours and tutoring 4. Have fun! go to college events and explore...there are so many open opportunities, you just need to look for them.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state student so my tuition tends to be pretty high, at least 10,000 more than an in state student. For me becoming a resident and applying for scholarships will allow me to stay in my dream school. Whatever it takes, don't let the numbers scare you, because there are ways.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone is friendly and open minded. Many resources are placed inside and outside of campus, so you never get bored. I am enjoying getting to meet many students from around the world and going to many of the cultured based activities inside OSU.

    Am learning a lot

    OSU has many resources for students to be successful. First of all the amount of tutoring with teacher assistants and at the library. Second of all, the open office hours of the professors are great because they really want students to go in and ask away. Many classes here are 200 or more students, but if you take the initiative of sitting in the front and asking questions once in a while, you can benefit from the class. At the end, it all depends on the student and how they approach the class.

  • 12/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 9 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who are engineering or health majors, enjoy partying, outgoing and willing to try new things and take risks

    Tips for prospective students

    This is the time when school is taken seriously.

    Bang for the buck

    College is what you make of it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Students are mature compared to high school. I enjoy the environment and the outgoing people I run into. The town can get a bit boring. Also, if you enjoy running outside, it's mainly all pavement.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes can be difficult, but it makes one buckle down and study since the college education is very crucial.

  • 03/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 10 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Animal science students because they offer many undergraduate classes and plus a graduate veterinary school right on campus! They offer many clubs, sports, and a variety of specialized activities through their animal science department.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living in the dorms your first year can be an interesting experience! It allows you to get in touch/network with many fellow students and make lots of friends. Setting up hall activities and/or trips was a great way to spend your free time or take a break from studying. They are also a great way to get involved and get to know the people around you.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state is fairly high but there are many programs to include and provide international/national study abroad opportunities to fit your financial needs.

    Am enjoying being here

    The best part of OSU is the number and variety of activities/events held here. You can find just about anything from clubs, fitness, volunteer opportunities, sports, crafts, and hosted informational lectures. If you want to have an enjoyable experience here make time for something during dull hours or to break up the lull in studying.

    Am learning a lot

    As with most colleges and universities not every course offering is entirely the same. It really depends on the instructor you get for a course, some have different teaching styles than others and may not match your learning techniques.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 11 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never seen a problem occur on-campus. There are Blue Lights located all over campus and they say that the police can be there within a minute. If there is a security threat Oregon State sends out texts and emails to all students. I have always felt very safe on and off campus because I feel that Corvallis in general is a very safe town.

    Greek Life

    I am a part of Greek Life and love it! Fraternity and Sorority recruitment is year long, but usually occurs within the first weeks of each term. It can be a little nerve wracking and hectic but the end result is all worth it. By being a part of Greek life you always have someone to hangout or study with. The friendships you make during college really will stay with you forever. Go Greek!

    Clubs and Activities

    The Memorial Union strives to engage all types of students in annual activities such as Mom and Dad weekends, band festivals, Relay for Life and Fashion shows that are put on by the Apparel Design department of the college of Public Health and Human Sciences.

    Great for these types of students

    - Outgoing (you should consider going Greek!) - Focused (the Honors college has its own resident hall) - Nerdy (there are resident halls specifically for certain majors!)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    - Every year for homecoming Oregon State has a GIANT bonfire in the parking lot of Wilson resident hall. It is a fun tradition that is still going strong. Make sure you bring a sweatshirt though, it can get a little cold at night. - The student section at basketball games is referred to as the Beaver Dam and get very loud during games. (Fun Fact: The coach is Michelle Obama's brother!) - Wearing orange on Friday's is a big way to show your support. Almost everyone wears some sort of beaver gear on Friday's, even the professors!

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, Oregon State is everything a PAC 12 school should be: academic, involved, supportive,and outgoing. Plus it is in a great location! Out-of-state tuition is fairly high, but if you did well in high school scholarships will be provided for you through the University. In-state tuition is very reasonable.

    What to do for fun

    Oregon State is just 2 hours south of Portland, OR and just 1 hour from the Beach. Dixon Recreation offers a shuttle to Mt. Bachelor that includes transportation and a lift ticket for around $80. The Memorial Union Basement is always a fun place to go with friends. It offers a pool hall, air hockey, bowling, and darts all for around $2-3 each!

    Food and Dining

    Even though I work in the dining hall on-campus, I don't think that the food on-campus in the best. It is usually pretty good, but it is often over priced. The dining plans on campus are expensive and tend to leave the student with a balance that they have to 'blow' at the end of the year because it is too late to downgrade and save the money. You have to 'use it' or 'loose it'.

    Dorm Life

    Although I only lived in the dorms one term, I enjoyed living in them. The rooms were relatively big and the dorms were located all over campus. The best dorms to live in were the quad dorms, which were Buxton, Cauthorn, Hawley, and Poling. They are located in the center of campus and are close to Dixon Recreation center and the intramural fields. Make sure you leave your quarters at home! Oregon State has free laundry facilities to all students who live on campus. This is a great feature, but make sure you set your alarm for the end of the cycle so other students don't take out your clothes and leave them on top of the washer/dryer.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the college of Engineering, so academic success is a must. If you don't do well (maintaining at least a 3.0) then you can expect to loose scholarships offered from the University and most likely not be accepted into pro school. I can't say anything about other colleges at Oregon State, they may be similar or different. Some great resources offered on-campus at Oregon State are the Math Learning Center in Kidder Hall which has student tutors who can help you with per-algebra all the way up to advanced calculus, the Mole Hole in the Valley Library which helps tutor students in chemistry, and the Cumulative Learning Center in the Valley Library which sets up study groups for all sorts of beginning freshman classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Go to all student activities that occur during CONNECT week before the first week of school!! It is a great way to make friends within your resident hall and your major. Plus you get to know your way around campus! - Find out where your classes are BEFORE the first day of class. Some of the buildings can be laid out funny or may have a staircase in an unexpected corner, so make sure you know how to get to the room you need. - Join Intramural sports at least once a year. Becoming involved in a non-academic activity can give you a much needed breather and allows you to meet new people. - Find a club. There is always something going on all over campus. Finding a club that interests you helps you find a study group or library partners.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State is a PAC 12 school located in a thriving sub-rural town. Beaver Nation is a very spirited and exciting community of outgoing, focused, nerdy individuals who all have the same goal; get a good education. The College of Engineering is one of the best in the nation, always pushing students to do their best and break boundaries.

  • 12/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 12 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, math, education (any type), business, and a variety of other things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a pac class at some point and take a break from academics. Also, take a class that sounds interesting and has nothing at all to do with your major, you may learn a lot from getting outside your comfort zone.

    Bang for the buck

    The in state tuition at OSU is very reasonable and for out of state, the best deals on classes are taking classes during the summer when you can get in-state tuiton rates.

    Am enjoying being here

    The OSU campus is absolutely gorgeous with trees everywhere and the look of an ivy league school with brick buildings lining the streets of campus and 2 large grass quads that are perfect for lounging in the spring and summer. In regards to the academics, there are some great engineering and science programs at OSU as well as good teaching and business programs as well. Outside of school there is a thriving greek system and a variety of clubs and organizations that you can join as well as intermural sports and club teams for a variety of sports.

    Am learning a lot

    You definitely get out of every class what you put into it. On the whole the teachers are extremely willing to help you out in any way that they can. Teachers do want you to do well in your classes. The thing that is fun about OSU is that you are required to take courses in all different areas outside of your major, so you have some opportunity for variety in your schooling.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 13 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Good school for science majors, most students here fit under this category. Every other major is about average. But then again for undergraduates most schools are equivalent for certain majors. Most of that prestige for a good job does not come until you get into graduate school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Think about what you like, if you want to go to another government funded public school expect big classes. Since Salem does not seem to understand that you need to fund more money to the university to make smaller classes. Then a public school is good for you. I enjoy big classes because I do not want to be called on for information I just want to sit back and learn from the master. Fretting about answering questions that the teacher may randomly call upon you for distracts me from learning.

    Bang for the buck

    Dorms are not worth it unless you have lots of money and you are lazy. Otherwise a house or dorm by the campus is way better, way cheaper and you can actually have a good diet on a low budget with all the great grocery stores here. But then again you might want to be in the dorms for a year to make some new friends. The tuition however is reasonable for in-state students.

    Am enjoying being here

    Very nice place, dorms are fantastic in the West quad at least. I enjoy the night life even though there are not too many things to do outside of clubs, religious events or frats/sororities. The city is kind of lame but I do not need my car to be here. Which I think is convenient and helps me save some money. Most people are very nice here too.

    Am learning a lot

    I took an IB loaded course load in high school but I currently have to take 100 level classes. So my course work seems easy now and will hopefully get hard when I get into the 300 level classes/coursework that requires perquisites.

  • 12/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 14 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Engineers get a lot of perks at OSU, like free printing, lots of computer labs around campus, and more. Also check out the Honors College if you are looking for smaller class sizes, but still want the resources a large university provides.

    Tips for prospective students

    Seek out and explore resources available. If you are finding any subject difficult, there is likely already some school sponsored assistance available if you look in the right places.

    Bang for the buck

    OSU is reasonably priced (dorms are on the expensive side), but there are not a ton of scholarships available. There are a good number of campus jobs that will work around your school schedule to help offset costs.

    Am enjoying being here

    The overall atmosphere of the campus and surrounding community is very relaxed. The size of the town is not too large, but has a very good variety of stores within walking or biking distance. Other students are friendly and willing to help, even if you don't know them.

    Am learning a lot

    The education quality is very good overall. The professors and instructors are very good overall. Despite it being a large school, many will make a good effort to learn and remember your name at least while you are in their class. Engineers are worked hard, but you feel like you are learning very applicable material.

  • 12/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 15 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Oregon State has a great engineering program which attracts many students here. It's also great for those people who need a change but don't want that big of one. OSU is just big enough to make you feel like you're out in the real world and living on your own, but small enough to where you can easily find your place and feel as though you belong to something greater.

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest tip for any student looking into college is to take a campus tour. The tour can really make or break your decision to attend that college. When I took a tour of the Oregon State campus I felt like I could see myself there and that was a huge factor when I was choosing where to go. Another tip is that your college experience will be whatever you make it out to be. There are so many ways to be involved so college is the time to find and follow your passions.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a total package when you come to Oregon State. There are over 200 undergraduate majors offered at OSU. Along with academics there are many different clubs and student organizations you can join. OSU also has Division 1 sports which provides sporting events nearly every day that you can attend. Along with the collegiate sport level we provide a huge competitive intramural sports program.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful and everything is very close together. It is considered a smaller campus but there is enough to do and places to go that you don't feel confined. The city of Corvallis is a great college town as well. They get really into the Beaver Nation spirit and there are many things to do off campus. Everyone is very welcoming and there is always something to do on campus or in town.

    Am learning a lot

    There are many different types of classes offered at OSU. No matter what your major is there are several options of classes within each category so you get to chose your own path. The professors are all very knowledgeable and most teach a variety of topics so they are well rounded.

  • 06/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    *School spirited-PAC 12 school *Environmental or animals studies *Engineering and Sciences *Small town cozy with big campus buzz

    Tips for prospective students

    *Visit! This school is surprisingly attractive *Join groups for housing-I knew my whole dorm before attending *Join FB groups for updates on everything Beaver related

    Bang for the buck

    Oregon State has a low cost out of state tuition, offers many scholarships, and accepts many AP classes. There are plenty of opportunities to earn and save money, when the cost of attendance isn't high to begin with.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is always buzzing with school pride, activities, clubs, Beaver Nation. There's always something to do, and the large atmosphere isn't intimidating.

    Am learning a lot

    Oregon State offers a wide variety of courses that have excellent programs. There's something for everyone here!

  • 02/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are so many ways to keep yourself safe on campus. the only challenge would be knowing how to utilize the options.

    Greek Life

    pretty typical. i joined a sorority as previously stated.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is plenty to join in with. i personally joined a sorority and the polo club(polo as in horses).

    Bang for the buck

    out of state is way too pricey. in state is perfect.

    What to do for fun

    what there is to do for fun depends solely on you. parties are easy to find, the gym is open late, there is a bowling alley on campus, and there are always random events-just check the osu calendar.

    Food and Dining

    it is very easy to get bored of the food places closest to you. the food tastes fine, nothing outstanding though. i wish that there were more complete meal options that included fruits and vegetables rather than having to buy everything separate.

    Dorm Life

    i'm biased being in west hall. for me, food is right down stairs, i share a bathroom with only 3 other girls, and my ra is pretty chill. i would definately recommend using the roommate match network that osu has. one big thing is the fact that you do not need to save up on quarters for laundry.

    Academic Rigor

    it all depends on the classes you are taking and the professor that you get. it is very easy to start with really easy classes and build to the harder ones that you could have started with in the beginning if you didn't mind working at it.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you know your budget. out of state is very expensive. don't be afraid to try new things. it is very easy to get involved. it is very easy to put other things in front of academics. remember, you're here to learn first.

  • 12/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    It's worth every penny.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do at OSU. If your not in class you can be spending your time at Dixon, or go to the MU for food. Overall any time at OSU is a load of fun.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes you take at OSU are great and so far every professer is a load of fun.

  • 01/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Its a really great agricultural school, but its good for pretty much anybody.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study. Can't say it enough. There is homework, but its the midterms and finals you really have to work on. That's pretty much all your grades are; tests.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition costs are really very reasonable and your getting a top notch eduction.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful and it has that small town feel with lots of things to do. The people are wonderful and there are countless things to get involved with.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are really interesting and you might find yourself looking into a topic or major you'd never thought of! My classes have an 150-400 people, but most classes have smaller recitation classes with like 20 people in them for extra help. And teachers have office hours where you can have one on one time with the professor.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus has a large emphasis on safety. There are emergency alarm systems located all over campus that all you have to do is press a button and it notifies the police. Since there are so many police officers in the area the response time is cut down significantly. There is also many people all over the place and the only time there isn't is late at night in which police patrol the campus regularly. Overall, there have been hardly any problems with campus security and the students should feel safe when walking through campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is significant part campus life. People that are newly recruited into the Greek system are constantly meeting other members of the Greek system. There are social functions between sororities and fraternities happening almost every week as well as unique philanthropies put on by each house that get the entire Greek community together. The streets of 25th and 26th compose â??Greek Row,â?? and are saturated with the majority of the Greek houses and some are huge buildings that have been around for over 100 years.

    Clubs and Activities

    Almost every major has a club and are fairly active and meet together regularly. They are very good for students looking to get together and meet other students in their major as well as get to know some of their instructors as well. They can help with many future opportunities for students. The campus also has many activities going on every week. In addition, there are many speakers that come into town from around the state and country to speak on various topics.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that enjoy seeing a lot of people around all the time, are active, and enjoy socializing with enjoy Oregon State. If you are someone who is focuses very hard on your classes and like to dedicate most of your time to learning, there is a ton of others exactly the same and many go to the library for extensive hours every day, especially students in their junior and senior years with difficult majors. The diversity of people on campus is great and everyone will be able to find their place easily.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On game day a ton of students, parents, and alumni swarm to Reser stadium to watch the football games. Many people go running and hiking up to Bald Hill which is outside campus on the west side. The landscape is relatively flat so many people ride bikes, long board, or skateboard around for fun or to class.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though tuition all over the state keeps going up a small amount every year it still is manageable. There are also a lot of services that your tuition covers and should be used to your fullest extend if you can because your paying for it whether you use it or not. However, you get what you pay for and if you get your degree you will be in a much better job position than you would have without making the investment in a college education.

    What to do for fun

    What you do for fun is up to you and the type of person you are. There are over 20,000 students at Oregon State so there is literally every type of person here, and many of them. Make friends, socialize, and find people that like to do the same things as you, odds are they know more people. Your friend base increases in size significantly as your time goes on at Oregon State. During the fall football games are a huge deal, and during spring there are people usually everywhere. Dixon recreation is a great place to do anything sports related and it is big. It has a large and small weight room, basketball courts, volleyball courts, indoor track, , racket ball courts, two rooms for cycling and treadmills, two pools, a hot tub, a huge indoor rock climbing area, outdoor soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball court, baseball fields, and track.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different restaurants and dining halls around campus that usually are pretty good, and decently priced for the college student's budget. There are also many places right off campus to eat at, all along Monroe Ave.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are co-ed and usually full of students all the time. They have RA's that watch over the dorms and make sure everything is in order at all times. There is usually dorm events that help students get together and meet the other students living close to them.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, classes can be non-intense with a decently spaced out work load, but on the other hand they can also be very intense with a constant work load, especially with any science related majors. If you're an engineering student you should know Oregon State prides themselves on the high output of successful and focused engineering students, and the classes are designed in a way that they will make sure you are one of those people or you won't make it in that major.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you know anyone that already goes to Oregon State you should contact them and try to find out as much useful information as possible. When you first get here you should explore and familiarize yourself with the campus as well as learn as much as you can about the services that Oregon State can offer you, with most already paid for by your tuition. Make a point to meet your academic adviser and explain to them everything you are planning to do with your education and try to gain as much advice as you can from them and your older peers. Unless you are 100% sure of your major you should focus your class schedule on your bacc core classes for the first year or two because many people switch majors within the first year or two and you don't want to take more classes or re-take classes if you don't have to. Make sure you are proactive on due dates for classes, write a list if you have to of due dates, and try to get everything done before it is due because studying and homework can pile up fast if you're not on top of it. Meet your professors and TA's in office hours if you can, and don't be afraid to ask them or e-mail them any questions that you have.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is a beautiful small town university that truly has the college town atmosphere. It has a great teaching staff, helpful financial aid office, and many services that make college life easier for students. The campus is uniquely diverse with old style and new advanced looking buildings as well as a diverse group of students and great science programs and facilities; in addition, the campus library is great in a central location.

  • 08/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    OSU has it's own branch of Oregon State Police as well as campus police. Campus is well lit and there are plenty of easily identified emergency phones located across...I've never felt unsafe on this campus!

    Greek Life

    There are plenty of frats & sororities near campus if that's something you are interested in. The Greek housing leaders work closely with OSU and it's community to help support students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs & activities for just about any topic you can think about...you just have to look for them.

    Great for these types of students

    OSU works for all students, US and international! You just have to be willing to say Hi! and meet new people! OSU has plenty to offer!

    Bang for the buck

    If you are an out-of-state student you can really save $$$ by taking classes during the summer term (Summer Session, summer.oregonstate.edu) because ALL students pay in-state tuition. Plus OSU is only 1 of 2 land, sea, space grant institutions! So there's plenty of research going on to get involved in!

    What to do for fun

    There's plenty to do both on/off campus, you just have to be willing to look for it. Outdoors (biking, hiking, boating, jet skis, tubing, camping, fishing, hunting, swimming, snow skiing, water skiing, motorcycling, etc.). Indoors (bowling, theater, plays, night clubs, social/student clubs, research, competitions, etc.). Students complain that there's nothing to do during the summer - REALLY!?!?! That's when there's the most to do!

    Food and Dining

    There are three dining halls on campus, each offering a variety of restaurants and food choices (American, Italian, Chinese, Coffee Shop, Sandwich, cafeteria style, etc.) plus plenty of regular restaurants within walking distance from campus.

    Dorm Life

    The majority of the dorms have recently been remodeled and offer the standard comforts expected. Of course, the social aspects of living near friends and conveniently on campus are always a bonus!

    Academic Rigor

    As with ANY school, you have good & bad profs, as well as good & bad classes...but the good ones definitely outweigh the bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even if you don't know what degree you want (if you're undeclared), don't sweat it! At OSU, there's so much to do & try that you'll have the opportunity to complete your core classes and dabble in a variety of topics to help you determine what your major should be.

    In three sentences

    OSU & Corvallis has so much to offer (year-round) it's sometimes hard to know where to start. It has a beautiful, relaxed campus with nearly 25,000 students & Corvallis' central location provides easy access to plenty of activities in less than 3 hours (beach, skiing, hiking, bicycling, camping, parks, lakes, etc.). And during the summer term everyone pays in-state tuition, plus the majority of courses are accelerated so you can complete them within 1-4 weeks, and still have time to enjoy your summer!

  • 08/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 22 of 186

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    Campus Safety

    Rated one of the most safest campuses in America...its because we're in a smaller city and there's literally NO violence when you compare to L.A. or any metropolitan city. No gangs, no nothing. Campus security is everywhere.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is HUGE here. But I can't say much since im not actually in it. From what I hear from friends its good.

    Clubs and Activities

    LOTS of clubs and activities to enjoy on campus. The number of activities is extensive.

    Great for these types of students

    Nature freaks (me), soccer lovers, general middle class white people and arabs (oddly).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tour de Francia - everybody gets on their bike or longboard and we go from house to house all around corvallis and have this MASSIVE party where wine is the preferred drink. Its the greatest thing i've been to in my years here, hundreds of people show up and the streets are taken over.

    Bang for the buck

    Average, some professors are good some aren't BUT there is ALWAYS help, you just have to seek it. It is recommended to go to office hours and go to the tutor areas. Help is easy to find. Besides school, the facilities are good, sometimes TOO good especially when it comes to sports. In general the facilities are better then Portland State University and comparable with Oregon State University (The ducks)

    What to do for fun

    Intermural sports are great at OSU, especially soccer. There's a HUGE community of soccer players here in oregon and lots of international students so there's always a pickup game when its not raining. Ultimate Frisbee is also big, basketball is as big as soccer or bigger since you can play indoors. If not sports there's always some event going on and they turn out to be pretty fun in general. Last year I went to african night and got 2 feet away form a live Cheetah.

    Food and Dining

    It's pretty good in variety and you'll all ways see someone you know at the dining courts.

    Dorm Life

    You'll have fun as long as you research what type of environment you want to live in. There's the general party dorms, more community oriented dorms, international ones, gamer ones...ect Ask some upperclassmen what their dorms were like and you'll get a good idea.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes aren't too difficult compared to many other colleges, at least not for the first two years. But this doesn't mean you don't have to study, most people still find the material challenging, in my opinion I look for something more challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to get into some sort of club or some kind of on campus research job if you really want an advantage over others. Start freshman year, you don't have to take it serious until the 2nd year. Overall you have to look for your own opportunities in most cases.

    In three sentences

    Good structure and has great major options but all the basic classes are big and professors are average for the first two years. There's always something to do on campus even though it rains a lot in winter and late fall. People are great, fraternity life is huge.

  • 05/29/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 186

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    Will learn a lot

    Being recently accepted to the OSU Honors College, I am offered smaller class sizes, additional student resources, and the opportunity to be taught by actual professors rather than GTF's. After visiting OSU, I was impressed by the professionalism and clear focus on students by not only the teachers but the staff in general. I have no doubt that my experience at OSU will allow me to absorb the subjects I love.

  • 09/03/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 186

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    Great for these types of students

    Social butterflies, those who are great at learning out of a book

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club, get involved, all that good stuff. I would really recommend getting involved in your hall's government if you live in the dorms though.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything is quite expensive, from tuition to housing expenses to food. The bookstore prices for clothing and school supplies (as well as books) is ridiculous. But a good overall experience nonetheless.

    Did enjoy being here

    I lived in the dorms which was a great experience. Always lots of activities going on in the dorms and across campus. Free food events rock!

    Did learn a lot

    I was in a lot of big lecture classes and did not enjoy it at all. All my classes conflicted with my professor's office hours as well and professors are really busy and can't always meet with you either, so I barely ever got extra help. Lots of information was just thrown at me, and most I felt was useless.

  • 12/05/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 186

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    Bang for the buck

    Obviously, college isn't cheap, but going to a public university is much more affordable that a private one.

    Will enjoy being here

    Its close to home and is in a really cool city.

    Will learn a lot

    I have researched the college programs, and it seems as though education in the medical field is good at this school.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 186

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    Great for these types of students

    Small town types of people that do not like cities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Watch the prices

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is too high and there needs to be a WUE program for Northwest Students that have always wanted to go to OSU. I might not be able to go:(

    Will enjoy being here

    I am from a small town and I felt I could easily fit in:)

    Will learn a lot

    It is probably worth the tuition.

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 186

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    Campus Safety

    It's pretty common to be walking around at night (back from a midterm, the gym, etc.), but I have always felt completely safe on campus. If you ever are in danger though, there are big, glowing emergency buttons you can press on just about every corner. You press the button and the police are there in less than 30 seconds. Voila!

    Great for these types of students

    OSU is great for anyone thinking about majoring in the sciences, or of course, ENGINEERING!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Humans vs. Zombies! I personally don't play, but it definitely looks like a lot of fun and the players really seem to enjoy it.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food has a bad reputation of being bland, but I haven't found that to be true. The nice thing about the dining halls is that there's such a great variety. In any given place, there are foods from many different cultures (Chinese, Italian, American, Japanese), so it never gets boring!

    Dorm Life

    The only complaint I have about dorm life is that it's almost TOO much fun. There are always people around to hang out with and everyone is so friendly! I have made so many friends in my dorm and I love it!

    Academic Rigor

    Sometimes it's hard to focus on my studies because there's so much going on all the time, but it's really important to buckle down and get work done. The classes are challenging, but fair if you are willing to put the work in.

    In three sentences

    I love Oregon State because there are so many opportunities for those studying the sciences. We have experienced professors, a great selection of majors, and so many opportunities to participate in research. By the time I'm out of here, my resume will be full of valuable experiences!

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 186

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    Greek Life

    A-MAZING. As a former member of greek life I can say that you will network weekly, meet tons of amazing friends and women, instill great values and traditions, and be constantly pushed to your limits to be your best whether its house leadership roles or campus leadership.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally almost every type of club you could possibly want to join. I highly recommend this!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Greek jump day is always fun to watch. This is where new members of the fraternities literally jump from the stairs of the MU (memorial union) into the arms of their new brothers. Also, Flat tail festival and the snowboarding competition in the MU quad are really fun!!

    Bang for the buck

    For being such a large university, I heard much about how short resources were, specifically in the language departments. If we took a few full ride scholarships and redirected those monies back on the university in needed areas, this would reduce frustration felt by students and staff, and also create the opportunity for people to be able to get into the classes needed for graduating on time.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, join greek life, get involved in student government, hiking, fishing, camping, volunteering.

    Food and Dining

    good variety in the dorms and in the MU, but pretty fatty.

    Dorm Life

    YOU MUST LIVE IN THE DORMS. I lived in Poling (pre-renovation) and the people I met here are in my wedding; truly life-long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes were difficult just because there are so many students (ie. anatomy and physiology) and this makes it a tough environment to focus and ask questions to the professor. What is expected between classes, or even different sections of the same class, are non-consistent. Some classes are harder because the TA's are foreign and you cannot understand the expectations or the lessons.

    Tips for prospective students

    Balance your course load with some lower classes, with some higher classes. Do not wait to register when your registration time for classes is imminent. Always carry a map because many of the building names are similar.

    In three sentences

    Big campus with big opportunities and no direction of how to get there. Little guidance regarding the inner workings of the university (scholarship availability, transferring, course requirements) Amazing sports programs, but maybe we should re-focus towards academics

  • 05/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 186

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    Greek Life

    The Greek life is very interactive, loads of philanthropy and events that are quite unique and creative. They really get you involved and wanting so much more than just parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are loads of clubs if you look for them, fitting all needs and wants, and a great way to meet new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Gaming lab on the 4th floor of Snell Hall, is a unknown treasure for nerds.

    What to do for fun

    If it is sunny out, play sports in the many grass fields, or just hang out in the sun. If it is rainy, there are always events and shows going on in the Manorial Union. Or a hidden treasure is the Gaming Lab in Snell, on the 4th floor there are loads of gaming consoles and computers to use.

    Food and Dining

    The facilities are alright, they will provide you with your basic needs, but are not amazing. The new Arnold Dining Center looks very bright and colorful but the food is less than par.

    Dorm Life

    A little dull, but not for lack of trying, the residential advisors are always putting on events and mixers. You have to want to be apart of everything, and then it will be good.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors and tutors that are all about you learning, and your needs. Even the coaches are always there to help you and figure out what you need to do in order to succeed.

    In three sentences

    A wonderful, inviting and active university, full of hidden treasures. Academics with professors that have been in the field for some time and want to share it with you. And a campus that is always active no matter what the weather.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 186

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    Clubs and Activities

    The Chintimini Wildlife Center is nearby and is a great volunteer opportunity for biology majors.

    Great for these types of students

    Adventurers, outdoorsy people, scientists, engineers

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the Honors college! It expands your research opportunities and classes drop from 200 students to 12!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful Campus. OSU has several research opportunities, many of them outside the country. The professors seem friendly and generally interested in their students and classes.

  • 06/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Bike thefts are about the biggest consistent problem on campus. For anything worse, there's posts all over campus that link students directly to a quick response team at any time of day. There's also Safe Ride that gives drunk students rides home.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life, to be honest, seems to revolve around partying and drinking. Sure, there are several philanthropic events a year, but they seem to originate from sororities. I knew several guys from a few frats, and it seemed every time we hung out they would bring up drinking and try to get us involved in hardcore drinking games.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a Formula racing team who consistently wins national titles with their car. There are clubs from every walk of life that deal with multiple ethnic groups, interests, and religions. Sports and physical activity are also very big here, especially with the necessary physical activities classes that can be really fun (scuba diving, anyone?).

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoors loving students will like it. Engineering seems to have a great, supportive department here, so anyone interested in the field will love it. Seeing as it was first an agricultural school, I can only imagine their ag-science program is beyond amazing, and with the fields right on campus, animal lovers will be in heaven.

    What to do for fun

    It seems that every weekend there are both school-sponsored functions and a plethora of off-campus activities to partake in. Being a small town, frat parties seem to be the main focus of weekend entertainment. However, we are right in the middle of a mountain range - there's trails, rivers, hiking, biking, running, and even the beach, all within an hour or so of campus. Those all make for great weekend escapes.

    Food and Dining

    While there initially seems to be a wide variety of food to choose from, it eventually becomes stale and a hassle to try and eat healthy, filling food within the dining dollars budget. That's not to say the food isn't fantastic - it just gets old after five months of dorm food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great place to socialize and make friends. However, studying in the dorms makes it extremely difficult to concentrate, and sometimes they do get really crazy on the weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    I find the Engineering prep classes challenging but doable, and I can see how they relate to the potential job field. However, I know some departments are being looked at for professor effectiveness. Hopefully this means that overall education will be getting even better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of everything: clubs, tutors, Dixon recreation center, intramural sports. They're all put there for your use to help you excel both physically and mentally, so use all the resources you can!

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is very focused on all aspects of their students lives, not just education. Whether it's fitness, food, or entertainment, they do their very best to allow students to thrive. In and out of the classroom, Oregon State is there for the students.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a top priority for Oregon State. They have campus police, city police, state troopers that go through campus. There is a bus that goes through campus. And if you are walking alone at night and don't feel safe you can call Safe Ride which will pick you up and drop you off anywhere within 15 minutes of campus and it's FREE.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is growing at Oregon State! I am a member of a Fraternity (I won't say which one to not be biased). If you are thinking about going Greek, my advice is to look at as many different houses as you can. Look and see if you like the people in the house. It is a great thing to be a part of!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and intramural sports to participate in. If there isn't a club that you want to join. Create it and spread the word! Great place to make friends with common interests.

    Great for these types of students

    I feel that this is great for any type of student! You can study basically anywhere you want! We have a library that is open 24 hours a day, dorms have a study room, and there are off campus study spots. You just have to explore during your free time. And have good study habits.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is nothing really unusual about traditions or any locations on campus. Get a tour and see this Beautiful campus for yourself though!

    Bang for the buck

    This college has so many opportunities for the students to experience and gives the skills for them to excel in life! Whatever you want to accomplish here, there is someone who will help!

    What to do for fun

    What I do for fun? I love playing intramural sports with my friends, working out, seeing what is happening on campus, there is so much to do! If there isn't a club for what you want to be a part of create one! Possibilities are endless with this great university!

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for food on campus. You have the three cafeterias located one each by the dorm locations. You also have a sandwich shop in the Weatherford dorm. The MU (Memorial Union) also has restaurants like Panda Express.

    Dorm Life

    There are three locations of dorm complexes; on the East, West, and South side of the campus. Each are kind of associated of what major you are going into, but you can still apply to any dorm you want. It is a great place to make friends fast to see if you have anything in common. Make as many friends as you can early, because people get busy later in the term.

    Academic Rigor

    Oregon State is like any other university when it comes to homework and testing. Most professors have their own regiment on how they treat classwork, homework, grading test, etc. If an emergency comes up they will be flexible in a turn in date. But just try to be a good student and turn it in on time!

    Tips for prospective students

    Oregon State is mainly an engineering/ Science school, but it has great programs for other majors as well. It is in a college town so you won't get the big city experience but there is many things to do at this great university. Many extracurricular activities, clubs, events to be a part of!

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is a great school with an amazing campus in the City of Corvallis. There are many things to do on and off campus, which include an event almost everyday. This is a great school for everyone who wants the four year college experience.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 186

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    What to do for fun

    Football games!! And many clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    All depends where you eat but there a variety of options

    Dorm Life

    Depending which dorm you live in....

    Academic Rigor

    Help is there when you need it but you must study to make it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to learn and have fun. Game days are great but finals are not!

    In three sentences

    Beaver nation and proud of it! Wonderful community and a great place to learn and thrive.

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. There are safety booths all over campus where students can quickly call for help if the need arises. There are also campus police to ensure the safety of the students.

    Greek Life

    Time and time again, Greek Life proves that they are a strong community. Greek Life members are highly involved in campus events and provide a strong voice throughout the campus and the community. Annually they show support with their participation in community service projects, and by the money that they raise for the community through their philanthropies. The Greek community is also very supportive of fellow Greek members and has proven in hard times that they may compete, but they are there for one another without hesitation.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an extensive list of clubs and different activities for students at Oregon State to get involved with. If you have a passion for something, or a desire to learn something, chances are that you will find what you are looking for at Oregon State.

    Great for these types of students

    Oregon State offers a great experience for all types of students, whether you want to focus on academics, or want to play sports, learn a language or skill, join Greek life, or become involved in campus government- Oregon State has what your looking for!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On Halloween there is a spooky on campus haunted 'house'. There are spaces under many of the older buildings that are used for plumbing/electric/storage, but come Halloween one of the buildings goes all out to give students a spooky experience!

    Bang for the buck

    Oregon State is a great school! Students definitely get a good bang for their buck. The key to getting the best pay out is to get involved in campus events and activities. There are also clubs for different majors that help students make necessary connection for finding internships and jobs after they graduate.

    What to do for fun

    Corvallis is a really great town with many thing to do for fun. On campus there a many clubs to join and seasonal intramural sports, along with an awesome gym pack with fun activities and classes. There is also an on campus bowling alley. Just a short distance from campus there are great hiking and biking trails.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good at Oregon State. Bing's calzones are a must have!

    Dorm Life

    There are many types of dorms in many locations, all are neat and offer different living opportunities to students.

    Academic Rigor

    The focus on academics and availability of help is really stellar at Oregon State.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the school and set up an appointment with an adviser if you want to know more information about the school or about a specific field or major.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State is a great school! The campus is beautiful and the teachers are helpful and care about the students. Whether you know your education goals or not, there are advisers ready to help you find the right path.

  • 09/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 186

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    Academic Rigor

    Professors respond quickly to issues and are approachable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, utilize your advisors and degree track all the time; if you do, you will surely graduate on time.

    In three sentences

    It is very difficult to find advisors who actually care about the students' success like the ones at OSU. I have been to many colleges, but I never been so proud, comfortable, and appreciative to attend any like OSU.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 186

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is my favorite part of campus. Since it is a small school, I feel safe walking the streets alone at night because of the emergency poles scattered all over campus and how close the police station is. I always feel safe at Oregon State.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities here are also focused mostly on science and engineers. It's very rare that a social club such as Gay Pride group or even the Communications Club are highly represented because they come off as dull or unnecessary to most students here. It makes it harder for students in liberal arts to get involved or represented because of how much we're looked down upon.

    Great for these types of students

    This is where my answers get tricky. I love Oregon State, but as far as my curriculum goes, I don't enjoy it very much. This is the type of school for science and engineers, not liberal arts students. Sometimes, it's truly unfair of the special treatment science field majors get that we don't. So, if you're into science, attend Oregon State. If not, I do not suggest attending here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My group of friends have the tradition of going to a yogurt hot spot called Yogurt Extreme during football game days. Since everyone else enjoys going to bars for that sort of thing, Yogurt Extreme doesn't get crazy packed with people. Only a significant amount go there and it gets pretty intense depending on the game.

    What to do for fun

    Since Corvallis is very small, finding the right group of friends is vital when wanting to do something fun. People that share common interests often find it fun spending time with them more fun than wondering around trying to find something fun to do in this small college town.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining halls here at Oregon State are amazing. Eating here, I hardly ever missed my Mom's cooking, and without having to spend my entire savings, too. The dining halls were probably my favorite part of any campus eating areas.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone should experience the dorm life no matter where they go, at any time in their college years. At Oregon State, I got to meet tons of students from all over the world that lived in the same building as I did. Often, my dorm would have small get togethers and help every neighbor get to know each other. It's an interesting experience and everyone should give it a chance at least their freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are in any sort of liberal arts field, the academic rigor is not too tough. Advisors will tell you what path to take and have you go from there. If you are in any science fields, however, the rigor is tougher. I would know nothing about that because I am a communications major.

    Tips for prospective students

    No matter what your major is, consider taking a dance class. Not only is the dance association here at Oregon State amazing, but in a dance class you'll find opportunity to meet new people, loosen up while learning to dance, and have fun all at the same time.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State is perfect if you love rural areas and science. The small college town makes it easy to make friends and take walks through fresh-aired, beautiful grass fields. This school is perfect for you if you wish to pursue a career in science or technology.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have lived all over the country, and even in other countries, and I can honestly say that the Oregon State campus is one of the safest places I've been. Corvallis is a safe town, and students at Oregon State are friendly for the most part and certainly not hostile. At no point have I ever felt unsafe on campus, even late at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't really big at Oregon State. I was initially interested in joining a fraternity, but decided not to because of the time commitment. I get the impression that not many students at Oregon State are part of Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of clubs at Oregon State, yet I am not a part of any of them. The only club I would be interested in joining; track and field, does not exist at Oregon State. Clubs also go out of their way to find interested participants during the start orientation.

    Great for these types of students

    Oregon State is an excellent environment for just about any type of student. I have met all kinds of people, and honestly, I can't picture anyone being out of place here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At this point I have not encountered any unusual traditions or locations on campus. There is however, an amazing 12,000+ acre college forest, which is a great place to go on a hike with someone.

    Bang for the buck

    The education you get at Oregon State University is of great value, especially if you choose a major that Oregon State is renowned for, such as the forestry program. The food is not really good bang for your buck though.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy playing sports on one of the many fields available at Oregon State. It's not very hard to find people to socialize with on the weekends. There is also the college forest, just north of the campus, which is a great place to visit.

    Food and Dining

    Oregon State's dining service provides decent food, but at a relatively high cost for what you get. There is a decent variety food available, and there are plenty of healthy options. There is also several different dining halls to eat at.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Oregon State University are better than most dorms I've seen at other schools. The bathroom facilities are thoroughly cleaned daily, and the staff is very helpful and accommodating. The only thing I have been disappointed with is the lack of cooking facilities in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been rather impressed with my major's program; forest engineering. However, I have been rather disappointed with some of the core classes, such as the writing 121. Oregon State would not accept my writing 101 credits from the University of Rhode Island, yet writing 101 was far more rigorous than writing 121.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't fall behind on your work, because of the quarter based system, classes move at a faster rate than semester based colleges. Also, its a great idea to develop a workout schedule. It rains a lot in Corvallis, and it's very easy to get out of shape if you don't stay active.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is a very well-rounded school. I have certainly found my niche here, both academically and socially. I believe Oregon State University is a great place for just about anyone that is academically inclined.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am personally a part of a Women in Engineering Sorority and it is one of the best things I have experienced on Campus. It is a way to commect with girls just like me. If you can, Get involved in a Greek Community that is centered around your major!

    Clubs and Activities

    Rowing, Sailing, Dancing, Fitness classes Ect.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, Business, Forestry

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is always something going on in the MU Quad where you will end up will a handful of free stuff.

    Bang for the buck

    It may be a little more of a cost than what pleases the eye, but there are many things that are very great to have on campus. There is a Health office that has everything a college student needs, free football game tickets (if you're willing to camp out), there is a fantastic recreation center/gym, they offer free counselling sessions, craft center, and much much more. It may seem a little much at first, but for all of the resources we have available to us, it is a steal!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many events that are always going on. RA's are really good at getting everyone out of their rooms and getting involved. There is a bowling ally in the MU basement, and there is a huge workout enter at Dixon with a rock climbing wall and swimming pool. There is always something fun you can do at OSU.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the OSU dining centers are very opinionated. I personally think that they are pretty good all things considered. There are many places to eat, with many options of food to choose from. It has been pretty for me to eat healthy as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a difficult transition. From having a home cooked meal and your laundry being folded by your mother, to you doing it all yourself it is hard at first. It wont take long to get used to it though. The only advice I have as for making friends in the dorms are to put yourself out there in that first few weeks, they are critical.

    Academic Rigor

    It is going to be very difficult to keep up with all of your studies, but if you read your books and ask for help from your professors, you will be right where you need to be. There are tons of resources to help you study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a planner and read your e-mails! Manage your time well. You are now responsible for everything that you do. Schedule your classes in time, pay your fees in time, and keep track of your exams.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University has everything that I am looking for in a college. The community is wonderful and it is such a beautiful place to be. If ever there is a question there is somewhere to find an answer.

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many groups, organizations, sports, clubs, and local shops around that there is no way you could ever be bored here. There's even a billiards room and bowling alley just for students on campus! Does it get any better than that? No. No it doesn't!

    Food and Dining

    I'm getting hungry just thinking about the food you can get at the dining halls. They have multiple dining centers to choose from, all with different options, all with options that could satisfy anyone.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are amazing. There are so many options to choose from and they are all so different! It's a great way to make friends, too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be very open to bringing your bike with you, as OSU is a large campus. Also bring comfy walking shoes and wear them to all your classes.

    In three sentences

    This school provides you with so many resources to excel academically. The campus is absolutely beautiful, and displays the beauty of Oregon better than anywhere else. The food on campus is also to die for.

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Housing costs are a little pricey, but overall, not too expensive of a school. Plus a really solid education is what you get out of it.

    What to do for fun

    Greek life, intramural sports, EVERYTHING at Dixon rec center, several rock climbing spots, bowling, pool, swimming. Theres even several laser tag events. It's hard not to find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Hey. Dorm food is dorm food. I recommend Bing's cafe in Weatherford dorm, very delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on the dorm. Some dorms are very excellent, but others are more run down and have bad Resident Assistant's.

    Academic Rigor

    Not ridiculously hard at first, but a good challenge that will keep you on your feet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for financial aid early, try to keep your housing costs low, and be prepared to deal with difficult administrators.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is a hidden gem. If you can get past the difficult administration and people you have to deal with, then you will be rewarded with a great education, and wonderful people. I highly recommend Oregon State University.

  • 01/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    OSU is actually an incredibly safe campus. The State police have their headquarters on campus, so they regularly patrol the area. Also, the light systems work well and there's a cab you can call (it's called Safe Ride) if you're out and alone late at night.It's funded by the school and will take you back to wherever you need to go. Overall, the campus is very secure.

    Greek Life

    I'm not a part of it so I really wouldn't know.

    Great for these types of students

    IB and AP students who want to get their BA or BSc as soon as they possibly can.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The students at OSU have recently started to worship a construction crane on campus. At this moment, they're attempting to put a statue of it in the new student center. Never doubt the crane.

    Bang for the buck

    If you complete the IB Diploma, you are rewarded handsomely. I completed my IB Diploma last year and started this year as a sophomore. That was pretty awesome. However, classes are pretty mundane so far, there isn't really too much to do, and I really do not enjoy living on campus. So, I'd say overall it's decent in the sense that you get to save money if you're an IB or AP student.

    What to do for fun

    Corvallis is a really sleepy town, so outside of the Greek Life on campus and house parties, there isn't really too much to do.

    Food and Dining

    The dining center I live by, McNary, is probably the worst on campus (although the Rainforest Cafe is pretty decent). I'd recommend eating at the West Side since there's more variety, Bing's Cafe is also another great option that's on the meal plan, and/or purchasing groceries at Cascadia Market (near the International Living and Learning Center) to make food for yourself because the dining center food quality is not that great. However, all of the restaraunts featured on the Orange Rewards system (such as Java II in the library) have much nicer foodstuffs. Unfortunately, you're only given $100 in your student account to spend there before you have to pay out of your own pocket, so spend wisely!

    Dorm Life

    I had a really negative experience off the bat, so I'm biased in that sense. First things first, due to the large student population living on campus, OSU has taken to converting doubles (where normally two people live together) into triples (where three people live together). This means that there are three people in a space meant for two. It's rather crowded and there definitely isn't enough room. In addition, I had a really bad roommate experience, so if you decide to commit to OSU make sure you chose a roommate as soon as possible and try to make sure that UHDS doesn't assign one to you randomly. Trust me, it will save you many a conflict. In terms of community, I'd say that my res hall has a decent one. It's just not the type of environment I enjoy living in.

    Academic Rigor

    I can't really speak for many higher level courses because I'm a sophomore, but most of the baccalaureate core classes are equivalent in rigor to that of a mainstream high school course. As an IB diploma recipient, I don't really find many of the courses challenging. However, I'm still only working on lower level requirements and might be pleasantly surprised by the upper level courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some things that I think would've been helpful knowing before deciding on OSU are: ~visit during the academic school year (fall through spring). I visited over the summer and later realized that the school has a completely different vibe during the academic year. ~try to get in touch with the faculty for your intended major. Most faculty members are friendly and more than willing to talk to you about your prospective major and college experience. ~if the honors college rejects you, don't get too worked up. They have really unrealistic standards for students.

    In three sentences

    Quite mundane and not particularly intellectually stimulating.

  • 05/08/2011

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    Great for these types of students

    Has a great NROTC program. I myself am not joining, but I have toured this campus and specifically this program. I have 2 friends / former classmates in the NROTC program. They have done great things with their lives and strongly recommend OSU if planing to go through a NROTC program in college.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    I'm sure if you love going to any school, it's worth the money.

    Will enjoy being here

    I've heard good things about this school from friends who go.

    Will learn a lot

    Oregon is a beautiful state. I hope to visit sometime.

  • 10/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Prospective engineers, teachers, fashion designers, forestry..... great for a lot of majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to the preview days before choosing. I attended the fall preview day last year and knew immediately I wanted to go here.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive but this is definitely more budget friendly of your options.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus and atmosphere!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are great balance of small and large scale classrooms

  • 11/01/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    It seems it would fit most any personality. Someone who likes the outdoors and doesn't mind a little rain might be a good fit.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend visiting first and asking lots of questions to make sure it's right for you.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little pricey for out of state students but it seems well worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus was beautiful and the town was very nice and a lot of fun. When I visited there where a lot of things happening on campus and it seemed like a great atmosphere.

    Will learn a lot

    I am excited to study business here, because the program is great. Also the Honors College sounds like it's beneficial.

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms your fist year! It's a great way to make friends.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always an event happening on campus. Which is good, because Corvallis is a sleepy town. It is so easy to get involved with hundreds of clubs.

    Am learning a lot

    I Love the classes I am taking! I thought it would be a difficult transition because the classes at OSU are so large, but it didn't affect my learning at all. Help is always available.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    For out of state students, tuition is way too much. It is unfair to have to pay three or four times what in-state students are paying just because we are paying taxes in another state. For me, going to OSU was cheaper than going to school in California at an extremely impacted school. I'm still paying over $25,000 for a state school, which is too much.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Really hoping I get scholarships for here...

    Will enjoy being here

    None of my friends will be attending with me. Hopefully I can meet new people who are decent...

    Will learn a lot

    Only school in oregon to offer a Zoology major.

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I am so happy with the campus safety. I'm never afraid to walk alone because I know that there are help buttons on every light pole in town. It's a good town to go to school in if you're kind of scared about safety issues.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is so huge at my school. There are over 20 Greek houses in the town and they make a huge difference in our community. They put on philanthropies all the time and they have such big school spirit.

    Clubs and Activities

    I found myself wanting to join every club because they're all really great. There are about 100 clubs that you can join and you can always make your own. The variety for these clubs are just insane!

    Great for these types of students

    The campus is really great for those that like to volunteer and recycle. Also it's ideal for athletes, Greek life and those focused just on academics. It's a school for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a few places on campus that have a couple unique traditions. Once a year during the spring they set up a stage covered in snow and have a snowboarding competition. They also have music artists come and play to students. It's very fun

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like I'm not really getting the full experience with the price I'm paying for school. You get charged for literally everything i.e.: building fees, incidental fees, etc. and you don't even know what they're for.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities to do in Corvallis. There are many trails to hike up when you're feeling like you need to get outside. Also there is a workout facility called Dixon and it has so many things to offer you'll never get bored.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly the food is a bit bland. On top of that it's high priced and saturated in nasty oils. I was not impressed when I ate at the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very fun. I've never personally lived in one but my boyfriend did and he met so many cool people. It's a fun way to get acquainted with the town and also get the full college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a rather challenging school but it's nice because I know i'm getting the right education for my money. The teachers were very fast paced so it's nice to ask lots of questions. Always make sure to know when your homework is due.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as possible. FAFSA is so important to do January of your senior year. And i'd say just to study hard and do your best on tests in high school.

    In three sentences

    I'd say it's a beautiful school with great programs. The advisors were helpful and I feel welcome here. The only thing bad about it is the cost.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Non-traditional, over-seas or working abroad

    What to do for fun

    Corvallis is close to some amazing hiking and mountain biking as well as a short drive to the beach.

    Food and Dining

    Don't know

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus

    In three sentences

    I'm an e-campus student in the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences program. I find this program to be appropriately challenging and feel that it is really preparing me for a career, not just giving me information.

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    osu is a great school located on a beautiful campus. there are many opportunities here with a great education being only one of them. the athletics department at osu is excellent.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    corvallis has a cute little town with great shops and breakfast places. students get really involved in greek life at osu.

    Tips for prospective students

    stop by the osu craft center and enroll in one of their many interesting art classes such as pottery 101.

    In three sentences

    oregon state university is an amazing school that create multiple opportunities for students to go above and beyond. the faculty are incredibly helpful and personal for such a large student body. the campus is a wonderland of brick buildings that is absolutely stunning in the fall.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the police are always ready no one is ever hurt on campus.

    Greek Life

    the greek life can sometimes be huge on campus

    Great for these types of students

    great for students who like to relax but still have a challenge and a good time.

    Bang for the buck

    great campus, great people, good course, and when it's sunny it is really nice.

    What to do for fun

    there is always a frat party or someone throws a house party. most halls also have events for the residents, if your over 21 there are bars if not you can alway go to monroe street where there are always people.

    Food and Dining

    the food starts off great but it gets old fast.

    Dorm Life

    some of the ra's can be kind of rude, but dorm life overall is fun as long as you keep your door open and meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    the courses are not hard but if you fall behind then it will get hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    bring a lot of rain gear! and make sure too meet with your counselor.

    In three sentences

    the campus is very nice. it is relatively easy to get classes. and the people are great.

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    you'll get the occasional creeper talked about in the paper but i always felt super safe walking around campus and corvallis. there are also blue emergency lights placed on campus you can hit if you feel like you are in danger. there are also programs like safe ride that will give you a ride home from the library late at night.

    Greek Life

    greek life is huge and wonderful at osu. at least give going through recruitment a try. there is a house for everyone. and coming from out of state it was a great way to meet people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are great things at osu that i haven't seen at other schools. moms and dads weekends are a lot of fun. also, if you're part of greek life there is a thing called sing every year that i think is unique to osu. not supported by osu, but people go down to california lake shasta every spring in groups of people which is also a lot of fun.

    Bang for the buck

    expensive for out of state and they don't have the wue. but really cheap if you're in state.

    Food and Dining

    i only gave it three stars because the dining halls have weird hours. if you want anything late night to eat you have to go off campus. they have some really good dining halls. defiantly check out bing's and get a calzini.

    Dorm Life

    great dorms offered. i lived in weatherford and it was amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    college is more challenging than high school. however, i was pretty unsatisfied with some classes. the 100 level bacc core classes can sometimes be taught by tas. or huge lecture and then smaller sections with ta's that don't even speak english.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    many emergency lights and a great campus to feel secure!

    Greek Life

    outstanding! must join! wouldn't have had the same awesome experience if i was not greek!

    Clubs and Activities

    great fun!

    Great for these types of students

    outgoing, fun students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    game days are jam packed with people.

    Bang for the buck

    i feel the involvement factor is worth it but some of the on campus buildings are run down.

    What to do for fun

    hang with friends, the town is not that busy but the campus is.

    Food and Dining

    yummy!

    Dorm Life

    depending on the dorm

    Academic Rigor

    depends on the major

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared for rain! but everything else is so great it makes up for it!

    In three sentences

    great school spirit and awesome people! awesome opportunities to get involved and great professors.

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i have had no issues here! people play the honesty is the best policy game and help each other out. i work late sometimes and i walk all the way across campus. it is well lit and i haven't felt unsafe or had any problems. there are emergency buttons all over campus and campus police that go around. there is a number you can call and get a police escort if you are scared or feeling unsafe walking at night. it is a very safe place, in my eyes.

    Greek Life

    i'm personally not in it but i have several friends living the greek life and they all absolutely love it!

    Clubs and Activities

    there are sooooooooooooooo many different options in just about every field you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    everyone!!! but mainly science and math type of majors, especially engineers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one tradition at osu is humans vs zombies. it's approximately a week long game where students start out as humans (with a few zombies) and try not to get caught by the zombies. they protect themselves with nerf guns or rolled up, clean, socks while the try to complete missions. it is a lot of fun to both watch and participate in. once a human is caught, they become a zombie. zombies must eat every day or two or they die.

    Bang for the buck

    college is always expensive but as far as comparing to other schools, osu gives you the education you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    there are sports and dixon, all kinds of clubs, huge fields for playing frisbee or other games with friends, and a beautiful campus to walk around and enjoy with friends. there are also games and ping pong and what not set up in the lounges if you live in one of the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    there are several different choices for food all over campus. three dining halls, several convenience stores and known fast food places in the mu. plus a street full of restaurants on monroe, right off campus.

    Dorm Life

    it is a lot of fun to live inside the dorms, once you get used to the smallish space and all the people that surround you.

    Academic Rigor

    many of the classes will challenge you, even the ones you may think or have heard are easy a's

    Tips for prospective students

    live in the dorms for at least your first year and meet as many people as you can. make as many connections with other students and faculty as you can.

    In three sentences

    oregon state university has a beautiful campus!! the students and faculty are extremely nice, as are the locals! there are many things going on all the time, especially with dorm life!

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe, there are emergency help terminals all over campus. they were designed so that you are always in sight of at least one.

    Greek Life

    i enjoyed it, it depends on what you're looking for in your college experience. strongest greek system in the state hands down

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of club sports and others. medical societies and engineer programs

    Great for these types of students

    science and engineering oriented

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    it's oregon, so there isalarge variety of natural and organic eateries and coffee shops around town..... if you're into that kind of thing.

    Bang for the buck

    excellent, tuition is way less than what my sister pays at her private school and i would argue the education and experience are superior.

    What to do for fun

    defendant upon the weather and time of year. floating down the river and disc golf are great during the spring and summer. winter get involved in ims.

    Food and Dining

    ,ots of options on campus, but way more off campus. anything you could wish for from subs to indian to pubs. mcmennamins right next to campus is good, but a little slow.

    Dorm Life

    i did not live in the dorms myself, but many of my friends did. life seems to be highly variable. try to get the dorms in the middle of campus such as weatherford and sackett

    Academic Rigor

    as with most things in life you get out what you put in. if you choose to take upper level science classes, you will be very busy, but you will also be rewarded with incredible professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    while the schools is great, the advisors tend to be subpar. you will be best served by speaking to students that have been through your respective program. never go into an advisor meeting expecting them to hold your hand, know your goals and what you wish to get out of your education.

    In three sentences

    an excellent schoo. for those pursuing degrees in science and engineering. the school receives lots of research funding, and has recently expended its colleges of science and engineering as well as built new state of the art facilities.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    on campus, you have dixon recreation center (which has rock walls, a pool, hot tub, sports courts, sand volleyball courts, exercise equipment, and more) and a bowling alley. plus, there are many clubs and organizations for every interest that meet often.

    Food and Dining

    the food on and around campus is excellent and there are many different choices.

    Dorm Life

    people in the dorms are all very friendly with each other.

    Academic Rigor

    classes aren't too stressful, but they prove to keep you academically active.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you're looking for a school that has a very student-oriented campus, oregon state should be strongly considered. the students and the professors are very friendly and always willing to help.

    In three sentences

    osu has everything you could want in a college; it has a beautiful campus, great professors, and very unique people from around the world.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are so many events going on all the time! there is never a dull moment, from going to the gym or having dorm dances!

    Tips for prospective students

    always be on your toes, keep on trucking all the way, and be friendly and not afraid to ask questions or go talk to your professors.

    In three sentences

    osu is a wonderful place! the teacher,students, and staff are all so helpful, and nice. the environment is everything anyone would want in a school.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    engineers, business students, agricultural students.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is almost exactly what you'd expect. you'll make a lot of great friends and have a lot of fun. your floor mates are your family while you're living on campus, and they make for a great networking system.

    Tips for prospective students

    i highly recommend visiting campus before deciding on where you want to attend. my campus visit was what totally sold me on osu. even if it's just a walk around campus by yourself, it's so worth it!

    In three sentences

    oregon state is a beautiful campus with some of the friendliest people you'll find. there's so much that students have access to in order to further enhance their education here.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    volunteer in my community, attend panels, or speaker conferences.

    Tips for prospective students

    a really smooth welcoming for first year students to feel connected and involved. great campus tour with your questions answered in depth.

    In three sentences

    i would say that oregon state is a great campus, with lots of opportunities of involvement and growth. it's a school with lots of diverse students, and great staff to help you. in small words its the beaver nation, with orange pride.

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    fairly safe and secluded.

    Greek Life

    in greek life... i love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are all sorts of clubs around

    Great for these types of students

    outdoorsy, engineers, those okay with small town life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    well under sackett dorm there is said to be a ghost of a girl killed by ted bundy.

    What to do for fun

    lots of outdoorsy things, lan parties, bowling.

    Food and Dining

    only good in west dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    depends on which side of campus, i think west side is best.

    Academic Rigor

    depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    work hard and try not to skip class

    In three sentences

    great campus and greek system. public health department is expanding faster than they can hire professors. staff is very caring

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    rock climbing!

    In three sentences

    awesome. great campus. big campus feel but able to get around easily.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Oregon takes safety of the students and people of campus seriously. Around campus you will see emergency blue lit pillars with emergency buttons where security and law enforcement will arrive when pushed.

    Greek Life

    Being apart of Greek Life myself, I highly recommend it! Being involved by joining a Fraternity or a Sorority helps break down those barriers and helps with making new friends, and your own support system away from home.

    Clubs and Activities

    Here at Oregon State their are many clubs to join! When walking through our Quad you will see them displayed with information and welcoming arms, along with booths advertising upcoming activities on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are a variety of things to do on and off campus for the students with many interests, indoor and out.

    Food and Dining

    The food here on campus gives the students many options! From dining halls, coffee shops, campus grocery stores, and chain food restaurants are available to us the students.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman I lived in the dorms for that entire first year. I would have to say that the dorms on campus at Oregon State University they try to be as involved as possible. It's like the saying goes, You only get out what you put in.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe at any college you as a student are going to see a large change in the transition from high school to college on the severity in school work. As a college student you are now at the professional level and are expected to hold yourself accountable.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for up and coming students would be to get involved. Whether it's in a sport, club, Greek life or whatever. Being involved alters ones college experience significantly in the best way.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State is a great school not only for their science department, and engineering but for the atmosphere also. The teachers are very engaged in their students education, and want them to get the most of the experience. Along with their outstanding educational system, the school has many extra curricular activities for all interests!

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Unless you are very well off, or you get most of your school paid for in scholarships, it isn't really worth it to go here. Most students are in debt before the end of their first year, and they are not even getting to take classes they want because they fill up with upperclassmen really fast. Unless you are dead set on being a Beaver, I would say go to a community college first, get all your pre-reqs done, then head to OSU. It will save you thousands of dollars. I am not exaggerating.

    What to do for fun

    Corvallis is a small town, and there really isn't too much to do. There are some events on campus, and they can be fun, but the most common thing people do for fun is go to parties.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for food, sometimes you have to walk quite a ways though. Most of the food is pretty good, but there are not many options for eating healthy. I have felt like I eat the same things over and over because the dining hall that was closest to my dorm always served the same things. If you are a heath nut, the dining hall probably won't be a good option for you. Anyone who plans on eating in the dining hall should be expecting to gain a few pounds.

    Dorm Life

    I personally was not a fan of dorm life. Some people like it. When moving into the dorms you need to understand that when you have a roommate, you rarely get any privacy. I would recommend finding a roommate before you show up for move in day. Try to get someone who has the same habits and wake and sleep schedule as you. Try to find a roommate that you can see yourself being friends with. It makes life so much easier to live with someone you like, than someone who's every move annoys you.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but just enough to make things not boring. Oregon State definitely provides a good education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get scholarships and financial aid, especially if your parents are not paying for it. The tuition is expensive, the housing is expensive, and all the fees that go along with it are expensive. Also if your parents are not providing you financial support, I would definitely recommend getting a job as soon as you get here because savings run out fast.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State has many very good programs, but you have to be prepared to wait a year or two to get into classes you actually want to take. The campus is beautiful and fairly easy to navigate. Most students and faculty are pretty friendly and helpful.

  • 05/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I have only tried the food once during a tour we did during December, and that was very good!

    Dorm Life

    I have been able to choose my roomates and dorm. And the process was very easy!

    Academic Rigor

    Well I havent started yet so im not sure.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely get all your questions answered early on once you apply.

    In three sentences

    Perfect small community with many opportunities for meeting new people. And amazing resources for financial aid and other programs.

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    I'm only able to take one class right now but it's pretty challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to keep up weekly with assignments.

    In three sentences

    It's a Great school. I'm learning a lot through online courses which is allowing me to work and be a student. The communication is pretty good for an online based curriculum as well.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many services to provide safety for you on campus such as the Safe car. They will take you back to your dorm if you are afraid. The campus is relatively safe otherwise.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs for you to choose from so you can find something that fits your taste.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are serious about their education will thrive well here. Also, people who want to have parties every weekend will enjoy it.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a college where you can party a lot of study a lot. It all depends on what you want to do.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of parties on the weekends since it is a college town. Other than that, there are many sports events throughout the year. They also have a very nice gym. On top of that, the resident halls will inform you on various events.

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple dining centers on campus so if you ever get sick of the food at one place, you can go to the other ones.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is friendly and easy to get along with. However, it is quite expensive so finding off campus housing is a good idea.

    Academic Rigor

    Getting used to studying in college takes a little while but you will slowly form groups with a wide range of people. If you buckle down, it is not too hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared for a lot of rain. Look for books online or buy from other students. Look for housing off campus early on.

    In three sentences

    OSU is a large and versatile campus There are many activities within the school The school is very good with math and engineering programs

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many options at OSU that it's hard to decide what to do. The Dixon Rec center is a massive building with workout equipment, several gyms, two pools, a huge rock climbing wall, and a lot more. There are many student-organized campus-wide games, the Memorial Union Quad gets filled with snow that gets shipped in to snowboard in or play in in the winter. And so much more.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options- the cafeteria, several restaurants (Panda Express, and something else)- and it's right in Corvallis which has several restaurants and other places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm buildings that I saw looked great. A lot of the buildings have recently been remodeled so they are really nice. Everyone who I've talked to who has stayed in the dorms at OSU said it was a great experience. And you can choose your roommate through the roommate matching network which is great because then you don't get stuck with a total stranger if you don't already have a buddy who is planning to go there too.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the Professors I have talked to are enthusiastic about their subject and the classes offered look like they will be really interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're going to college to actually learn and to challenge yourself, rather than to just party, apply for the Honors College. It offers great benefits, it guarantees that all of your classes will actually be taught by professors (as opposed to student teachers), there is a lot of academic help offered through it to students, and Honors College classes have an average class size of 12, rather than a few hundred.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    OSU has tons of student clubs and if there isn't one listed that you want, you can start one really easily. You just need five total people (you plus four more) and a faculty member that you can put down as an adviser, list yourselves as officers, come up with a club name, fill out their sample constitution (fill in the blank), submit a risk assessment file (point and click), and that's it. It sounds way more complicated than it is, but that really is all that there is to it. This works really well if you want to have leadership experience but can't seem to get any.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say that for in-state tuition, OSU is pretty decent. I wouldn't pay out-of-state or international tuition for OSU, though, unless they're offering a major that no-one else does. OSU does have a lot of services available to students, which is great, and certainly worth the price of tuition. You have access to free student area seating for every home game of any sport, which is awesome. Plus career services is helpful for newbies, although for me it's a little small, but they still have a lot of career and internship-related resources. There's also the HSRC which is great if you're an independent student or you parents can't really afford much as they provide a monthly food pantry free for students, rental assistance, healthcare insurance reimbursement, mealbux, etc.

    What to do for fun

    You're kind of limited on fun by whether or not it's raining outside, but inside Dixon is a climbing wall, pickleball courts, basketball courts, a running track, pool, jacuzzi, sauna, etc. Plus there's McAlexander Fieldhouse which has more basketball courts, a shooting range, etc. They recently finished construction on the Student Legacy Fields which has soccer fields, basketball courts, a running track, and bbq areas which are great when the sun is shining. Most people around here tend to play disc golf or frisbee when the sun is shining, but there's almost always a cricket game happening in the MU quad, which is cool.

    Food and Dining

    I give it four stars mostly because of food quality. Food options aren't all that great, but food from the dining halls are relatively cheap and taste good. The most expensive options are in the MU (Togo's, Carl's Jr., Panda Express), but you can also find Bueno's Burritos which gives you a massive burrito for really cheap, plus there's hardly ever a long line, even at 12:30 PM on a weekday.

    Dorm Life

    I can't really speak from personal experience, but OSU does offer quite a few different dorm options as well as co-ops. The price is awful and the rooms are small, but the communities are pretty good. Plus they have a lot of social activities specific for each dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Again, I can only speak about the business school and briefly about engineering. Both colleges have a requirement called Pro School, which is basically having to apply to be an upper-classman in that discipline. You start out as pre- whatever it is (either college or engineering, e.g. Pre-Business) and you take courses that are specific for freshmen and sophomores in that college. Once you are admitted to pro school, you can take 300 and 400-level courses in your chosen academic major, but not really before that. Plus, for certain majors, there are very specific classes that are only offered once during the year. Miss it or fail it and you are entire program is delayed, so stay on top of everything!

    Tips for prospective students

    I can only really talk about the business school, with a slight dabbling into the engineering school, but my experience has been generally good. Admissions is a bit of a joke if you're older than 18, as they only cater to traditional students, but once you get passed that, it's a good school. Lots of activities and resources available, plus a 24/5 library which is great during midterms and finals.

    In three sentences

    OSU is a great little campus, well, little by my standards. Currently there is something like 26,000+ students enrolled, but it doesn't really feel crowded or anything. The general campus has a great east coast feel, lots of red brick everywhere, old growth trees, and generally nice people.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have seen campus security respond to various situations within minutes. They are very helpful and willing to assist anyone in the need of help or danger.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life at Oregon State University is one of the best I have heard. They have events constantly that involve themselves and the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all kinds of clubs one can think of. If you are into numbers then they have the math club. If you are into debating then they have the debate club. If your passion is sports they have various sports clubs including dodge ball.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for any type of student but even more great for those who like to stay active and constantly involved with school activities. There will not be a day a student is not given the chance to be involved with fun school activities if he or she chooses to.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Oregon State University has a great Greek community. This community is close together and heavily involved with the school and community.

    What to do for fun

    The recreation center is open every day till late night where you can go swimming, play basketball, and lift weights. They also built a new outdoor soccer/baseball field that is available to everyone.

    Food and Dining

    There are many great food places throughout the community and on campus. They have your common favorites such as Burger King, Subway, and Taco Bell. They also have great local restaurants with good taste.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms due to being a transfer student but from what I have heard it is a great experience. They have great food and wonderful room space. They also have many resources available.

    Academic Rigor

    Oregon State University offers great academic help. There are many different locations on campus that offer help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Each student no matter what background or skills should get involved with on campus events as soon as possible. They should also meet and greet as many people as they can given that residents of Corvallis are great people and also helping. Last tip is to speak to advisers concerning learning opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is a 10 out of 10. Its has everything that is needed for any student. It has a great community feeling and deserves a 10.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of fun social gatherings. OSU has a D1 football team so going to football games on the weekends is always a fun activity. There are also many trails and parks around Corvallis; a very fun campus if you enjoy outdoors.

    Food and Dining

    I was not very pleased with the food and dining centers. The offer a variety of food, but I just felt like it was not the highest quality ingredients.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms, but i most of my friends really enjoyed it.

    Academic Rigor

    I have found that college is in many was as difficult as you make it. If a student wants to take a very challenging coarse load, Oregon State provides difficult classes in many subjects. Also if a students wants to take a more laid back schedule Oregon State offers a wide array of P.E. classes, including everything from dance and yoga to competitive basketball.

    Tips for prospective students

    Oregon State University has excellent math and science programs, however they are very challenging. I recommend that future students make sure that they review science and math skills if they do not have a strong foundation in the math and science.

    In three sentences

    Enrolling at Oregon State University is one of the best choices I have made in my life. OSU has a great campus, friendly people, and provides a quality education. I urge every college applicant to consider OSU.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    OSU is an ever improving campus concerning safety. They have on campus transportation called Safe Ride and emergency phones on ever block. The most you have to worry about is getting run over by a bike and they are working on that too.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is crazy and very active at OSU. They know how to party hard and are always open to new comers and new members. Greek life is a great way to keep your schedual full at school and keep active in college.

    Clubs and Activities

    from Frisbee to robotics, there are hundreds of clubs to join at OSU. if you want to get on the mountains in the winter there is a ski club or a mountain climbing club. There are ethnic communites and religous groups as well that offer so much to the college experience.

    Great for these types of students

    If you aren't a fan of nice weather and you hate the ducks, OSU is for you. Its a great school for those wanting to study in agriculture, forestry, political science, and more. If you are interested in the Greek life, OSU has a great and welcoming program as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The weather at OSU is all over the place so use it to your advantage. Go out and have a snow fight at two AM or study in the MU quad during dead week instead of the library. say Go Beavs whenever you do anything and yell and the jimmy john's guy.

    Bang for the buck

    walk or bike. Pass on the vehicle. It maybe your only exercise for the day plus its good for the earth and your pocket. Find free events on campus instead of ones that cost a fee and take the bus to the mall instead of your car.

    What to do for fun

    it all depends on your personality but go to the gym, join pac classes that interest you like rock climbing, ballroom dancing, or yoga. Join clubs and if you human vs. zombies intersts you, do it! Be nervous and cautious but try and put yourself out their if it is something you enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    Don't feel bad about gaining that freshman 15 haha! However, dining on campus should give you the opportunity to eat healthy and local and if it does, go for! Support the community and enjoy free food while it lasts.

    Dorm Life

    Do it! meet new people because some of them could be friends for life. Don't feel too lonely or upset if you aren't making friends right away at the dorms, the good ones take time. Be yourself of course at the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on what classes you take and your professors. Don't be afraid to speak your mind in class and get involved. Study hard all year long to do the best on finals. However it is what you experience and learn that is important not just your test scores.

    Tips for prospective students

    When going to OSU or any college, get involved! Go to the gym, walk around the MU, check out events, or maybe join the Greek life. Live on campus your first year and be open to make new friends. Last of all don't forget why you are at school and study hard!

    In three sentences

    Oregon State is a great, homely campus. It is very easy to interact with a diverse student body. OSU has a beautiful campus and offer great opportunites.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Near beaches and malls and many other things.

    In three sentences

    It's a big school, and the classes are big, so you have to be okay with that.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus. Campus security is always around!

    Great for these types of students

    Agriculture Students are in abundance on this campus. The College of Engineering is also an amazing program.

    What to do for fun

    Micro Beers are huge in Corvallis! We have a great Fermentation Science group in campus and they always provide for a good time. The bars are great as well. Add the extracurricular and the sports programs you have yourself a good time.

    Food and Dining

    Good coffee places on campus, have no experience with the student dining, but the places that are just off campus are awesome!

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in the dorms but I have heard great things. They certainly look to be having fun when I walk by the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    A very competitive animal science department, the equine science department could be better, but the teachers have a great knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, play a little bit harder and experience college how it is meant to be experienced. Don't hide and be afraid to live.

    In three sentences

    It has a great campus, an amazing and lively student life. The weather is on again off again rain all year around and they teachers truly try and help you to achieve your goals.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Attending online is more expensive than on-campus prices. I wish this were not the case.

    What to do for fun

    Mountain hiking! Spending time in the forest.

    Food and Dining

    See dorm life.

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately I do not live on campus or even the state but wish I could.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely challenging, especially coming from a community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get financial aid and apply for scholarships on time if you need them.

    In three sentences

    Attending this school online is the closest I can get to my passion for learning about forest ecosystems. Have only taken one class so far and loved it. Look forward to continuing.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are state troupers on campus because of it nuclear testing building. There are also these blue buttons everywhere on campus that if you are in trouble you can go to and push and there will be help there in seconds.

    Greek Life

    There are many great sorority's and fertility's that you can join and I think there is on for everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are may clubs and activities and some of them you might not have seen before, like a rifle club.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for a student that does not want a small University but does not want a large one either, because it is a large University but is has a small University feel.

    Bang for the buck

    There are a lot of things that the school offers for free that help you through out different subjects. Like a writing center along with math and chem help in the library.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is amazing for bike riders. There are movie nights a few Fridays a term and many other things to do that the school puts on there is almost never nothing to do.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great selection of food choices through out campus. This is good because you get bored of eating the same thing everyday.

    Dorm Life

    You get to meet a lot of new people and get accustomed to the college life.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the class you take there is a lot to do, or little to none besides tests.

    Tips for prospective students

    When looking for a dorm try to visit and see them before you pick. Go to class and do your home work.

    In three sentences

    I love Oregon State University so far. It is a gorgeous campus, and I love the teachers. They also offer a lot of help and most of it is free to students, which I love.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a craft center, they offer many interesting and fun classes. Also, they have campus activities. There are movie night, bowling nights, and Battle of the Bands.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't make use of the dining facilities.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live on campus, so I have no useful information.

    Academic Rigor

    There are tutors in any academic field. Make use of them. They are there for you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your adviser isn't attending to your needs, contact the College advisers. They are just as helpful. Don't go through your college experience feeling alone.

    In three sentences

    I found the advisers in the art program to be very helpful. They are more involved, and have a deeper interest in the students. I recommend all advisers take note of their tactics.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe walking around campus even when its midnight. The buddy system is always a good idea and will make you feel a little less awkward but you will be fine on your own if you want. There are also people that you can call to walk you home if you want and there are emergency buttons on campus that will call the police for you. So no worries about this campus.

    Greek Life

    An amazing experience with great people! We have a great many people on campus involved with Greek life and there is a Greek event almost every week. The sisterhood and brotherhood that comes from Greek life will forge bonds that will last forever. There are many experiences that are just made better with a set of sisters and brothers.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of fun activities all around campus like intramural sports, dances, parties, and clubs. There is a club for everyone, in every major, with every interest. There will never be a time when there isn't anything to do, there is always fun stuff all around campus going on.

    Great for these types of students

    Science students should definitely think about applying since it is an Amazing university. OSU is one of two colleges in the nation that has all four grant types: land, water, air, and space.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The MU (Memorial Union) is often the center of many events on campus including the last stages of our epic nerf gun fight called Humans vs. Zombies. Two weekends out of the year are set aside for Family weekends (fall for dads and spring for moms) which are amazingly fun and we have special events for each one. We also have an underwear run during the spring time as well which can be fun.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state tuition you can't beat it, and while out-of-state may be more expensive there are many scholarships to help off set the costs greatly. From the wonderful campus to the friendly people and helpful teachers you really can't beat this university.

    What to do for fun

    There are always parties on the weekends and we are active participants in Thirsty Thursday but there are a great many other things to do on campus and off as well. We have several movie theaters in town and a bowling alley on campus. There are also a great many fields and space at the recreation center to play games. Wednesday nights we also have a dances at the Women's Building (men are always welcome too).

    Food and Dining

    The dinning halls are great! There is one near all the dorms and many other places to eat all over campus for that quick coffee run before class or just an afternoon snack. There are many different types of cuisine offered at each of the dinning hall so that you never get bored.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms are different sizes with different types of people. Everyone is very friendly so don't worry about that but they can be some what loud so if you don't want to deal with the noise of other people dorm life may not be for you.

    Academic Rigor

    The programs offered at OSU are great and will challenge you so be ready to work hard. There is great help offered through the library, the teacher's office hours, and many of the graduate students are also more than willing to help with studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ahead and start applying early to all your colleges. Also you should know that Oregon State University is a major science university so if you are looking for a school with a liberal arts program we have one but it may not be the best choice for that type of degree.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State is a wonderful college that offers great variety with students and classes as well. There are so many fun things to do on campus as well as off and everyone is friendly. Choosing this college was one of the best decisions in my life and I hope this review will help you guys see why.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    5th safest campus in the U.S.! OSU offers Saferide, a student run organization to drive student across campus during the later hours of the night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is HUGE on campus, whether its for you or not it is a great way to get involved in campus life.

    Clubs and Activities

    The KVBR radio station is very big on campus and only growing, as well as Fraternities and Sororities there are a plethora of organizations to be involved in such as the theater community, environmental communities, the riffle club, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers, Science majors, Math majors Business majors, Anthropology and Archaeology majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The covered bridge is a 5 minute bike ride west down Campus Way and is one of the many great spots to relax on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    For both in and out-of-state tuition at current rates, OSU is a stellar choice. You won't be dissapointed.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of activities. OSU offers two indoor centers, one with a full gym, and both with rock walls. The physical activity classes are numerous and diverse, from yoga to wilderness survival. The Dixon rec center also offers a bike shop with free access to tools and engineering students to help with repairs.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but dining options are limited to the same choices year round. If possible set aside money to have extra foods of your preferences in a mini fridge in your dorm room.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm has its own personality, visit the school and get a feel for each!

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering students are required to take a full science back round core before moving into pro-school where they specialize.

    Tips for prospective students

    Oregon State professors do a great job of reviewing material for exams, but cannot get to it all. It is imperative that students take learning into their own hands by reading texts books (assigned or not) and coming to class prepared to discuss and ask questions.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is a true leader in education, the hire staff that are both knowledgeable and helpful. The campus is beautiful and offers many resources to students including tutoring, a food pantry, and opportunities to study abroad. I highly recommend applying and visiting.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With the Nuclear Reactor on campus, the Oregon State Police unite with Campus Security to keep Oregon State University safe all year round.

    Bang for the buck

    Oregon State University is home to the Beaver, and home to you.

    What to do for fun

    There's always on campus events happening in the Memorial Union Quad, intramural sports on the IM fields, and sporting events throughout the school year.

    Food and Dining

    At OSU, the University Housing and Dining Services are sure to provide top notch healthy options to students searching for healthy alternative foods. The on campus dining locations have also converted to green compostable options for utensils.

    Dorm Life

    As a resident assistant, I know first hand that at OSU we are promoting positive living and learning environments for students. This welcoming atmosphere sets students up with resources for success.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic advisers on campus are always available resources to students searching for more information regarding their academics and their future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't hesitate to visit the campus. After visiting a campus, you will know whether it feels like home or not. OSU truly feels like a home away from home.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University provides both academic success and a positive living and learning environment living both on and off of campus. Students and faculty of OSU are welcoming and encouraging towards completing your degree.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great for out-of-state students like myself.

    What to do for fun

    A lot

    Food and Dining

    Many options for good eating and healthy ones as well.

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen year and that is about it

    Academic Rigor

    A wide variety

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management

    In three sentences

    A great institution that provides all the tools for success. With hard work and time management anyone can achieve their goals attending OSU. It offers many tools for achievement and college lifestyle.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    voted safest town in the USA.

    Greek Life

    it does exist.

    Clubs and Activities

    so much to do with so many people.

    Great for these types of students

    the environmentalist types will absolutely love it, that's why I'm going

    Bang for the buck

    Still pretty pricey but a good education wrapped up with an experience full of life, and all placed in a safe environment. so yeah it's just about worth it.

    What to do for fun

    I guess that depends on what you find fun, so it's a good thing there are tons of clubs and activity groups.

    Food and Dining

    I'm not entirely sure what to expect but I know there are a bunch of options for eating.

    Dorm Life

    I already have my roommate and we are discussing what to do with our room. odds are everyone will be pretty cool and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    I expect a great education without being too easy or too hard

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early for a guaranteed spot.

    In three sentences

    Only school in Oregon to offer zoology. Great with environmental studies as well. Plenty of opportunities with internships.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun. You can join a club, go play sports at Dixon, join and IM sports team, or attend one of the many events that they have throughout the span on the year.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of good places to eat on campus. Especially Bing's. But a lot of the food that they have is overly prices.

    Dorm Life

    A very good experience that I wouldn't trade for anything. It's also awesome to live on campus. I was happy when the year ended though and it was finally time to move out.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a lot of challenging classes but there are a mix of classes that you can get an easy A in to boost your GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off your freshman year. Try to stay within 13 and 18 credits every term and take summer classes every summer if you can.

    In three sentences

    I love Oregon States campus and all that they have to offer. They have a great teaching staff. Overall it's a great school.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I never had anything to eat that I didn't love. I am moved off campus now and it is a pain in the butt to have to cook for myself.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living on campus the first year. It takes the pressure off of having to make dinner or worry about paying the bills or anything like that if you were to live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I had a really really tough first year. I needed to learn to ask for help sooner.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to your teachers office hours, get to know them. Ask for help if you need it and find someone to help you. Go to class and don't get behind.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. Tons of resources. Great atmosphere.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking to attend school entirely online, this school is for you. You obtain the same education as anyone who attends the brick and mortar locations.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe the cost is very reasonable. In my search for a school, it was the cheapest I could find with all of the options I was looking for.

    What to do for fun

    Not familiar as I live in St. Augustine, FL and attend eCampus

    Food and Dining

    Not familiar as I live in St. Augustine, FL and attend eCampus

    Dorm Life

    Not familiar as I live in St. Augustine, FL and attend eCampus

    Academic Rigor

    I attend this university entirely online. The classes are challenging but engaging.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would get to know the advisors, they are there for a reason. The online program is beneficial when you have other life factors to attend to. Try to come with an idea of a path you want to take. This can help you plan better and possibly graduate early. Keep in mind this school is on the quarter system, classes can go quicker than semester based programs.

    In three sentences

    First and foremost the faculty and staff are some of the friendliest people I have ever encountered on my educational journey. While the classes are often labor intensive, you acchieve a sense of accomplishment. Best part of it all, the online part is flexible with my full time career.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is numerous things to do in Oregon in general as the coast, mountains and large cities are all fairly close. The campus itself is very active and has sports as well.

    Food and Dining

    Several dorms have their own dining with their own specialties but there is other dining located on and around campus within a short distance.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus by choice but there are numerous lodging options available to students with meal plans.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic standards are pretty high at this univ., however anything is possible if you put your energy into it. Knowledge is worth the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Mainly a math and science school, OSU offers top rated degrees in all fields. Get in touch with an adviser to plan for your future.

    In three sentences

    OSU is a great school backed with a lot of history and success in academics as well as throughout the local community. The school has many well established professors teaching there and provides students with many research and other learning opportunities. Located in beautiful Oregon the university helps students connect with all facets of nature and community.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many different clubs and sports team at this university. To get involve, just find out when the club meets and go to it.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options for food. There are many dining centers filled with different types of food for everyone and there is also some fast food restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The people working are nice and kind. The resident assistants are always making sure students don't do any bad things and it's fun to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor varies from one class to another, but my advice is take each class seriously, even if it's easy class to pass. If a student has trouble, the instructor/professor always have office hours where the student can go in and get some help.

    In three sentences

    This university has a good program for engineering and any science majors. It's easy to get to classes from one building to another because the campus is in one area. The university has a nuclear reactor that is used for research which is very exciting.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Dixion recreation center is the place to be to get in shape.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none that i can think of, except that we all hate the University of Oregon.

    Bang for the buck

    Local Boyz the best food in town.

    What to do for fun

    Sports, hiking, swimming, going down town corvallis, and parties.

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is ok, but the food off campus is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of fun, just be open and get to know everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically speaking, it is a great school that if you take the professors and classes seriously can take you very far.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the days with sun.

    In three sentences

    When sunny it is the best campus you can find anywhere. The IM fields and sports recreation centers are great. It is a fun school that comes together and makes you feel a part of a great community.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Play on the IM fields, go on hikes, hangout on your floor, STUDY!

    Food and Dining

    It gets tiring however they really set it up nicely for you and once your out of the dorm food you'll wish you could go back and eat it. Recommend the pasta.

    Dorm Life

    I loved the dorm life, got set up with perfect matched roommates who will be in my life from now on. Loved the experience and the floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard, you definitely have to work for it and it doesn't come easy. It's not like high school where you don't have to study for a test, you have to give it your all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on your studies, don't let the perks of being a new student get in the way of your academics.

    In three sentences

    Its one of a kind, absolutely amazing. perfect fit for a first year. I met amazing people and life long friends.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we have a campus police and security that roams and also there are emergency buttons placed around campus for students to get to if there is a need for police/medical,etc.

    Greek Life

    wonderful!

    Clubs and Activities

    greek life, so many clubs, anything you can think of there is a club for it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a naked run every year, very odd.

    Bang for the buck

    Our happy hour in this town is wonderful!

    What to do for fun

    Bowling, concerts, parties, hall events, dances, snow in the quad, battle of the bands, relay runs, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Food is wonderful here and so many different places to eat, with many stores and cafeterias. We even have a fresh sushi bar.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are wonderful and big here! All the dorms except one had elevators and food shops inside.

    Academic Rigor

    So many broad areas of study and such a huge list of majors to study in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely become a duel enrolled student with the local community college. Do live in Sackett dorm. Lastly do go to football games and tail gate before hand.

    In three sentences

    OSU has the most gorgeous campus in all of Oregon. We have so many on-campus events and clubs always doing fun activities. Also the gym facility is one of the top most nicest gyms to work out at on a college campus in Oregon.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel so safe at OSU. There are so many ways to keep yourself safe. They have a shuttle that can take you back to your dorm after a long night of studying at the library. Anywhere you are on campus, there is a visible emergency phone.

    What to do for fun

    Dixon Rec Center is a great place to do something new. There is a fantastic rock wall for climbing that is a blast! Downtown Corvallis is only a few blocks away and offers some great places to shop and eat. The beach is only a 45 minute drive away if you are looking to go somewhere on the weekend too! There are many options for fun at OSU!

    Food and Dining

    The food at OSU is spectacular. I have heard dining hall horror stories from my friends and I feel so lucky that OSU has such a high standard for quality.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms my first year and it was a worthwhile experience. You are right on campus and close to all your classes. Having access to all the dining halls is great too. It makes being on your own for the first time a lot easier.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not easy, but definitely manageable with proper time management!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind and try new things! There are so many opportunities for students to find their niche and peruse their passion.

    In three sentences

    The students are incredibly kind and unique. The faculty is also really helpful and are passionate about their subject and care about their students. Here you are not just a number, but treated as an individual.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    One of the top veterinary schools in the country! Great hands-on experience. Tons of fun.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are its to do on and around campus. I have received so much material this past week I will need sometime to weed through them. The Memorial Union always has free or low cost events for students.

    Food and Dining

    Food is decent. They use local organic materials. The only thing is that it is costly. I might have to do some ramen noodles some days!

    Dorm Life

    So far so good. The resident hall assistants are very helpful in showing you the ropes. The rooms (at least in my dorm) are small and old. But, hey that's campus life.

    Academic Rigor

    Class has not started for me yet. But during my research they learned that the school is known for its rigor. I will find out soon enough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the campus. Get a guided tour and be sure to see a department advisor during your visit.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University has a nice campus and friendly and helpful staff. As I freshman I am excited about all that the school community has to offer. Lots to do and lots of opportunities to explore.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never had an issue with security, knock on wood, and hope to never have one.

    Greek Life

    Lots of Greek houses a place for every student who is interested in the Greek Life

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities for everyone, and if there isn't one students are free to create one just for them and their group.

    Great for these types of students

    Student from all discipline should find a place here, the setting is inspiring for artists and writers and research opportunities here should inspire the analytically and scientifically minded alike.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Campus is a great collection of old buildings, very architecturally inspiring, and great parks and common spaces to hangout and enjoy college life.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition seems high but there are so many benefits, like student health and the mind body spa so the bang for your buck makes it worthwhile.

    What to do for fun

    The Outdoors are lovely so weather permitting, bike, hike and play in the sun.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many choices here that everyone is bound to find something that suits them, the prices can range from cheap to steep so keep an eye out.

    Dorm Life

    I have heard both good and bad things about dorm life but I have never lived in.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes require a lot of time and attention but you will hardly find a class that truly bores you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus in before the first day of class. Look for housing way in advance of your move. Relax and enjoy the experience.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful Campus and friendly people. Interactive and fun classes. A place for everyone to find like minded friends.

  • 09/29/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus was very refined and had many clubs and organizations to join. There was a ton of art and sculpture present, which created a great studying environment. There is a huge library!

  • 10/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and join study groups, not only to meet new people but to improve your academic performance.

    In three sentences

    I am happy with my choice in going to Oregon State University. I believe that it is the best educational college in Oregon. The professors from whom I have taken classes have genuinely cared about their students' success.

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At least from my experience.

    Bang for the buck

    At the doctorate level there needs to be more support.

    What to do for fun

    Unfortunately my life and work do not let me do very much, but there are opportunities if you have time.

    Food and Dining

    I have enjoyed what I have experience.

    Dorm Life

    This does not apply to me-but had to rate to submit.

    Academic Rigor

    Great as long as there is support for these expectations--they could do a bit better in this department.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you choose your advisors carefully.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University has a lovely campus. There is a sense of high expectations--sometime without support (at least at the doctorate level). There are many opportunities available.

  • 10/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. There is an adequate amount of patrols to keep students safe and plenty of resources to protect your material and physical well-being.

    Greek Life

    Oregon State University has the largest Greek Row in the state. This means there are plenty of fraternities and sororities to choose from. Most likely you will find one to fit your needs.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for anything. And if it doesn't exist yet, it is fairly easy to get it going.

    Great for these types of students

    The location is great for people who enjoy being active and outdoorsy. The University is very strong for engineering and agricultural students.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a state school, it is more affordable than a private school. But it is still suffering from tuition hikes. And housing costs are, in my opinion, ridiculously high.

    What to do for fun

    Corvallis is very out-doors friendly (if you don't mind the rain) with plenty of hiking and biking trails. The city of Newport on the Oregon coast is only an hour away and makes a great day-trip. Beyond that, there are many student organizations that put on fun events.

    Food and Dining

    In choosing the cooperative house, I get to enjoy food cooked by our own hired chef. This places my rating higher since I get a larger variety of food than a student utilizing the dorm dining centers. They have good food, but not a large amount of variety.

    Dorm Life

    I chose an on-campus cooperative house. It's very tight in terms of privacy, but the house is very good about putting together social events and creating a community feel among residents.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is mostly up to the student. There are plenty of opportunities to push your studies further. But I feel the minimum can be set a bit low.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early. You don't want to get caught without financial aid. And it goes fast.

    In three sentences

    A good school with many opportunities to succeed. The teachers and staff are good at what they do and strive to assist you. The campus and buildings are aesthetically pleasing, especially in the fall.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The town might not be the safest but the campus is, we have police alerting buttons on every other street corner, and yes some strict rules but they are there to keep us safe. there are monthly safety alert messages emailed to all the students, and when something does happen everyone is informed.

    Greek Life

    I believe there are about 6 fraternities and possibly 7 sororities. But they put on the parties and main events every Friday and weekend.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a billion and 1 clubs, and if you cant find what you ant to join, make it, there are over 50,000 students here, someone will join your club.

    Great for these types of students

    party people, night owls, group studiers, weirdos in general, and foreigners fit in nicely.

    Bang for the buck

    If you can find a generous amount f funding this is an amazing place to go to school. This campus is a tiny community all in its own. But it is expensive, so if the funds aren't coming your way, then you can always find just about everything this school offers in other towns, just not as compact. So bang for the buck? Meh.

    What to do for fun

    There are a trillion things to do here. hundreds of cafes to hang out in with friends, frat parties every Friday night and the home games are supported by the entire town. The gym is always open on campus so you can go for swims, relax in the Jacuzzi, climb the rock walls, play sports, or just work out.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly the food is way over priced, so I recommend making a majority of your own meals. but when you do eat out at the schools restaurants you use your meal plan and it comes included with tuition. The food available is decent, I would say they could do better. all in all it's alright.

    Dorm Life

    Wilson hall is where I'm staying and it seems that everyone here is friends and there are mini floor parties and always an event being put on downstairs in the main lounge. quiet hours are respected and the rooms are small but give a generous amount of space when your bed is lifted high up. closets are huge and the halls and bathroom are cleaned every day. all in all I love it here.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on what you take the classes can be overwhelming to easy as pie. a good balance of the 2 can make a perfect semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    My best tip is stay involved but learn to say no, and keep up in your studies.

    In three sentences

    This school is super engaging. There is always something going on, so there is never a dull moment. And the campus is absolutely breath taking.

  • 11/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I am an avid reader and enjoy spending time with my family. We enjoy anything outdoors and spend a lot of time camping during the summer. During the fall we go mushroom hunting and my oldest son, who is in cubscouts, has become quite the mycology expert.

    Food and Dining

    I live on my own with my family and do not have firsthand experience regarding their food and dining on campus

    Dorm Life

    I live on my own with my family and do not have firsthand experience regarding dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are definitely more challenging than at the community college I attended. I have been impressed by the professors and the types of challenging, out of the box assignments that I have been provided thus far.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest making sure that you apply for admission as soon as you know you are graduating if you are a transfer student. It really makes sure that you get the most money from financial aid.

    In three sentences

    When I began looking for colleges to transfer to, OSU definitely rose above the rest in regards to their stellar customer service. They quickly responded to my inquiries and provided detailed information on courses/curriculum that would transfer as well as providing me quick answers. I have not been disappointed in my decision to attend this college and really appreciate the staff and my advisor.

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Outdoor activities, work out facilities, craft centers, clubs and student gatherings, PAC12 football and Mrs. Obama's brother coaching basketball.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the campus and explore the school website for helpful tips and maps or photographs.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, plenty of resources available for students, and great clubs and people to help get you involved in the campus life.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    A very safe campus. The campus has its own police force, and a few State Troopers, make their rounds due to the nuclear reactor on site (for nuclear engineering class). There are emergency telephones on almost every corner. In reality, the most you have to worry about is if you get a kleptomaniac for a roommate. Past that possibility, you and your belongings are safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many oppurtunites everywhere with everyone! You can find Pokemon nights to flag football, and anything in between.

    Great for these types of students

    -Granola students who have an affinity for love -Anyone pursuing a degree in science, engineering, or agriculture

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus has a student-run radio station (KBVR)

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is very reasonable for such a good university with so much to do. Plus, scholarship and grant opportunities are very abundant.

    What to do for fun

    -Clubs and cafes nearby have local bands playing every week -The campus has a rec center with a gym, swimming pool, yoga room, martial arts training, weight training room, rock climbing room, and an indoor track -There is a bowling alley/billiards room -Student clubs and sports are everywhere!

    Food and Dining

    You can get a food card for on-campus cafes included in your tuition if you need it. There are also great cafes and restaurants just a block or two away from the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms and Co-Op houses are really great. You're bound to make tons of friends immediately. They're also very safe.

    Academic Rigor

    There are colleges and courses for almost any study you could be interested in. Also, the classes aren't usually lecture-based. Most are much more hands-on and in the field work.

    Tips for prospective students

    -If you meet the criteria, definitely sign up for the Honors College -Try to apply for the Early Bird deadline if you're positive you want to attend here -As with any university, visit the campus before deciding 100% on going here

    In three sentences

    Just an amazing university. There are opportunities for both education and social activities. The environment and beauty of the campus is enough to make you want to go there.

  • 11/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's a very safe campus. There aren't many things going on, but there are safety 'boxes' with alarms and phones stationed at various points around campus. Overall, they do a good job of notifying people if anything comes up pertaining to safety!

    Greek Life

    I'm not sure about the Greek life. I don't take part in it very often.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a large variety of clubs as well! There's anything from athletic clubs like running club and bowling to academic clubs like pre-vet medicine and dietetics club. It's a great way to meet new people!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is honestly great for all types of students. There's such a wide variety of people here! Transfers, international, local, sports oriented, academic oriented, and so much more!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are several annual traditions on campus here! The ones I've enjoyed most so far is the bonfire the night before our homecoming game and the first away game of the season. For that, everyone gets together and sits on the football field to watch it. It's a great community get together!

    Bang for the buck

    There are so many free opportunities here! All of it is mashed up in your tuition bills so you get free recreation center uses, free rentals (or small fees) for certain equipment. You also get free medical examinations, free tutoring, and there are always events going on if you're wanting to get out!

    What to do for fun

    Being in a smaller, outdoorsy town, there are many things to do if you're into camping, hiking, or biking! I've found that being in Oregon in general is great for these activities, though. Corvallis is literally in the middle of everything so there's a reasonable travel distance to the coast and its beaches, the mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and the highland deserts if you're into rock climbing!

    Food and Dining

    Again, I'm not required to get dining points so I'm not sure how those work. There is a Fred Meyers relatively close to campus and several restaurants on the edges, though! The food is good and ranges from Panda Express to Carl's Jr. to McMinnnamins!.

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately I didn't stay in these dorms (transfer student) so I have no advice on them.

    Academic Rigor

    I think that it depends on the major you choose. All the undergraduate required classes (chemistry, calculus, writing) that you'd expect to have a lot of work in, do, in fact, require a lot of work. Just try to work out your schedule so that there's a good balance of fun and work classes!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to stay on top of emailing, calling, and meeting with advisers, financial aide, admissions, and registration! The process can get slow, and unless you're reminding them, they'll forget about you until last minute.

    In three sentences

    I love Oregon State University! Their academics are extensive, and the people are (mostly) amazing! One thing that stands out to me, though, are the trees in the fall; they make this living on campus a fairytale experience.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe, especially since the community is mostly college students, and campus security is not only vigilant on campus, but is also forgiving to those freshman who may be a bit in over their heads.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge here at Oregon State, and almost everyone finds themselves at a Greek house at one time or another. The Greek houses here are very diverse though, and not at all just those stereotypical Greek houses seen on television.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs on campus for you to look at and get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people looking to experience a fun environment with a lot of nice people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are all kinds of traditions on campus, from the huge tailgating events that go on for the football games to huge Greek end of the year events.

    Bang for the buck

    If your major is in Engineering or Exercise & Sports Science I know personally that you will get a great education and are really making use of the money that you put into this school.

    What to do for fun

    There are intramural teams and sports that are constantly looking for people to join, and there are clubs and there is also Greek Life. There are so many things to do to get more involved.

    Food and Dining

    There are many small restaurants right next to campus, and some small cafes as well as the dining halls on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here is great, and a lot of people move around in between them to find the perfect fit for their personalities.

    Academic Rigor

    The Valley Library is open very late into the night and is open 24 hours Finals week and the week before. There are also many other places to study like Kelly Engineering building and the MU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in and explore all of the different possibilities that are presented to you as a freshman, and don't be afraid to just talk to a random person on the street, as everyone here is very friendly.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University has a great campus with very friendly people. Majors at this school have a wide variety of possibilities ranging from Engineering to Exercise and Sports Science. Having the opportunity to participate in Greek life or the many other activities around campus make this school a great option to consider.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe walking through campus at night. The main streets are always well lit.

    Clubs and Activities

    130 clubs on campus that cover every topic, activity you can think of. Never a shortage of activities to do on campus there is literally always something going on.

    What to do for fun

    Various clubs and plenty of area for playing sports. Monroe street is full of places to eat that is just off campus. Football games are extremely fun to go, as well as bowling, and countless other activities that are held throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    Depends where you go, there is never a shortage of food on campus and the food in the MU is delicious. The dining halls all have themes, so if you feel like Mexican food you would go to one dining place, but if you feel like Chinese there is a dinning hall for that.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome, and based on majors, so you are around people that are similar to you and have the same classes for the most part. Always something to do and ways to get involved with the school.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the courses you take as well as the course load. Also the teachers make some classes harder than they need to be, while others hand out the good grades. Totally dependent on what you are studying. As an engineering student it hasn't been to bad so far.

    Tips for prospective students

    Defiantly consider the school if you are looking at a science/technical major, they care deeply about these areas with undergraduate research available in some majors. Do not be put off by the rain season in Oregon, the education you get from the school is awesome.

    In three sentences

    The professors are helpful, as long as you take initiative to approach them first. There is never nothing to do on campus with is abundance of clubs and various events. The nicest people you will ever meet are on this campus.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue emergency lights can be found all over campus. Because OSU hosts nuclear research, there's increased security with a State Police presence. Campus security hosts lectures and practices drills with students to increase awareness and response time.

    Greek Life

    There's a great diversity in Greek Life. Aside from traditional social and academic ones with reputable national chapters, OSU has sprouted a number of independent fraternities to reflect the many diverse groups and interests of students.

    Clubs and Activities

    More clubs and activities than stars. Ok, that's an over statement, but there's not enough time to participate in them all.

    Great for these types of students

    OSU focuses on science, technology and engineering.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of my favorite hang out spots is the Women's Building. I love to dance, and there's usually music flowing and a comfy couch to settle into.

    Bang for the buck

    The more you participate and take advantage of the university setting, the more bang you shall receive for your buck. My favorite was joining KBVR to host my own radio and TV shows. Where else would you have access to professional equipment and work with software worth thousands of dollars?

    What to do for fun

    There are a number of clubs, social and academic fraternities that hosts many activities with numerous volunteer opportunities too. The university hosts many lectures, concerts, and exhibits that are open to the public. All events can be found on the school's master calendar online or you can sign up with specific list servers.

    Food and Dining

    There is food for any cuisine you might crave, and they are usually very delicious. The hours vary from each dining hall, so be sure to not miss them.

    Dorm Life

    Each floor organizes activities, and it's a great way to meet new people and forge friendships. I would not recommend dorm life if you are a recluse.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, those papers and projects can really add up.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many opportunities for you to try out many things, and expand your horizons. For the numerous opportunities, there are just as many distraction, so stay focused.

    In three sentences

    General education classes can be held in large auditoriums up to 300 strong, but class sizes do become smaller in more specialized fields, and recitations are around 30. Signing up for classes online are done in prioritized blocks, and the best time blocks (between 10-3) are taken up very quickly. The best part about the school are the many clubs, activities, and lectures to attend, and they are easily searched through the master calendar.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    In state, outdoorsy, loves a classic campus feel, small town, athletic, hard worker, partier.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a lot of beaver pride and spirit. On game days, people go nuts with spirit, it's amazing. There's also a lot of diversity, and many multicultural groups and events available on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely. Being in state, I am getting a lot for the price that I am paying here. Totally worth it.

    What to do for fun

    If you having friends with cars or you're planning on bringing a car, that expands the amount of things you can do for fun, such as going to the movies, going shopping, going out to eat, etc...Of course these are available to those without cars, but it just makes things easier. On campus, you can always grab a group of people together and play volleyball at the dixon rec, or go rock climbing. There's a bowling alley at the MU that's open at nights for people to hang out in and bowl. Of course there are the frat parties, and house parties that are always available on weekends.

    Food and Dining

    It's alright, there are days where the food is not very good, but there are also days where it can be good. The opening hours aren't great at Mcnary Dining, but I'll live. Of course, things are going to be overpriced there, but with a meal plan, it usually covers everything you need. I have a preferred meal plan, and I have a little bit of money left over that will roll into the next term, and I eat a majority of my meals in the dining hall so I think that plan was great for me.

    Dorm Life

    Love it. Could not be happier that I chose to live in a dorm rather than off campus housing. I have made so many friends down my hall and when we have spare time, you can always find us hanging out in someone's room and having a blast. It has made my college experience 10x better and is part of the reason why I love OSU so much.

    Academic Rigor

    It's alright, pretty easy, but being a freshman, I expect it to get harder as I go up in class standing. There are lectures with more than 400 students, so prepare for that, but it's not too bad. Of course, since it's a large university, there will be TA's teaching some of the classes, and those are hit or misses. You can expect some lousy teaching, but you can also expect some amazing teachers that will do anything to help you out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the campus, check out what kind of extracurriculars they offer, and take a look at the dorms. Make sure the price is in your range as well.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State was my last choice of 5 colleges I applied to, but I am so extremely glad that I chose this school. I have made a vast amount of memories here just the first term, and I cannot wait to go back after winter break! The campus, people, and the overall atmosphere of OSU is welcoming, and I am really proud to call myself a beaver.

  • 12/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel extremely safe on the OSU campus. There are the lights located all over campus and when night falls, if you feel in danger or if someone near you is acting strange, you press the button and campus security will come immediately. Also, we happen to have a nuclear reactor on campus so there are state troopers on campus at all times. For even better security, there is a free system called Safe Ride that you can call if you don't feel safe and need a ride somewhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pre-pharmacy Society is a great way to meet other students with your interests and of course the same major as you. I recommend joining some sort of club that relates to you, and while Pre-pharm Society is my go-to group, reach out and experience new things that interest you.

    Great for these types of students

    For all you students spending plenty of time in the library! Go downstairs to the first floor, and the cafe is absolutely wonderful. They make the best coffee.

    What to do for fun

    There is not a ton to do in the city of corvallis, but there is the basic movies, bowling, restaurants, bars, and even 18+ years old clubs. As long as you make friends in dorms and classes, you will find many ways to have fun.d

    Food and Dining

    I LOVE the food on campus. They have fast food, cafes, dining halls, and everything. I personally go to a cafe almost every day to get a coffee and bagel, because I have classes at eight in the morning. You will learn which cafe's have better food and coffee for better prices.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms, but I have been in them and have friends who live in them. They are great for making friends and socializing. If you are coming from out of state or just do not know anyone here, dorms are a great option for getting involved. Also, you get what you pay for. If you pay for the cheap dorms, they are not as nice as the expensive dorms. Most people find a happy medium.

    Academic Rigor

    I came in taking pretty rigorous classes my first term, and struggled throughout organic chemistry. I actually turned to a tutor, and it was absolutely worth it because I passed with a B+, and it is a very difficult course. Taking advantage of these services is a very useful tool for success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be willing to try different classes. I came in knowing that a pre-pharmacy major was right for me, but many students are not that certain. They have an exploratory option for a major, and I recommend looking into this because it offers an array of classes to help you decide what you are interested in. Also, don't forget your rain coat!

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love Oregon State University and the variety of classes offered. The campus is gorgeous year round and while there is a lot of rain, it is important to keep in mind that it is Oregon and it is nothing an umbrella and a pair of rain boots can't fix! Overall, I would recommend OSU to any students that are interested in an area of study offered by Oregon State.

  • 12/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I receive notices of all campus concerns, incidents or changes and I live clear down in California. For example, when Japan was hit with the Tsunami, I received updates re: possible Oregon costal tidal wave concerns. These folks are very in tune with their surroundings and technology.

    Greek Life

    I am not on campus, so I cannot attest to these functions.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any of the wildlife biology clubs and organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Voc Rehab disabled veterans, military stationed outside of the US and Oregon, working adults, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I cannot answer this question unfortunately.

    Bang for the buck

    As a disabled veteran, I sought this program out as an online option. I've been very pleased with the way I've been treated and respected as a veteran and student. This is a very motivated staff, faculty and admisitration. Everyone is very helpful!

    What to do for fun

    Are you kidding, in Oregon there are tons of outdoor activities throughout the state, especially dealing with National Parks and resources. And there's OSU Beaver sports! Go Beavs!

    Food and Dining

    I have not sampled the dinning/food as an online student. However, I know it has to meet certain standards.

    Dorm Life

    I'm rating it average as I'm an online student and cannot attest to dorm life. It is a subjective rating nonetheless.

    Academic Rigor

    As I stipulated above. Ensure that you are ready to work hard in the math and sciences. It can be difficult for novices.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know your math, chemistry and biology very well. This program is math, chemistry and biology intense and I don't mean at the high school honors level. Be very prepared to work hard, yet meet some of the best professors and staff available throughout the US.

    In three sentences

    The Fisheries and Wildlife biology program staff are very enthusiastic, helpful and knowledgeable. They are eager to ensure that every student meets and excels in his/her intended field of study. Considering this field is very open and that Oregon boasts of many natural resources, I highly recommend this university for all potentially interested students.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are city, county, and state police that patrol campus. There is also a blue light system that if you feel like you are in danger you can pull the lever and police will be there shortly. From one blue light you can see another one. There is also safe ride operating after 7 p.m. so you can call them and get a ride to somewhere that you need to go.

    Greek Life

    I recently joined a sorority and love being in greek life. The greek life at Oregon State is a very large population. We have 10 sororities and close to 20 fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs on campus that you will find one you are interested in, and if you cannot find one that is fitting for you then you can start one. They also have intramural, club, and varsity sports. Intramural sports are for anyone that wants to be involves. Club sports you have to tryout for and they travel playing other college club teams. Varsity sports are the ones that you think of when you think of a college team.

    Great for these types of students

    Oregon State University is great for just about any student. If they have the major that you intend to be then it is a place that anyone will fit in at. The people that would be most attracted to it would be people going into engineering, agriculture, or forestry because they are top in the nation for these programs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Oregon State University is one of two universities in the nation that is able to conduct studies that involve land, sea, and space. They also are one of the leading universities in research and have undergraduates doing research projects.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that Oregon State University provides us with a good education and many free services while we are attending the university. We have access to the gym as well as health trainers to help out with nutrition. There is also a medical service on campus if you need to see a doctor.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do around campus for fun. There are different clubs that people would have fun doing, there is two recreational centers with sports courts and rock climbing walls, there are intramural sports teams, and a bowling alley in the basement of a building on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options for dining and three dining halls. The dining is kind of expensive though, each meal is about $5.

    Dorm Life

    It was a good experience, however you need to make sure that you apply for everything as soon as you can so you get to choose your dorm room early. The dorms all have very different costs to live in them and floor plans so this is also something to look into.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are very helpful and there are academic success centers on campus to help you do well in your classes. They are included in your tuition so they are free to go to.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip to future students would be to make sure that you are checking for what you can be involved in because it is pretty rare for them to come to you.

    In three sentences

    The experience has been amazing. The professors are very helpful and like to get to know their students by name in the program that I am in. There is always an activity of interest you can get involved in.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe, campus security is always patrolling around. There are emergency lights on many of the street corners on campus, so when you feel unsafe or something all you have to do is turn the light on and campus security will come and pick you up.

    Clubs and Activities

    Each department of study has their own club as well as having different clubs that are open to students of all majors. There is a geo club, the student sustainability initiative, the organic growers club, ect.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every fall, a bunch of students will play a campus- wide game of Human vs. Zombie. The student will start out as humans or zombies and they carry Nerf guns that shoot little foam darts. When there are no more humans left in the game, the game is over.

    Bang for the buck

    Living on campus in the dorms is pretty expensive and tuition is also expensive. The rate is even higher if you live out of state. However, they do offer some financial aid and loans to help lighten the burden.

    What to do for fun

    There are many student activities on campus as well as in Corvallis. All sporting events on campus are free for students to attend and a lot of the local restaurants will offer live entertainment in the evenings.

    Food and Dining

    There are different meal plan options available depending on how much you're willing to spend on food. There are three dining centers on campus and they each offer a variety of food. There are also a lot of little cafes and coffee shops on campus that will accept your meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is pretty expensive and the size of each room depends on which hall you are staying in.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor depends on what classes you are taking, but OSU is a science and engineering school, so most of the classes are going to be difficult. However, there are a lot of opportunities to get help with class work and tutors are always available in the library.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and take your time filling out the application. Look into the different programs and degrees that are offered and don't feel pressured into declaring your major right away. You have plenty of time to explore different classes and declare a major.

    In three sentences

    OSU is very welcoming of new students and they do a lot to make you feel welcome. They also have great science and engineering programs. OSU offers many opportunities to students, like studying abroad and being able to aid professors with research.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's a blue light system around campus.. late at night if you feel unsafe just press one of those buttons and a policeman will come within a couple minutes. There are campus policemen during the day that monitor the community.

    Greek Life

    I live on Greek Row.. if partying is your thing they've got you covered. It's impossible to go on campus without running into Greeks.. can't miss them in their snazzy logo shirts.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for EVERYTHING. The first few weeks of fall term there are Beaver fairs where you can learn more.

    Great for these types of students

    Open-Minded, Diligent, Adventurous

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Apparently about 600+ people participate in Humans vs. Zombies around Halloween time. It's a week-long nerf war. You'll be walking to class and see darts all over the ground. Haha there was even one stuck to the ceiling of the International Building.

    Bang for the buck

    I've talked to several people who've gone to community college before OSU. Although it's cheaper, it takes just as long if not longer to complete your degree going that route. You still have to start at the beginning with your major specific classes. Plus you miss out on the freshman experience! Oregon State is competitively priced, and with scholarships it is completely possible to attend.

    What to do for fun

    Wednesday nights the OSU dance club puts on community lessons for free in the Women's Building. Highly recommend you check it out. IM sports have also been a really fun experience for me. When you need a break from studying, Dixon Rec has hot tubs and saunas.. absolutely free for students.

    Food and Dining

    Mmmm! If I could afford it, I'd get food on-campus every day! Burgers, Asian Food, Mexican Food, Salads, Coffee.. what more could you want?

    Dorm Life

    I personally can't rate dorm life - I live in an awesome Christian co-op house off-campus. If you have the opportunity I recommend living in a co-op. They are cleaner, way cheaper, and it's like having a big family. I stayed in McNary for START, and the dorm walls were paper-thin.

    Academic Rigor

    OSU wants you to actually learn the material and be able to apply it to your life, not just memorize info for tests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry if you don't get the grades you received in high school. Many assignments are papers, and therefore mostly depend on your professors' personal opinions. Use ratemyprofessor.com!!! You will thank me later.

    In three sentences

    It's beautiful here!! Although there are thousands of students on campus, I find myself recognizing many faces from class. Academics are only part of the picture - this campus has it all.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Pretty good places to eat at OSU.

    Academic Rigor

    The school offers some nice science programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    OS is a science based school, mainly for engineering or other science based careers.

    In three sentences

    Many Reynolds High Students are going here for science based careers, so it is a nice school. I am planning on going here for their biochemistry program. Also, I have heard that you can get a masters in 5 years in certain programs.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is creepy at night and very dark. They have implemented new alarm buttons every so many feet, but if someone is chasing you and you hit it, you are standing there waiting for an officer to show up.. Not sure how this saves you from an attacker.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have yet to really find my niche an not sure how students get the time to! But mind you, this is comming from an older student.

    Great for these types of students

    Humanitarians, eco-conservationists and scientists

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Here's a weird thing: No shave November...

    Bang for the buck

    For what you pay, I have a hard time saying I get the most bang for my buck. Parking is horrible, fees are outrageous, and my grants have been cut so I am definitely feeling a hardship attending OSU.

    What to do for fun

    OSU offers many sport programs, fitness programs, and extra curricular involvement. The Memorial Union building comes equipped with an arcade and bowling alley in the basement (awesome!). In the warmer months you will notice a lot of outdoor events happening from battle of the bands to something ridiculous, like surfing a wave. They always come up with something!

    Food and Dining

    Before I found the dining hall (my whole first year of college), I was so burnt out on the local food choices. I was really wondering at that point how everyone survived. But then I bumped into West Dining Hall and fell in love with all the food choices they offer and discount goodies!

    Dorm Life

    As a single mother who lives off campus, I cannot say too much on the experience or financial end of the dorm life. I have noticed however, the nicest place on campus is the International housing; by far superior and fine standard of living if you ask me. (jealous!)

    Academic Rigor

    I am constantly challenged, earning my grades has come through sweat and tears for sure.

    Tips for prospective students

    Finding what you need is not always easy at OSU, you have to dig deep and search everywhere and sometimes it seems you will find a whole nest of goodies you never knew about!

    In three sentences

    OSU is fast and adaptive, which you learn to appreciate as education rapidly evolves. Though very expensive, I am pushed to excel or be left in the dust. I am continuously motivated by a strong intellectual environment and student body plus I have found many many forms of help with different programs and student groups.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very Safe has many areas on campus where you can alert authorities immediately and dorms are entered only by your student ID card.

    Greek Life

    HUGE Greek Life, covers a whole street by campus!

    Clubs and Activities

    I participated in Peer Health Advocates, American Blood Drive Association, Nursing Club, and the Women's Center on campus, all wonderful places! That is just the tip of the iceberg on clubs and activities!

    Great for these types of students

    Any, very diverse campus. Very welcoming to all varieties!

    Bang for the buck

    This is my last year here and I don't want to leave! The campus feels like a home to me and there are so many amazing benefits to being a member of the Oregon State Community.

    What to do for fun

    There are many intramural sports offered, along with an amazing gym, Dixon Recreational Center, which offers everything from weights to swimming pools to racquet ball courts to six full size basketball courts! If you're not the athletic type there are many centers on campus that provide cooking, arts and crafts and clubs to join!

    Food and Dining

    I was closest to West Dining Hall, they have a large variety or food from burgers, milkshakes and fries, to Italian cuisine or a Mexican grill. There is also a nice little connivence store attached to the dining hall with coffee and ice cream!

    Dorm Life

    Great Experience! People in your hall may turn out to be good friends through out your college career!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the level of class you take and the type of professor I've had simple to extremely difficult courses. There are also MANY student help centers located all over campus to help with subjects ranging from math, chemistry, writing, reading, you name it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips I would have for prospective students are study your campus map before classes and involve yourself in activities to meet new people and have as many memorable experiences as you can! Don't be afraid to try new things!

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is an excellent institution to choose to attend for any individual from any background. The campus is very welcoming and full of diversity. Along with a beautiful campus, the school also provides excellent educators that make classes here at Oregon State enjoyable.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is the safest place I've ever been. It is extremely well lit at night and the campus police are always out and about.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a huge part of student life on campus. They run most events and always have fundraisers for students to participate in.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs on campus that range from video gamers to political groups to sports clubs. A little bit for everybody.

    Great for these types of students

    Oregon State has something to offer for everybody, but it especially great for science and engineering oriented majors. These programs are among the best in the nation and it is evident why.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite thing about campus is that in the main quad, there are always protests, rallies, and marches. It is great to know that people are standing up for what they believe in and that so many students are involved in issues greater than themselves.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, be active, explore Corvallis, go hiking at Bald Hill, and just enjoy being free.

    Food and Dining

    I enjoy the food at Oregon State. There are tons of cafes all around campus, so it easy to always find something. My one complaint with the dining services is that the restaurants tend to close early.

    Dorm Life

    I have met so many people by living in the dorms that I would have never met if I hadn't lived on campus. There are always activities and fun events going on. You get the feeling of being a part of a giant family, which is a special thing.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a biology major, so I am constantly in math and science-oriented classes and from what I have experienced the instructors truly care how you do in the class. They want you to understand the material and be involved with the subject. Even though the classes may be tricky, there is always help available.

    Tips for prospective students

    New students should definitely get involved and be active within the university. There are opportunities for everyone here, but you must be assertive and go for them because they will not just come to you.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is an exciting school to be at, especially if you are interested in student life. Sports, clubs, and other organizations are strongly emphasized here which creates a fun environment. The warmth of the students cancels out the chill of the rain to the point where the rain is hardly an issue.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    OSU is the safest campus in the PAC-12. There are safety buttons all over campus you can push if you feel you are in danger and on-campus police will come to that location immediately.

    Greek Life

    I am personally in greek life and I love it! it is a great way to meet people. It is also a great way to stay balanced. Greek organizations have standards they require to be kept with grades, but also are a way to get involved on campus, all while keeping up with philanthropy & community service

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek life, ASOSU- Student Congress, Debate, Sports, Intramural sports (meaning you are playing just for fun), Robotics club. Pretty much anything you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a close knit community.

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state student I feel that Oregon State University has excellent bang for the buck. OSU tuition is relatively low and you get great education, professors who have office hours to spend with you, and great options for fun and friends.

    What to do for fun

    There is not a lot provided to do for fun. Obviously, you can hang out with friends and join clubs all over campus. One specific thing I enjoy is the on-campus bowling alley which is very cheap to go to & has a lot of new people you can meet.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is excellent. Food options are all over campus, but specifically there are always a food hall right outside of the dormitories. This is great for dorm residents who don't want to walk far to get dinner. It is very convenient at a low price.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. There is food options just right outside the dorm. It is easy to make friends in the dorm and Resident Assistants are friendly. The only bad thing is the sanitation of the bathrooms, which isn't up to par.

    Academic Rigor

    Good academic rigor. Teachers provide good education, while making the material reasonably difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure Oregon State University has the major for you. Then explore options in these areas to get the precise education you want.

    In three sentences

    This school is great if you are an in-state. With a variety of majors, Oregon State University opens options to tons of opportunities.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They send out emails, and texts if your on the list, of different campus alerts. These alerts can be as small as about power outages in buildings to something as big as crime committed on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs available to get involved in.

    What to do for fun

    The Oregon coast is about 45 minutes away and there is lot of outdoor hiking in the area.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of placed to eat both on campus and right on the outskirts of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    They has a very well known engineering department that really stretches the students intellectually.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused on classes and take advantage of office hours for both the instructors and TA's. Listen to what your advisor suggests that you take for classes.

    In three sentences

    OSU has a great big university feel in a small town. They offer many different options for majors in the sciences, engineering, and business.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    One of the safest campuses around!

    Greek Life

    Lot's of Greek Life on campus, no worries. If you want it, you'll definitely get it here.

    Great for these types of students

    Students with a desire to earn a Bachelor's or Master's degree.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though it's on the higher side for price, they have some of the greatest programs in the area that make the price very much worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many sports and extra-cirricular activities to get involved in. So many clubs... basically anything you can think of it's there.

    In three sentences

    This school is absolutely gorgeous in all aspects. The staff is amazing, they have great dorms, and reasonable food. They have some of the best programs to offer in all of Oregon.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus safety is very well though out. There are car's that will take you home at night if you need a ride, as well as many police on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in Fashion, Farming, Science, and many other majors.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs you can Join at OSU. Dickson Recreational center is a great place to hang out, go rock climbing and swimming.

    Food and Dining

    The Food in Corvallis is very good. There is a very wide selection of different foods. There is also a good selection of health food options.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the Dorms

    Academic Rigor

    So fare I have found College pleasantly challenging but not overly so.

    Tips for prospective students

    The Campus is very large and I would suggest taking a tour before attending. Going to class is also very important.

    In three sentences

    Oregon state has a divers group of people. The student services are very helpful. The students, and people in Corvallis are very welcoming.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have the safest campus in the PAC 12 and the blue lights help. I always feel safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    I don't partake

    Clubs and Activities

    If you want something you can find it here.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to be involved in a large community and don't mind not having a city super close. Portland is an hour and a half away and Eugene isn't big.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm not really sure there are any.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a state school, I pay the same here I would pay to go to school in state which is nice. I think what I pay makes sense in the economy at whatever but I don't think everything is a 30 thousand dollar school

    What to do for fun

    The campus has lots of things to do and Corvallis has it's charm. Less to do than in a major city but it's a college town.

    Food and Dining

    Very typical dorm/college/cafeteria type food but they always have vegetarian options and it is affordable.

    Dorm Life

    McNary is pretty sketch... But some of the other dorms are great. I encourage people to research the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    So far academics have been easy here for me. But I am taking mostly general core classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, visit the school, be sure that this is where you will be happiest. Even the greatest school isn't the right one if you aren't happy.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State offers a wonderful campus environment. It has top of the line facilities with professors who are very skilled. Plus it's got a great D1 College Life feel.

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Oh man it's huge but don't really know much about it.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are willing to focus Students who do not have a problem not seeing the sun for 9 months out of the year Engineering majors Any one who wants to experience a good and safe college experience

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual traditions, hmmm well I think it's quite unusual when everyone at the football games do a chainsaw sound/ re- enactment when our football team makes a first down. It somehow tide in to the fact thy our mascot is a beaver.

    What to do for fun

    Hiking, going to the coast, foot ball games, for those who are 21 and older lots of neat brewery's in town, snowboarding, Portland, and much more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to work hard to play hard. Use all resources provided to succeed in school. Bring lots of warm clothes and an umbrella.

    In three sentences

    I am pretty impressed how many resources this school provide students to make their college careers as successful as possible. All of these resources are all free no extra charge. Very clean environment and lots of school pride, which makes oneself be more motivated and proud to be a beaver.

  • 02/22/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    great

    What to do for fun

    do sex

    Tips for prospective students

    go during the winter when its raining.

    In three sentences

    The campus is awesome. The girls there are smoking hot. And the fitness facilities are really nice.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is fairly safe, but females should always walk in groups at night.

    Great for these types of students

    OSU is great for students who wish to focus on fields of science. It's also great for students who enjoy sports, as there are constantly sporting events going on.

    What to do for fun

    Being a college town, there are always things to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food in co-ops is wonderful and healthy. In terms of on-campus dining, healthy options are a bit more limited, but there's still something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Co-ops are a great alternative to the resident halls. They offer a community unlike any other, where members are involved in house decisions and become sisters/brothers in a house with long-standing tradition.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are hard, some are easy. It all depends on what you take and how much time you are willing to put into your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus and get a feel for it.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is a great college for anyone interested in science-related fields. Because it is a research institute, there are many opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research. OSU is a beautiful campus and a fun place to spend your college years.

  • 03/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    DANK!!!!

    Great for these types of students

    OSU has something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Game day when band goes to a restaurant in town to pump up the fans.

    Bang for the buck

    More like Boom for the Beaver!!!!!

    What to do for fun

    Games, intramural sports, greek life, athletic center, clubs, anything and everything.

    Food and Dining

    Great food, plenty of options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life for the first year was great, and I moved into a fraternity sophmore year.

    Academic Rigor

    Keep me on going but challenging and insightful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here and find out what you are meant to be...I dare to be who you are capable of being.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is the place I am becoming the person I have always imagined I could be. It is the best campus, best on hands teaching, professors and best sport/activities complex,

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Amazing. Very nice people to be around and also very school focused.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, sports games, bowling and pool tables

    Tips for prospective students

    Be school focused but willing to branch out to new areas on campus.

  • 04/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    non traditional, online

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply! So easy, way better than California system, and has online courses.

    In three sentences

    Easy to navigate webite for services. Awesome customer service in Admissions and Advising. Reasonable tuition.

  • 04/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Lots to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Active lifestyle students, those who like to take part and get involved as well as those who are focused solely on education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is almost always something going on in the Memorial Union, and lots of advertising around campus for organizations.

    Bang for the buck

    You know you are getting a a quality education but it can be expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of volunteer opportunities around campus, and activities to do at most times of the day within in different centers, from crafts to rock climbing.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of healthy choices available, but it's up to you to make those choices because there are alos unhealthy ones!

    Dorm Life

    Met some of my good friends within the dorms. Can sometimes be obnoxious on the weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on the classes you take and your major. Most BaccCore classes are easily passed if you keep up with the work and read the syllabus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know that it rains often during the winter and some of spring. In older buildings try to find the bathroom before class, sometimes it's like a treasure hunt. If you want to be successful it is easy to do so, you just have to focus.

    In three sentences

    There are a lo of academic opportunities. There are a lot of free academic assistance such as tutoring, and other tools for success. The campus is very clean and well kept.

  • 04/25/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I like to run, read, hang out with friends, and shoot the breeze. I certainly like to keep things simple.

    Food and Dining

    Again, I'm not entirely sure. I can imagine they have good food.

    Dorm Life

    To be honest, I'm not at all sure of what their dorm life is like. I have only heard that they provide the necessary things to allow for an easy going life through college.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel that OSU wants to make the most of your social and academic school life. I think they have all of the amenities that would satisfy any student or resident life.

    Tips for prospective students

    With regards to students interested in OSU, find a degree they would love and just go for it. I honestly believe they have a lot of opportunities for many degree programs.

    In three sentences

    It seems like a very relaxed and open environment. I find that the teachers are enthusiastic to take on new student and capabilities of the departments seem impressive.

  • 04/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I'm not too sure on this one actually. The city is pretty small, so you're pretty much limited to campus events. The recreation center/gym is huge and always available for renting equipment, and there is also some sort of 'after-dark' event there one friday a month.

    Food and Dining

    I rarely eat on campus, so I can't really say whether the food is good or bad in the dining halls. there seem to be a lot of places to eat all over campus, so there's plenty variety to choose from all within a short walking distance. I've only ever eaten from the cafes, which serve expensive, but healthy and usually decent snacks and foods. Coffee on campus is utterly awful, though. There are healthy options and vegan/vegetarian options all over campus.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms and therefore cannot say one way or another how it compares to other schools.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I've taken, for a zoology major, seemed to have very little if any homework and instead gave grades based on exams and tests. I've never felt bogged down with a heavy course load, and only need to invest time in studying for tests, which is made easier by professors who post practice exams and study guides.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have credits to transfer over, get it sorted immediately; petition for credits for everything you can and constantly keep in touch with the registrar and your advisor to make sure all your credits are in order

    In three sentences

    OSU has some of the best biological and ecological science programs in the country. The campus is physically beautiful, however the events and campus activies do leave something to be desired.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I believe OSU is rated as one of the safest campus' in the United States. We have campus police as well as the state police that cover Corvallis.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs and activities are always available, especially for freshmen. When living in the dorms its very easy to make friends. There's also downtown which isn't that far, as well as frats and sororities if that's your thing. There's also nearby hiking and biking trails.

    Food and Dining

    I loved all the choices of places to eat, it can get boring if you stay at one dining hall, but its a great idea to look around. Sometimes it can be fun to just make something in the kitchen for you and your dorm mates too.

    Dorm Life

    I had a fairly bad experience with my first roommate, but then I changed rooms to live with a new friend I made, and it went so much more smoothly and things were a lot more fun. Dorms can be loud, so keep in mind not everyone living in the dorm will follow the rules.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on your major, but I think overall it's in the middle range, unless you are going into engineering, in which case that is very difficult, I think at Oregon State academic rigor is as hard as you want to make it. There is a want to achieve on campus, but if you just want to skate by you should pick an easy major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club or find an activity that interests you. It's a great way to meet people, which is very important no matter how many friends you have coming to college with you. Don't be afraid to join a club or a class that by yourself, you can meet some amazing people.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State is a beautiful campus with an immense amount of opportunities. This is a very science and business oriented school, however it also has a great design program as well as plenty of other majors. There are clubs and activities for nearly everything!

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe. We also have a lot to provide when it comes to going home safe such as safe ride which is a free ride the school provides so you can get home safely, and there's also emergency poles that you can click if you need help right away for any reason. Not to mention there's a police station right on campus.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is awesome! I am actually apart of the Greek Life and I love it. I never have anything to do and I got to meet a lot of new people. The Greek Life is definitely somewhere you would want to get involved with to have a great time, meet new people, and get plenty of social skills. It's something I'd recommend to those who are new here at Oregon State.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not all aware of all the clubs but I do know there are a lot at Dixon (School gym) such as karate, weight training, swimming club and more. And for activities there's dancing, soccer, basketball, etc. I am sure with a little more research I'd be able to name so many more.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for any type of student. You like a quiet place? We have a place for that. You like to party? There's a place for that. You like ladies? We have that. You like to try new things? You can here. This school overall has every type of person you can think of.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A really weird tradition is what the people do here on Halloween. They play some zombie game around the whole campus where there's the normal people and the zombies. If a zombies touches you, you are now a zombie and to kill the zombies you shoot them with nurf guns.

    Bang for the buck

    I am not sure what you mean by Bang for the buck but I am guessing you mean what's something fun or entertaining to do for a few dollars. In that case I'd say the street Monroe is the best to spend a few bucks at. There's food joints like Domino's, Subway, Chipotle and more.

    What to do for fun

    For fun there are many things to do, you can go to a small lake near by, Dixon which is a huge gym with basketball courts, pool, weights and more, parties you can go to, big fields, hanging out with friends, and hitting on some ladies!

    Food and Dining

    In my opinion the food is pretty good. Even though it is good EVERYTHING is way overpriced. It's so expensive that they are just taking advantage of students, on top of tuition and the dorm being so expensive is it really necessary to make the food that expensive?

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great way to meet new people but so is the Greek life. Being in a dorm does have its down fall by having all these rules and quiet times but it can also be helpful when it comes to keeping you on track. Be sure to switch rooms if you and your roommate don't get along.

    Academic Rigor

    For academic rigor it is definitely tough if you don't stay on track or study but it is manageable if you do. The courses here for the most part are also interesting and there is always withdrawing a class if it's to tough or you don't enjoy it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for students, have a good idea on what you want to major in. STUDY for every midterm and final. If you believe you are gonna fail a class you can SU it which means it will not affect your GPA.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State is a great school but needs some improvement here and there. Especially when it comes to financial aid. They don't disburse it correctly.

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Engineering

    What to do for fun

    On campus, there are always several events going on and there are multiple intramural fields to play on. Off campus fun depends on access to a car; however, the bus system is free!

    Food and Dining

    I enjoy on-campus dining.

    Dorm Life

    The convenience to classes is great and the dorms are maintained well.

    Academic Rigor

    Most courses are challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    OSU is known for its engineering program. Prospective engineering students are encouraged to look into this school. Also there are many majors and minors to choose from, so don't feel discouraged if it is difficult to decide on a major immediately.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is a massive community of diverse students and interests. There are countless academic programs for numerous major and minor options. Also the campus is gorgeous and will captivate anyone.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have Oregon State Police

    Greek Life

    too many

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons and tons and tons... and its not too hard to start your own club

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, health, sciences

    Bang for the buck

    Out of State gets expensive, but so does any school. The engineering I know is definitely worth it at Oregon State because they are part of a program call MECOP.

    What to do for fun

    Oregon State University has lots of clubs and free resources to use, even an on campus shooting range. Join a club because it is a great opportunity to do something fun and meet new people. Oregon State also has the Dixon Gym (which is huge). There is rock climbing, a pool, and any sport basically. There are also a couple new intramural fields open to students. Football games are also super fun to go with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Oregon State University makes eating very easy by creating a meal plan for students to just use their ID to pay for the food. After living in the dorms for a while, the food starts to get old, but there are three different dining halls on campus to eat from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is average. It depends on which Residence Hall you live in. Some are much better than other. Most of them, the bathroom is down the hall, but this is expected when living in the dorms. They can be loud at times, but it also depends on the people living near you. Overall, they are a great place to meet new friends and get connected in the university (but choose your friends wisely!)

    Academic Rigor

    Oregon State University really pushes for academic success. There are so many different places available for a student to go to if they need help or even if they just want to touch up something in a class. They have things such as the Academic Success Center, math and writing tutors, resume and cover letter help center, a mind relaxation room (called the mind spa), and many other resources free to all students. There is also a 6 story library open 24/5 to all students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to stay productive during winter term because the sun is not out as much and a lot of people seem to lose motivation to do things. As long as you have something to look forward to everyday during winter term, academics should come along easy.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is a very clean and nice school for anybody to attend. It has so many different things to offer, especially in engineering. The only bad thing about Oregon State University is that the Greek life has completely taken over the school.

  • 05/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rated safest campus in the PAC-12.

    Greek Life

    Big Greek system with diverse options.

    Clubs and Activities

    Soooo many different clubs and activities, guarantee you can find something you like.

    Great for these types of students

    Every kind of student can find their place here.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're in one of the engineering programs and an in state student you're definitely getting a great value for your money.

    What to do for fun

    There are a million things to do if you're bored or want to meet new people... a ton of IM sports, clubs, and a big Greek system. Also a lot of hiking and outdoorsy stuff to do around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, there are a lot of options on campus and some great places right next to campus (Chipotle, Qdoba, and more).

    Dorm Life

    Food is pretty good, RAs are pretty chill, but there are some wack policies.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a chemical engineer. It's a big load.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get a campus tour before you make your decision... it's a beautiful campus. Investigate what kind of options your major is going to give you after graduation.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University has been a pretty average experience. There are good things about the engineering program...But there are a lot of things that anger me about how several programs within the university are run.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Great nutritional plans for every diet, and a great variety.

    Dorm Life

    Very interacting and peaceful, good for all students.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging, good for future knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, in the end it's worth it.

    In three sentences

    Very interesting, academically, and effectively towards studies, and student's interests.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a few untraditional traditions at OSU. Such as the undierun, afterdark (the women's right to walk at night alone), and many other traditions that make us a unique school.

    Bang for the buck

    OSU is a great experience for the young socialite, you have a great greek system, as well as many different clubs you can join. It is very easy to get involved at OSU and it is also very rewarding.

    What to do for fun

    Living in the valley of Oregon gives you plenty to do for fun. You have the mountains and the coast within a few hours of you. Living in Corvallis gives you the small town feel but you are also close to many big cities, such as Portland which is only an hour and a half away.

    Food and Dining

    We currently just remodeled one of the dining halls on campus and it is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great opportunity to meet new people and get new friends. Although living in a dorm is small, you have to make the most out of it.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say depending on your major at OSU, the acedemic rigor will vary. I would say any of the physical science majors or any engineering major would be some of the hardest majors at OSU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in your school and in your major. Take advantage of working on campus and getting some type of internship. Working and not just going to school provides you with the discipline for your future career.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University has been a wonderful experience during my time there. They provide a welcoming environment and my major, Athletic Training, has been incredible. The faculty in my major has provided me with the opportunity to go further with my degree and feel confident in my self that I will be successful in my future.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    WONDERFUL! Very close nit community, lots of fun activities, and a great thing to get into.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek life, sports events, really any club you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who need change often, students who need nature around them, students who enjoy close community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mom's and Dad's weekend are always fun, even if your rents don't come into town. Flat tail festival is always a hoot, and of course, greek life has dozens of traditions worth while.

    What to do for fun

    I joined a sorority, so I am very busy with those activities, I am also in the marching band so I am busy with that. I go to sporting evens often, I take photos for fun, I design lots of things on my computer, and I go hiking and biking.

    Food and Dining

    I also do not eat enough on campus to tell you enough about the food.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms long enough to say how good it is, but from what I hear it is a pretty good set up.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend looking into this school, for the calendar set up, and the exploratory studies program.

    In three sentences

    I really like Oregon State University. I enjoy the quarter system, and only being in each class for 11 Weeks. It is well taught in a short amount of time.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There were some issues here this year, but it is a big university so this makes sense, but there is safe ride available and campus security and emergency buttons.

    Greek Life

    There is a thriving Greek life here, but I am not a part of it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mother's and Father's Weekend, A Capella singing every friday, Connect week, Music festival at the end of the year, After Dark, etc.

    What to do for fun

    There is literally so many things going on all the time, just find things you like to do.

    Food and Dining

    Whoops. Check dorm life for this one. Lots of variety, but can get old.

    Dorm Life

    The staff is nice. The dorm food gets boring for some people, but there are 3 cafeterias on campus, so if you get bored of one, just go to another. Some of the dorms are kind of small, but the community is great and there is many things going on in each one.

    Academic Rigor

    It is what you make of it, either extremely hard or easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be lazy. Find something that interests you, a club for example, maybe even one that has to do with your major, and join so that you can get out there and meet people.

    In three sentences

    This is a very large college, but never fear. There is so much going on and so many opportunities available for every type of student, they just have to find their niche.

  • 06/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out downtown and explore. The campus has a nice bus system too to get to different places in Corvallis. We don't have much, but we have a lot of natural areas to go hiking and stuff.

    Food and Dining

    Not the best food, but isn't that all dorm food?

    Dorm Life

    I lived in West Hall and it wasn't bad, it wasn't good either. I have no complaints though.

    Academic Rigor

    If you study and do what you're suppose to do, you'll succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure whether you want to go to this school or not. Check out the campus and walk around or sit in during a lecture. There is a lot of school pride here.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State is a really good school for animal science and veterinary medicine. The Honors college has a Pre-Vet Scholars program where students can get experience early in their college education. There are many opportunities and the campus is very nice and the classes are fairly good.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    My favorite things to do outside of school are hike and swim and this area is filled with hiking areas and water. If you have a dog, there are many places that welcome pets and there are a lot of activities that can be done such as going to the water, seeing different dog shows, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The on-campus food is pretty good. I have never been in the dining halls since I live off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I live off- campus and never lived in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Go to class!

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for prospective students is to read the material. Many teachers say they only test on what is said in lecture and recommend that you read the book. In reality that test on both lecture and reading material!

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University has a gorgeous and welcoming campus. There are tons of extracurricular activities and clubs that can be joined. Often there are displays and events in the quad.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Rated pretty high and the town in general is fairly low crime, especially if you are coming from a larger metro area.

    Great for these types of students

    Committed, driven, outdoorsy types who enjoy science related topics, animals, medical fields and forestry. Great for those who enjoy a cool rainy environment where spring comes early, autumn is long, and winter is fairly mild. Small town but sophisticated.

    Bang for the buck

    OSU is expensive but you get what you pay for. Aim for the best and take advantage of all they offer if you plan on spending this kind of money. You can duel enroll at OSU and Linn-Benton Community College and transfer your credits from LB into OSU, saving tons of money. Meet with advisers at both schools prior to enrolling to make certain your classes at LB are completely transferable to OSU. Credits at LB cost $99 per credit, but $199 at OSU so if you take just a few classes here and there at LB, the savings can really add up!

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of sport clubs, a rock climbing wall, rifle club, horse clubs, tennis courts and the campus is near some great hiking trails, bike riding trails, skiing in winter just East. There are also many sororities and fraternities represented on campus and they do many events and volunteer at varied places.

    Food and Dining

    There are several cafes on campus and because Corvallis is small, it is easy to get to off campus cafes and restaurants. There are some terrific food stores in the area too, including the newly built Market of Choice on the North end of town, the First Alternative Food Co-op on the South end of town, as well as Safeway, Fred Meyer, and Albertsons.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are comfortable and some of the buildings are quaint and vintage. Getting the right roomies is essential. If you are not a drinker, check for dorms that have a zero tolerance so you are comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    I am not yet a student (I will begin in September) but this university is the only one in the USA that offers the major and minor I want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for the best response to both your application and scholarship opportunities. Visit the campus during an official tour, but also visit during a regular day to get a feel for the atmosphere on the campus.

    In three sentences

    Use the interactive map on the OSU website to find buildings and rooms. This tool is very helpful when you find yourself turned around while searching for something, like the store or Valley Library.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although I don't live on campus, I still get the emails they send out campus-wide about any safety hazard or concern.

    Greek Life

    Unknown

    Great for these types of students

    Working professionals looking for a leg up in their field

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unknown

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive? Yes, but well worth the education you are getting from forerunners in the field.

    What to do for fun

    No idea- I don't live in the area

    Food and Dining

    I don't live on campus, never have, never will.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus, never have, never will.

    Academic Rigor

    Good pace, but definitely stretches your abilities

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to pace yourself, don't run out of steam in the first week, and don't let that term paper/final wait until the night before it is due!

    In three sentences

    Online masters program is excellent. Well thought out class structure. Engaging and Encouraging instructors.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food and dinning is a great place. They have good food and provide you with fruit and vegetables as well. They will also have food for students that have an allergic reaction to a sort of food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really comfortable well in the ones I have stayed for some programs. Like the international dorms those are very nice and has enough space for two or three students.

    Academic Rigor

    As I have been researching this college I have seen that they have a great program for student who want to become teacher.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    OSU has many distance learning degrees for students who cannot for whatever reason attend traditional college.

    Tips for prospective students

    It can seem a little confusing and maybe a little overwhelming at first, but you'll feel much better after you've been accepted and have talked with your advisor.

    In three sentences

    Even though I have not started classes yet, I am already very impressed with OSU. My advisor has been very helpful in answering all my questions and getting me ready for my classes. There are many useful resources available to students that make searching for classes easy and even a resource for tracking your progress towards your degree.

  • 07/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been a few incident's in the past of student's who were attacked on campus, but nothing serious or different than you'd expect of a normal campus of 20,000+ students, but the administration and Oregon State Police (who are based on campus) do an excellent job of patrolling the campus at all hours to keep it safe for students at any time of day or night. I have never once felt unsafe while on campus, even on the nights walking to and from the library at 3 in the morning.

    Greek Life

    Stereotypical frat boys and sorority girls who are stuck in their own little greek life world. They usually run around in little cliques though, so it's easy to avoid them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a huge variety of clubs on campus for just about every type of interest group, as well as clubs that focus on religion, race, or sexual preference, so no matter your background all students have a place on campus where they feel welcomed.

    Great for these types of students

    People who like rain, or who are able to suck up walking between buildings without an umbrella. You will be judged if you have an umbrella.

    Bang for the buck

    For a public school, OSU is ridiculously overpriced. It's obvious that the administration uses the money for football and sports facilities, as there are numerous buildings, and classrooms on campus that are falling apart and quite unsafe. The administration needs to make academics the priority and not the football team, since they suck anyway.

    What to do for fun

    Recreational facilities are top-notch and worth checking out, and Corvallis tends to have numerous events going on most of the time. There's definitely something for everyone no matter what your interests are.

    Food and Dining

    The food is fairly good, but way overpriced. Unless you have a meal plan. you're better off walking to the restaurants a block from campus to buy food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are terrible, loud, and smelly. However, it's basically a right of passage for freshmen, and I don't regret my first year in the dorm as I made a lot of incredible life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Probably similar to most other college campuses, courses are what you make them, and the more effort you put in, the more reward you'll get from them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try things you've never done before, whether it's a new sport or joining a new club. College is the perfect time for expanding your horizons.

    In three sentences

    Enjoyable campus life, good variety of courses and overall most professors are really great at what they do and care about your learning. The campus has a lot of activities going on at all times of the day, and just about every type of class that you could ever want to take. Majority of people on campus are friendly and welcoming.

  • 07/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are on-campus security officers daily. Escorts could be used and easily accessed at night. Although there are some cases of bizarre incidents, it can be prevented by not walking alone at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities are advertised through fliers, emails and posters. Each club provides many doors for opportunities which students tend to not take advantage. It is important to know stepping out of a comfort zone is another step towards a success.

    Great for these types of students

    Students should pursue their passion as there is only one life. It is regretful and easy to be persuaded in losing sight of passion. Always be true to yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    Nothing is easy. However, it can be made easy. Oregon State provides a handful of opportunities and guidance, but students just need to take initiative. It is hard to ignore professors who constantly remind students to ask questions and even harder to ignore setting up appointments that are announced daily.

    What to do for fun

    The mouth is used for talking, so do not resist to reveal the voice people appreciate to hear in life. Make deep connections in relationships that will last for years. Have some fun, there are hard-to-not-see fields and activities that are welcome to everybody. The recreational center are full of motivational students who love to compete and there is so much fun in proving people wrong on things which people believe cannot be done.

    Food and Dining

    Convenient, yet difficult to develop survival skills and understanding of the human body. In one year, many students lose their ego after seeing themselves in the mirror. After a while, they lose interest and do not realize the formidable diseases they have yet to face. This is an important unresolved issue and knowing only money can satisfy hunger is a dull spending future, never understanding the power of investment.

    Dorm Life

    Nothing can be worse than losing your privacy in exchange for a few friends who put so much effort in persuading other incoming freshmen to drink when they could be using their energy elsewhere. There are the students who have their mind set on not drinking priorities because they understand affording high-class consumables means sacrificing peer pressure and daily excitement in college for a certain period. Be the person people wish they were who do not realize it until another year has gone.

    Academic Rigor

    Not preparing is preparing for failure. Nothing is hard as long as effort and dedication is a daily routine. Exams might seem like a ferocious volcano, but it only settles down when the course of the work is understood and mastered. Professors are great resources and welcome questioning students to their satisfaction. Fearing to speak with them only causes a more rigorous course for yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Forget school, focus on having fun, meeting the wrong people is a path doomed for failure. Having the right balance between socializing and commitment to education are ignored by a large portion of incoming students. College may seem like a scary place at first, but connecting with the right people sets yourself up for a bright and opportunistic future. Never stop learning, enjoying life and maximizing your network. These are only a few keys towards success.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University prides themselves on interacting with students to its fullest, however the cost of attending the school does not meet the benefits completely after payment. It lacks a modern environment in significant areas and is weak on advising, but has stupendous programs and opportunities for students. Students learn more about themselves and easily figure out their future desires with significant help from clubs and people.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A safe and secure environment is made possible through each member of the Oregon State University community's involvement in crime prevention and sensible behavior. In order to have a safe and successful Oregon State University experience, each person must take responsibility to recognize one's own vulnerability to crime and reduce risks through preventive action and cooperation with Oregon State Police and the Department of Public Safety.

    Greek Life

    The OSU Greek community has 24 fraternities 18 sororities. There are 6 fraternities and 8 sororities without Greek houses at OSU. In total, more than 2,800 students within 42 fraternities and sororities (and growing) are in our community. Oregon State University has four Greek councils - the Interfraternal Council (IFC), the Divine Nine (NPHC), Panhellenic Council (PHC), and the Unified Greek Council (UGC). OSU also has 4 independent Chapters and 6 emerging interest groups.

    Clubs and Activities

    You should definitely be active as much as possible because you don't want all the sitting around, studying, catch up and effect your health. There are plenty of clubs you can be involved in, as well as intramural sports.

    Great for these types of students

    There is more of an emphasis on agriculture, science and engineering than liberal arts. If that's what you want to do, then OSU will provide the education you need to get where you want to go. If you want more of an urban setting, you won't be satisfied here (although Portland is only about an hour away). But it doesn't hurt to check out a school you never pictured yourself at before. Sometimes putting yourself into the environment of a college is all it takes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You will definitely find everything you need on MONROE! That is the spot to be when you are off camps. There are plenty of places you can choose to eat or just kick back with your fellow classmates before or after class.

    Bang for the buck

    I have only been at OSU for a year but so far its been a lot of money for simple classes. At OSU you have the option of dual enrolling in Linn Benton. I would definitely suggest looking into this, especially in your first year. There is a Beaver Bus that will take you directly to Linn Benton which I believe runs every 30 minutes so transportation is not a major issue. Classes are very expensive and you can get the basics out of the way for a lot cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    Oregon State University offers a friendly, welcoming community where students can get involved in their favorite activities and try new ones. Students can choose from more than 300 clubs and activities, including student government, sports, community service, social and environmental awareness, Greek life, theater and music. Oregon State also hosts a variety of events many that are open to the community such as lectures, concerts, festivals and other cultural programs.

    Food and Dining

    Its winner of the prestigious 2009 Ivy Award. There are multifaceted food service operation that provides meals and services to the campus community. The campus welcomes all students, faculty and staff to dine in our three dining facilities. We offer menu selections that will meet dietary and budgetary needs of any guest. In addition, residential meal plans also accept Visa and Master Card, OSU Card Cash, checks and cash. The catering department provides all types of services from the simple coffee service to the extravagant wedding event.

    Dorm Life

    The believe the dorm life at Oregon State is great because every one is excited to be in college, away from parents, and a perfect way to meet other people from different places. The Residence Halls and Cooperative Houses offer a variety of convenient living options and programs for OSU students. On campus housing offers traditional residential environments, as well as programs focused on specific interests such as international education, service-learning, engineering, entrepreneurship and sophomore and above housing.Desks provided offer a working space that is 42 wide x 30 tall x 24 deep with a rear flap that increases the depth to 32. There is a total clearance under the desk of 26. There are 2 medium drawers, 1 large drawer, and 1 pencil drawer directly under the desktop. The desks are movable and each furnished with a chair. Each student is provided with their own wardrobe for storage of clothing as needed. Wardrobes are 84 tall x 36 x 24. The interior section of the wardrobe is 62 tall and includes an adjustable bottom shelf and a bar for hanging clothes 2 from the top. There are 2 drawers at the bottom for additional storage.The beds provided in these halls are movable and stackable. They can be adjusted to have a clearance underneath of 32, 21.5, or 8.5. With an additional loft kit, the beds can be adjusted to have a clearance of 69 or 58.5. The mattresses are extra-long twin.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are really easy to get along with. As long as you show up to class, ask question during class, before or after, and even in a email you will definitely know what is always going on in class. If you don't procrastinate during the school year, get everything done on time before going out to have fun, I promise you it will be really easy to get a really good grade in the class. As long as you keep up with your readings, practice any material you might not know to well, ask question, use your academic resources; you will ultimately do BOMB!

    Tips for prospective students

    For in coming freshmen or students who are transferring to Oregon State. I would recommend to really get involved while attending this awesome school. The dorms would be the best place to really connect with other students because during connect week is the time you can really get to know those around you and get familiar with the campus. It is also a great way to get easy access to all your class or anything on campus the first year rather than living off campus. Ask any question you may have with out any hassle. Everyone is really friendly in town!

    In three sentences

    Oregon State Campus is very beautiful along with great friendly people from all over the country. There are a lot of great resources on campus, the professors are helpful, and any of your personal needs are accessible. This is great campus that any one would love to attend for there is a great vibe all year long.

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Engineers, Fashion, Agriculture, Forestry

    What to do for fun

    Football and socializing is what OSU students do best, I think.

    Food and Dining

    Remodeled Arnold Hall, convenient in that dining halls are close to major dorms. Vegan and ethnic options.

    Dorm Life

    Stay away from Finley unless you are on ROTC or athletics. The quad is good for getting involved and socializing.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on who you ask. I would say the education is moderate.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice is to make appointments with multiple counselors within your department and you might have to do a lot of research before making any type of decision at OSU. Not to offend the athletes or military, but you probably want to avoid Finley Hall unless you have an impressive amount of arm strength. If you're little, you won't be included by the ROTC or athletes who are encouraged to live on that dorm.

    In three sentences

    In my experience, the academic advisors made mistakes and signed me up for classes that were a waste of time (meaning did not count toward my major). There is a lot they don't tell you, or expect you to find out online. For example, research your scholarship requirements instead of asking those who work on the Financial Aid Committee.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great college town. Great community feel.

    Greek Life

    DO IT.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    Join Greek life. Walk down Monroe. Always lots of activities on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Great food in the MU.

    Dorm Life

    They are adding many more dorm buildings and remodeling current buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your course of study. The baccalaureate core makes for a well-rounded education overall though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join Greek life. Get involved in lots of clubs, or make your own - it's super easy!

    In three sentences

    OSU has so many opportunities to become involved and be a leader within the community. The academics were top notch. Wonderful college town.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Although college is expensive, I've really had a great experience so far.

    What to do for fun

    Aside from the frequent sporting events, Dixon Rec has so many fun options for your free time. There are several campus organizations to get involved in as well.

    Food and Dining

    Oregon State has a variety of healthy delicious options to choose from. All of the food options have not only healthy choices, but also wonderful options for those who have food allergies and unique preferences.

    Dorm Life

    It was great living on campus, because it was an easy walk or bike ride to class. I have lived both on and off campus and there are pros and cons to both!

    Academic Rigor

    I have definitely been challenged in many of my courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize all of the services you have to offer! Your student fees pay for a lot of great opportunities to help you have the best experience you possibly can. Some of these are great for helping lower stress, get better sleep, reach out to campus organizations - and much more!

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is a diverse campus with so many options of involvement and opportunity.

  • 08/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Oregon State is pretty big into keeping all its students safe even at odd hours of the night. We have a pretty big SafeRide program on campus that is almost always available to pick you up where you're at and drive you to any other place on campus during the day or night. The campus has a number of Stress Beacons that have buttons that you can press, setting off a blue flashing light, if your feel like you are being followed or harassed and campus security prides itself on being there within the minute.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking for a great Agricultural Science or Engineering program

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of clubs and activities that go on at OSU and you can usually find something that peaks your interest. There is always the Beaver Fair at the beginning of the year which is a big fair sporting booths from all the Sororities and Clubs on campus to give you more information about each one.

    Food and Dining

    The University hosts a great variety of different food options both on and off campus. The dorm food isn't all that bad but there are certainly way healthier ways to eat if you want to avoid to notorious Freshman 15. They do offer a lot of options and Oregon in particular is a stickler for salad bars and healthy food options. Off campus food comes in a pretty wide variety including Chipotle, Cafe Yum, Yogurt Extreme, Roxy Dogs, Dutch Brothers and a number of other food types and of course the incredibly popular American Dream Pizza. Monroe St. right off campus is basically the college student hot spot for anything you could possibly want for close to campus dining.

    Dorm Life

    To be honest, I never had to live in the dorms so I don't really have any experience to rate this off of but I do have a number of friends who lived in or are/were RA's in the dorms on campus. I think it varies per person but a lot of the people I talked to said that the dorms were really a great experience. I think it also depends on the dorms; the nicer ones such as McNary and Wilson definitely gave a better experience to their residence. The dorms are expensive, but there is definitely no shortage of activities to do and friends to be made. One new policy that the University enacted this past year which might change life in the dorms drastically is requiring all Freshman to live in the dorms. I believe students staying at home are exempt, but this still means that many rooms will have to be changed from doubles to singles. Again, the experience definitely varies from person to person, but I could see the dorms getting pretty cramped pretty quickly this year,

    Academic Rigor

    For the most part, the academics are pretty reasonable. It really depends on your major and the types of classes you need but as a Fisheries and Wildlife Major you could not ask for a better campus. The Agricultural Sciences department is amazing and unparalleled having a huge variety of specialties and hands on classes to choose from. Oregon State is also a huge Engineering school and has a number of great programs for multiple types of engineers. To be honest though, the math department is terrible so anyone looking into going into math could certainly choose a better University.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in activities and develop a good group of fun and trustworthy friends! College is so much better when you have things to do with your time and you see people that you know on a daily basis. Students at Oregon State are extremely friendly for the most part so don't be afraid to just start talking to the person sitting next to you in class. I have made a ton of friends in classes over the years just by being friendly and it makes your college experience so much better.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State is an incredibly beautiful campus with any number of relaxing and useful study areas and it's academic success center is extremely helpful in teaching students how to find effective and different methods of study. The University aims to constantly improve it's diversity and encouragement thereof (if anything a little excessively) and is incredibly welcoming to any number of cultures and ethnic backgrounds (LOTS of exchange students). To be honest, the math department is terrible, but the university does have above average Engineering and Agricultural Sciences programs.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Oregon State is all about campus safety. We take all sorts of precautions and have all kinds of cool systems built in that ensure your safety. When you go to orientation they explain how it all works and give you tips to be extra safe.

    Greek Life

    As for Greek life, I don't know.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for almost anything. From your nationality, to a Capella, you can find almost anything here that you can get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a go green activist or enjoy health and the outdoors then this is the school for you. We are all about raising awareness about harmful habits and diseases. We also have one of the top engineering programs!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you go to the football games, between 3rd and 4th quarter they sound a chainsaw to pump up the crowd. Since we are the beavers and we cut down trees and all. The energy is amazing!

    Bang for the buck

    When it comes to textbooks the library has most of them on reserve, so before buying your books, check if the library has them! Then you can check it out for three hours and get your work done there. It will save you a lot of money.

    What to do for fun

    Go to sporting events! Most tickets are free for students.It's an experience unlike any other. Especially if you're new, going to a game(especially football) will help you feel more connected to the school and you meet a lot of new people!

    Food and Dining

    Good food. There are a ton of choices, whether you want some fast food or something healthy, they have it all!!

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in a dorm but from what I hear it's an opportunity that you don't want to miss.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your program and more importantly, on your professor. As long as you take it seriously, go to class and do the work that's required, you should be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off. Go to class and take good notes. Don't spend your education money on things that you will regret later.

    In three sentences

    A school full of opportunities. Beautiful campus year round. Even though it's in a small town, there is something incredibly homey about it.

  • 09/09/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    hang out, catch a flick, enjoy oregon

    Food and Dining

    delicious and spacious.

    Dorm Life

    happy and healthy.

    Academic Rigor

    really focused on education

    In three sentences

    I love the school. Great people, great academics. Hoping to get an Animal Sciences degree.

  • 09/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No place safer.

    Greek Life

    The greek men that I have met are actually nice people, which I did not expect.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone holds doors open for you, it's weird.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs or go to Eugene. It is a pretty small town so there usually isn't much happening during the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Dinning centers are over priced and terrible quality. I had the lowest meal plan I could, while I was in the dorms, and eat out every chance I got to avoid the food offered at the dinner centers.

    Dorm Life

    I found my dorm (Wilson) to be clean and better than I expected dorm life to be.

    Academic Rigor

    I went to a rigorous high school that over prepared us for college and took a few AP classes, so I find the classes here to be easy. So, if you have taken AP classes, expect classes at OSU to be the same level of difficultly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Engineers: Do not fail your classes, or else plan on going to school for 5 years (or doing summer classes at your local community college). The program they have is a very good one, but there are a lot of extra requirements that there isn't much time for. Everyone else: I have no idea, sorry. Oh, the police are great at catching drunk minors and drivers. I know so many people who have been caught.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State is great is you want to be an engineer. They have a very structured and successful plan for you to follow, with a lot of help available. The only thing I'm not a fan of is the set plan you have to follow because is makes graduating in 4 years almost impossible.

  • 09/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They always send out alerts for anything to watch out for. We also have friendly and helpful security. For late night exams though it's best to walk with friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to join, and if you don't find what you're looking for, they make it easy to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    I think the school is great, especially for science, math, and engineering students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is surrounded by many cool stores including a tattoo parlor. There's also a bowling alley in the main cafeteria.

    Bang for the buck

    The bookstores are a lot less expensive at a university than at a community college. Tuition also pays for medical exams which is great for student like me without medical insurance.

    What to do for fun

    There are many events to go to and clubs to join. The gym is fantastic and a great way to burn off the stress.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, but a little expensive. They do offer food pantries though and and send you many coupon books.

    Academic Rigor

    They offer a lot of help. The tutoring center is great and the library is open 24 hours to students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the campus grounds and buildings. Make friends and join study groups. Get involved with campus life.

    In three sentences

    The buildings are old but lovely. The teachers are enthusiastic. Tutoring is easily accessible.

  • 09/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a big priority here. For example bike theft is a issue due to how many people ride in this area so the school has a bike registration setup with them and the police. Also they have security and even have a laptop type registration too. I believe for the women they have classes about safety too. The campus security and police also work hand in hand so the have overlap with each other if an something happens on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said before there is so many clubs and/or activities that the school offers, it caters to almost every type of student and what they like. To checkout the clubs and activities I would say go to the OSU website they will give you a list.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, athletic, science majors, business, students that like a relaxed environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One location that I love but it might be because I am an engineering major is their Kelley building. Its the main engineering building but it is self sufficient. When it rains the water is saved for the bathrooms. Also water is recycled through a filtration system. It has solar panels for energy and that's just what I know so far.

    Bang for the buck

    Going to school is expensive but going to Oregon State does offer a lot for the money that I am paying. Not just in the way of classes but other things to keep me entertained to so I don't get burned out on school work.

    What to do for fun

    When we have a home game of any kind the whole city turns into black and orange. I ride bikes and enjoy the trails around the area. This isn't a major city and we are in Oregon so if you like camping or hiking there is a ton of that. Also with all the fraternities and sororities you should be able to find a party somewhere. Also being part of the school you can use the Dixon building which has two rock walls, two olympic size swimming pools, two basketball courts, weight room and a ton of other athletic stuff to do. Plus you can join clubs to do other things you may like there is a lot of clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Since this is a college town they have some great pizza shops and not just dominos or pizza huts. There is a lot of small sit down places but not many major named restaurants. I have been trying different smaller restaurants and have found them to be a little better the bigger names. Now if you like food for game day Corvallis has a bunch of micro brew places with good game food like burgers and things like that.

    Dorm Life

    I can't comment because I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't started but looking at my books for this term coming up depending on what level you are at they are a little tougher on the engineers because this is one of the top engineering schools in the country. Now if you listen to the professors and study I don't see a problem with keeping up with the academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the move from another city if not from the area it can be expensive moving from one city to another. Also plan leave yourself plenty of time to get settled in here so you are not running around like crazy trying to get things taken care of a week before school starts. Also don't be afraid to ask questions Corvallis and the surrounding cities I have found are very friendly. Lastly if you don't have a vehicle they have free buses here and this is a very big bike community so drivers are used to bikers and are more friendly than other places if you ride a bike.

    In three sentences

    Very friendly school, as soon as I wanted to go here they had me setup on visits, tours, on group socials to meet other students and faculty of the major I was going to be in. Also with the other sections of the school that I was not majoring in were helpful if I ever need anything, the environment was very welcoming. Lastly since this is a college town you don't feel like an outcast, others have the same issues or likes that you have, you never feel alone.

  • 09/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always crazy people, but there are always state police on campus and emergency call stations and buses to take you home if its late.

    Greek Life

    Always fun

    Clubs and Activities

    There are TONS

    Great for these types of students

    Nerds Smarties Over achievers Geeks Party lovers Mellow students Driven students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an underwear run during connect week.

    Bang for the buck

    College is WAY too costly, but OSU will give you the whole experience.

    What to do for fun

    Catch movies, go bowling, or hike in McDonald forest!

    Food and Dining

    Good food and style of service!

    Dorm Life

    It's what you make it. The dorms are good, but the buildings are older.

    Academic Rigor

    This of course depends on the program you are in, but the pre-med and pre-pharmacy classes are challenging but also fun. Just stay on top of the work!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study! But remember to have fun. Look for balance.

    In three sentences

    This is your chance to become the person you want to be. OSU will let you do that while encouraging you to be and do your best. It's a chance to live, laugh, love, and learn.

  • 09/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of different dining options and they are close and affordable.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice here, as always some are nicer than others, but overall they are much better than I've seen at other places.

    Academic Rigor

    It varies widely because of the types of classes that you take, if you are looking for very rigorous you can find it but there are also PAC classes which are like gym for something fun and relaxing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the campus but also a tour of the college you are thinking about entering, for example the college of engineering.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is an amazing diverse college both in the people and the programs available. The research opportunities are plenty and there are plenty of things to do outside of the campus. Last but certainly not least the gorgeous campus is filled with staff that is eager to help you succeed.

  • 10/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Bowling, pool, working out, indoor soccer, clubs, organizations, sports and many more.

    Food and Dining

    No complain about the food. Great majority of choice and always fresh food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the best. Get to meet new people each day and also learning how to get along with others and also helping each other.

    Academic Rigor

    Really good school. Have many different majors and professors are always happy to help students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships and join clubs and community service organizations. Make new friends and study together.

    In three sentences

    Really good University. Great students and professors. Great Community to be around.

  • 10/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus has multiple events going on every week. I always go to those events because they are a great way to have fun and meet people. I also go to all the sporting events that the schools hosts. The sporting events also create a sense of community and a feeling of belonging.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is pretty great as well. There are a lot of different options; healthy vs. unhealthy. The downfall is that most of the different options are spread out across campus. If you're willing to walk more than a hundred feet from your dorm to get some food, then you have a lot of options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are also pretty nice. The dorm life encourages you to interact with others and it also enforces the idea that Oregon State University is a community. Everyone in the dorms are very supportive and interactive. It is a great way to meet people and become a part of the Beaver Nation.

    Academic Rigor

    Oregon State University is a very highly recommended academic school. One of the main focuses of Oregon State University is engineering so there is an emphasis on science and math. The classes and teachers expect a lot from their students, but this is a good thing because it means that you are getting your money's worth.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to apply for as many scholarships as you can. Even though Oregon State University is amazing, if you do not have enough funds to pay for college, you will spend most of your time stressing out about that. Also, try to get involved in clubs and extracurricular activities. This is an easy way to meet people. And most importantly always visit your professors during office hours. They have specific times set out to visit with students, and most people don't take advantage of this.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is an amazing school. The classes and teachers are great; I learn so much. And the people are so friendly; it definitely feels like you are part of a community.

  • 10/14/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Take safe ride always at night!

    Greek Life

    There is more than the housed greek life so get educated and informed before you make a decision and do what everyone may be doing! There are lots of multicultural, academic, service, engineering, science, business and other interest related sororities/fraternities you could benefit from.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Kelly Engineering or cultural centers are great for studying if you can't find a spot at the library or need a change!

    Bang for the buck

    Go to Thai Chili!!

    What to do for fun

    What is there not to do for fun? Corvallis is a small busy city filled with college students. Put yourself out there and I'm sure you'll find fun! Be safe!

    Food and Dining

    West Dining Hall is by far the best. I feel Arnold and McNary tie for second!

    Dorm Life

    You will get as much out of the dorm life as you put in. Get a random roommate and go out of your way to make friends. The more you put yourself out there, the more you'll enjoy your time in the dorms. However, it's easy to get caught up in your social life in the dorms as it tends to be loud and busy! Get away to the 6th floor in the library when you need to study instead of the study lounges in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It's definitely not easy but it's not impossible. As most schools, attend classes but actually pay attention and take good notes. Spend those extra hours in the library or get tutored if you need to. I definitely recommend office hours. Professors aren't as scary as you think and don't bite!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as much as you can to make the most of the education you're paying for. There are cultural centers, academic centers and even places on campus where you can stop by to de-stress with a massage. Attend sporting events and really get involved whether its a club, sport, job or even greek life.

    In three sentences

    This school has a lot of resources to offer if you're a student that takes initiative and makes the most of their time there. Study hard and go to office hours! Attend beaver games because not only are they fun but you're paying for them in your tuition!

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is times where you will have midterms or final exams at 7-8 at night that are all the way on the other side of campus. But you always feel safe, there is a number to call to have someone come and pick you up if you don't feel safe and there is also blue lights on every street corner, so if you feel you are being watched you push the button and police respond immediately. I feel 100 % safe on campus all of the time.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a great opportunity to be a part of. It is a group of people that you can go to for anything (school or personal), I am part of the greek life and I have already made so many new friends and it is great because most of the girls have the same major as you, therefore you have the same classes and get together to work on assignments that one person or the other may be having trouble with.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a never ending list of clubs and activities here at Oregon State University. I have joined several clubs myself as well as the Greek Life, which is an amazing way to make everlasting friendships.

    Great for these types of students

    For student who enjoy studying alone or with friends, the library is a great place to go. There is also countless coffee shops that you can meet up at and get some work done.

    Bang for the buck

    I definitely agree that Oregon State University makes sure you get more bang for your buck. As long as you utilize all of the resources provided for you, you will get your money worth and not be disappointed.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do. There is bowling, movies, activities happening around campus all the time, sporting events. Downtown Corvallis is also not too far from campus and has a lot of fun stores and restaurants. Also just hooking up with friends and staying in for the night and having movie night is a great stress reliever.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus before accepting, it will 100% make up your mind. Join as many clubs as you can without stressing yourself out or overdoing it, it is a great way to make new friends as well as get help from other students who may have the same major as you and have already been through it all. Attend sporting events, this is a great way to take a breather and take a break from school work for a while.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is one of the most beautiful and welcoming campuses I have ever visited. The professors really make an effort to have a personal connection with you whenever you need help or just to check in. Oregon State University has an unbelievable amount of resources around campus for anything that you are looking for to fit your needs.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Football games!

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the online program for computer science.

    In three sentences

    Flexible. Useful. Respected.

  • 11/14/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty great. (:

    In three sentences

    Excited to do the ROTC NAVY and study Mechanical Engineering here.

  • 11/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    WOrk and school. I also play lots of IM sports with my friends which is a great way to meet other people as well.

    Food and Dining

    Don't eat on campus that often, but whenever I do the food is excellent.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are fun and you learn a lot, but you need to always put the effort in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look for your major and opportunities around OSU. IT's a great campus and atmosphere and you will enjoy every minute of it.

    In three sentences

    Great atmosphere in a beautiful setting. Wouldn't change anything.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early so you can get your acceptance letter sooner.

    In three sentences

    I loved the campus but the one way streets got really confusing. The gym facility looked amazing and I cannot wait to get to use it. All the emergency stations on the campus make the area seem very safe.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    THe campus is really nice. I like their sport facilities they are very mondren and up todate. The enviornment is very friendly and fun.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun, there is a gym on campus. Nearby there is the pool and a movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    There is a wide selection that contains stuff for everybody, There are healthy choices to eat as well.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are a bit cramped, but it comes fully furnished, which is quite nice.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I have heard, OSU has some of the best science programs in the state. Also, the offer just about any class that you could imagine.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think that all prospective students should visit the campus to get the feel of it before they actually go there.

    In three sentences

    I rate OSU as a 10 out of 10. The campus is absolutely beautiful and easy to navigate. The professors are kind and professional.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security and the university is always on top of notifying students about incidents on and around campus.

    What to do for fun

    Corvallis is a really neat college town, with something always going on. There is a lot to explore outdoors as well. And of course, it's always a blast catching a Beavers' game!

    Dorm Life

    Lots of great options to fit your housing preference.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to speak with all the major departments, such as Admissions and Financial Aid. Financial Aid has a Facebook page, and it is easy to get updates on what is coming up and scholarships that are available.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is a great place to learn from people who are passionate about what they teach. There is a fantastic amount of school spirit! OSU is a great place to be.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    OSU is great for all kinds of students. With a wide variety of programs, a large amount of clubs and organizations, and it is centrally located from anything you could want.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state is very expensive, the school doesn't do a lot to help you figure out how to pay for school. But the school does offer a wide variety of majors and minors.

    What to do for fun

    I am on the Oregon State Women's Rugby Club. I also take advantage of our excellent Rec Center. There is also a lot of really great hiking close by.

    Food and Dining

    Campus offers a wide variety of food options, even for those who have allergies or are gluten intolerant.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean. There were not a lot of opportunities set up to interact with dorm mates. The RA's are very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Students are held to a high standard. Especially in upper level courses. Be prepared to spend a lot of extra time studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to school early. Apply for as many scholarships as you can find. Continue to meet with your adviser though out all of your terms here, they will help keep you on track to graduate.

    In three sentences

    The campus is excellent, very well kept. Everybody is extremely nice and welcoming. The university offers a variety of services, such as student health services, Safe ride bus, and the Rec Center.

  • 02/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have many instant emergency call posts around campus along with campus security making regular rounds around campus in the evening. OSU has a van pool called safe ride where if you feel the lack of security on your way to home, work, campus (ect...) they'll provide safe transportation.

    Greek Life

    It's a wonderful part of the university. They give back to the community and have higher average GPA when compared to the university as a whole.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs here to even talk about, and if there's one you don't see you can make it happen.

    Great for these types of students

    Forestry, agriculture, liberal arts, mechanical/civil engineering, sports medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, sustainability, business, earth/atmosphere/water science, and public health and human sciences.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that with everything it's all about what you take out of it. If you don't take advantage of many resources round campus then you'll probably feel cheated.

    What to do for fun

    The recreation areas are rock walls, pools, racquetball courts, numerous basketball/volleyball courts. The town is an hour from the coast or some slopes for your ocean or mountain activities.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat on campus. They don't have the all-you-can-eat set up as some universities but I believe it reduces the freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    With the renovations that have been going on many improvements have been made. The rooms are adequate for two people, and the bathrooms/showers are cleaned daily.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are difficult but when the university wan't to allow you to be competitive with the rest of the academic world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep yourself open to new ideas, it's a time in your life where you're going through changes. Look for hands on opportunities in your desired major or field, many professors and research staff have undergrad positions in labs. Remember to take advantage of the resources around campus!

    In three sentences

    OSU is a wonderful university when if comes to the sciences weather it's liberal, engineering, math, physical or biological. The professors and staff are focused on providing a vehicle for success. Students are well spirited and open to the others' ideas, dreams and well being.

  • 02/15/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    I'm researching between the two schools and can't decide which has more school spirit.

    In three sentences

    What makes this OSU better than U of O?

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Oregon State Police has a constant patrol on campus, which is provides a feeling of security.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Adventure Club is an awesome way to get involved with other students through recreation trips to various parts of the Pacific Northwest.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy, sustainable-minded, down-to-earth individuals.

    What to do for fun

    Go rock climbing in the Pacific Northwest's tallest indoor climbing center; go hiking in the nearby Coast Range or 12,000-acre college forest, play disc golf at nearby Willamette Park, fishing/kayaking/canoeing/rafting in the nearby Willamette River. Take a short drive to many more outdoor recreation opportunities, including backpacking, kayaking, skiing/snowboarding, mountain biking, etc. Take classes with the Adventure Leadership Institute.

    Food and Dining

    Oregon State University offers an array of decent food on campus, but the true food is nearby, with a great selection of vegetarian and healthy options, along with many brew pubs, Corvallis is a great place to be.

    Dorm Life

    I never had the opportunity to live in the dorms; as a transfer student, I moved into a house immediately, though I have friends who live in the dorms and enjoy them. Most are co-ed, though a few of the older dorms have different floors for men and women. Currently building a new dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Oregon State are challenging and varied; their sciences are unrivaled, with programs and majors such as Nuclear Engineering, Wood Sciences, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, and many more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Whether or not you are decided upon a major, if you enjoy outdoor recreation (whether you have skills or not), take a course (or three) through the Adventure Leadership Institute, which provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on skills, have fun, and attend awesome trips. The ALI offers many certifications as well, if you are thinking about possibly pursuing a career or employment in a recreation setting, such as a trip leader, or a climbing wall instructor.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University has fantastic forestry/natural resources programs (it is actually considered to be the top forestry school in the United States), and many opportunities for hands-on learning. The Adventure Leadership Institute (ALI) is a recreational field studies program within the college that is rivaled only to programs such as NOLS. The faculty within ALI are very enthusiastic about their work, and the facilities, rental gear, climbing gym, bike shop, and field outings were a major deciding factor on attending the university.

  • 03/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You cam particpatw on intermural sports, or attend the sports games that are taken place here at the school, or get involved with Greek life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to set goals for yourself and always follow through with those goals. Be determined and make sure you continue to strive and not give up on what you want to accomplish.

    In three sentences

    The school is great, it has a lot of resources to offer and the people ate very friendly here. The campus itself is very beautiful and the overall environment is a great place to be in. I really enjoy the campus and rate it 10/10.

  • 03/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do for fun! Because I live in the co-op we have socials and have activities with the other co-ops. There are a lot of club, organizations, and intramural sports to be involved with. The Willamette River is just a walk away and there is a movie theater. You can always find a group of friends and play ultimate Frisbee.

    Food and Dining

    Because I live in a cooperative house, we have a chef that cooks lunch and dinner for us Monday-Friday. I have only eaten at one of the Dining centers twice so I cant give any feedback on the food and dining centers. I do know that they have a variety of foods and most dorms have a little kitchen on each floor to prepare your own meals.

    Dorm Life

    I am not living in a dorm but rather a cooperative house with 55 women. I love the environment of a co-op and would highly recommend it. Unfortunately, the on campus co-ops will no longer be available after this year. I love that I know everyone in my house and that the cost a cheaper. I will also be living in an off campus co-op house next year and do not know that much about dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Oregon State has a lot of material to go through in ten weeks and they move at a fast pace but they also take time to make sure you understand it. There are a lot of resources available if you are struggling or just need a question answered. So far, I have only been in prerequisite classes and have reviewed material from high school to be prepared to take the higher level classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Choose your major wisely. It is fairly simple to change but it is better if you can avoid it all together. - Get involved. Oregon State has a lot of clubs and organizations to be a part of where you can meet new people and build your resume. -Take fun classes. OSU has a lot of classes and you can choose from a wide variety for your required baccalaureate core classes.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University has a lot of opportunities in the science field. Oregon State University has a beautiful campus. Oregon State University has any class imaginable.

  • 03/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Really healthy and prosperous Greek life system. Lots of houses and more coming each year. Very involved on campus!

    What to do for fun

    Greek life is great. Dixon rec center is really cool.

    Academic Rigor

    The physics is really challenging!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind, and explore all the school has to offer.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State has a beautiful campus. The classes offered have fantastic variety. The library is state of the art and a great place to study with friends or alone.

  • 03/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Biking, walking, lots of restaurant nearby.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're from a small town like me, it takes a bit to get used to 30,000 people wandering around!

    In three sentences

    The campus is huge but everything is easy to walk to. It's a bit overwhelming at first but you get used to it. The professors are great.

  • 04/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never once felt unsafe on campus. OSU is very good at sending out warnings when there are updates of potential unsafe activities on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs to join, intramural sports, and a walk-on rowing program. On top of these, students can take Physical activity classes and work on campus. Getting involved on campus is the best way to ensure a good experience in your years here.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are alright, nothing too exciting to brag about. The hours are somewhat strange and hard to figure out, but all over they are not terrible. With the wide array of choices available you are sure to find at least one thing you would like to eat. There are plenty of healthy options available, and the small store on campus is incredible.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life was average in some dorms, and above average in others. Dorm life is what you make it, if you close your doors and don't socialize you are setting yourself up for failure. With all freshman required to live on campus, the dorms are an incredible place to meet life long friends that will change your college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    OSU has some rather tough classes, but all in all they are more than manageable. With a little work and some extra time, any thing is possible. The professors here are always willing to help, and classes are only as hard as you make them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join at least on club, group, or sport while you are attending OSU. This is an incredible way to make friends and get out of your comfort zone. Make sure to take care of your classes, but have a little fun while you're at it.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State University is an incredible university, and has been everything I wanted in a college. The campus is beautiful, and easy to understand, and the students here are all incredibly welcoming. The classes are highly educational, and have been taught at a very high level.

  • 04/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There isn't much to do in Corvallis, but you can join clubs or use the gym. You can also explore downtown Corvallis which is not a very far walking distance from campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining halls is decent, but a little repetitive after awhile.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is a good way to meet new people, but it is a hassle to have to share a room and bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough at times, but the course work is doable if you really want to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip I have for prospective students would be to be out going and feel free to ask questions when needed.

    In three sentences

    The students are mostly all accepting of people of all races. The buildings are easy to find and not very far from each other if living on campus. This school also many places to receive help of mostly any kind for students around the campus.

  • 04/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always people out and about, which makes me feel a lot safer when walking around campus alone. There are lights on just about every street, and these awesome little towers that can help keep you safe. These towers have buttons on them that will contact someone to come help you if you're in danger. Even at night, I don't feel unsafe wandering around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs! The variety is amazing, allowing for anyone to find a couple that interest them.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as tuition goes, you get a lot for your money. You get a membership at Dixon, access to countless academic services, and access to a nearly unlimited amount of health services.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of options for you to choose between for fun. Whether you love sports, video games, or just hanging out; there's definitely something on campus for you to participate in. The variety of clubs is amazing, and I can guarantee you'll find at least few that you just have to be a part of. Of course, there are plenty of parties to choose from as well, but be sure to balance the partying with clubs that will be helpful in keeping you on track for graduation!

    Food and Dining

    One word pretty well encompasses the food, at least for McNary: Terrible. The options are very well varied, and the healthy options are usually pretty terrible. There was one dish that my roommate and I got, and we were unable to finish eating it because of how terrible it was.

    Dorm Life

    My biggest complaint has been living in dorms. At home, I ate fairly healthy and could sing in the shower. In dorms, I find it very difficult to do either of those things. Of course, there's always at least one healthy option at every dining hall. That one healthy option at the dining hall close to my residence hall is usually pretty close to inedible, though. The dorms themselves are WAY overpriced. Ten thousand dollars for a broom closet is more than a bit steep. The quality of these broom closets is all right, but nothing terribly special. The only benefit I've found to living on campus is being able to utilize all the resources provided to students, but I think it would have been just as easy to utilize them by living close to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are definitely more difficult than high school, but there are a lot of resources to help make it easier. I have enjoyed the level of difficulty in each of my classes because they have challenged me to think deeper and differently about their respective topics, without being at such a high level of difficulty that I feel overwhelmed and unable to keep up. Of course, there has been some subject matter that has been more difficult to understand, but whenever I've had a hard time understanding something my professors or TAs have been more than happy to help explain it to me in a way that makes sense.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure the dorm you choose to live in is an environment you'll be happy to live in for 9 months! It can make success so much more difficult if you're unhappy with your living space. However, it can make it a million times easier if you just get involved in as many clubs and activities as interest you! There are unlimited amounts of clubs, so you're bound to find a few that catch your interest. Don't forget about the clubs that can help you with your studies too, such as PVMA for my fellow pre-vet students!

    In three sentences

    I have loved the level of support offered here at Oregon State, academic or otherwise. There are so many programs designed to help you succeed, and keep you from going crazy while doing it! The only complaint I have is with living in dorms, but I think every college freshman dislikes some aspects of dorm life.

  • 05/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are dozens of clubs to occupy your time with, involving anything from archery to anime. The Memorial Union Basement is host to a variety of fun activities, including a full bowling alley, billiards, dart boards, air hockey table, and arcade games. Not to mention the dorm room Resident Assistants (RA's) are almost always putting on hall events, such as movie nights, game nights, contests, and raffles. Dixon Recreation Center also has tons of work out equipment, pools, saunas, badminton courts, racquetball courts, basketball courts, ping-pong tables, running tracks, and a massive indoor rock wall. Every term there is a Dixon After Dark event, which takes place on a Friday night and hosts poker tournaments, dance contests, inflatable obstacle courses, snow cones, and other exciting attractions. The weekends are also when Greek Life is in full-fledge, with fraternities and sororities hosting parties and events.

    Food and Dining

    If you live on campus, you can purchase a dining plan, which will purchase food at any of the dining centers, markets, and a couple coffee shops on campus. The cafeterias are like mall food courts, with multiple restaurants to choose from per dining center. There are three dining centers spread across the campus, each of them offering different choices. There are also little markets to purchase your own food from if you want to cook in your dorm, such as Cascadia, Every Bean's a Good Bean (EBGB's), and The Main Squeeze. Bing's is a little cafe in the middle of campus that serves hot sandwiches and calzones, as well as coffee and other snacks. Across the street is the Memorial Union building, where you can spend Orange Rewards at various restaurants such as Carl's Junior, Panda Express, and Togo's. Orange Rewards is the equivalent of using your ID card as a debit card. Any amount of money (above $100) is placed on the card and it works until the money runs out, whereas the Dining Plan is for the entire term and only one of four different amounts of money can be placed on it. However, you can raise or lower your dining plan later in the term. The overall quality of the food is worthy of 4 stars, in my opinion, but some restaurants are better than others.

    Dorm Life

    Every dorm is different. There are party dorms, quiet dorms, old dorms, modern dorms, simple dorms, maze-like dorms, freshmen-filled dorms, returning students-only dorms, and supposedly even haunted dorms. It takes a little trial and error to find the right one for you, but once you do, it's like being home. The nice thing is, there's something for everybody. There are single-rooms, doubles, triples, quads, and suite-style rooms. All the dorms have laundry rooms and at least one kitchen, but some dorms have a kitchen in every room. Some dorms have two bathrooms per hallway, while others have a bathroom per room. It all depends on how big your budget is, and how and where you want to live.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes will make you laugh and some will make you cry. It all depends on what you're taking and how early in the morning you're taking it. The math department can be a challenge because many of the teachers have heavy accents and it's difficult to understand them and the material. The rating scale of 100 level vs 400 level classes isn't very accurate either. Your 200 level class may have you pulling all-nighters, while your 400 level class is a breeze. Talking with people who've taken the class is really the only way to anticipate what your workload will be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Walk around the campus on a sunny day in the Spring. The flowers are blooming, people are playing frisbee in the QUAD, and it is exactly what you pictured college would be like. You won't want to go anywhere else. Head downtown and get acquainted with the area. You will need to know the street names if you want to find anything and it is a fantastic place to shop for bargains or just hang out on a weekend. Avoid 8 am classes like the plague, and if you have to take them, do not take them every day. You may think it's like high school and you can wake up at 7 every day and go, but you just can't, and your grades will suffer when you oversleep. Don't put unnecessary pressure on yourself, especially your first year. Take plenty of BACC Core classes alongside your major courses, so that if you change your major you aren't behind. It's completely okay to change your major! If it's your first year you'll probably even still graduate on time, and even if it isn't, taking classes in something you enjoy will be better for you, your grades, and your career. Most importantly, check out all your professors on ratemyprofessors.com before you choose your classes. It is worth it to have a class at a time you don't like and get a great teacher than have a teacher who's impossible to work with.

    In three sentences

    If you don't already own orange clothing, you will, because the school spirit is infectious! The student body is like it's own community, where everybody looks out for each other. Every inch of the campus is active and there is always something going on.

  • 05/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. We have emergency phones around campus with bright blue lights for if you ever feel unsafe. Campus security will be with you within minutes.

    Greek Life

    I never joined greek life, but we have many fraternities and sororities on campus that are very active.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus. They have a full registry of all the clubs that can be accessed here: http://oregonstate.edu/seac/sos/find_org

    Great for these types of students

    Agriculture, engineering, business, people wanting the feel of a small town with the size of a larger one, Oregonians

    Bang for the buck

    There's quite a bit to do on and around campus, and most of the professors are pretty good. It's not too expensive for in state tuition, and overall a great school.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of bars near campus, and even more restaurants. There is bowling and billiards on campus, as well as a gym with a pool and hot tub. There are intramural fields right in the middle of campus and several parks within walking distance. There are 2 movie theaters in town and another bowling alley which are all a few miles from campus.

    Food and Dining

    Overall the food is really good. There are 3 dining centers on campus all with several different options. On the weekends about half of the options are closed which can be annoying. The quality of the food is usually really good, and the prices tend to be reasonable.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are definitely nicer than others, but the community tends to be pretty good in all of them. Several of the dorms have themes and are good for meeting other students with your same major. They do events every term at least, and I've always had great RA's. It is required for all freshman to live on campus now, but it is well worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not super difficult here, but it is still college. I went to a small country school where it was extremely easy to pass. Here it is tougher, but that is to be expected. It's not too hard to maintain good grades as long as you actually put in the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live in Oregon you can apply for free, if you apply early enough so take advantage of it. While it is historically an agricultural college, there is a great mix of students here. We have a great engineering and business program and would recommend it for any interested in those subjects.

    In three sentences

    Oregon State is a great university. The campus is beautiful, and the city of Corvallis is amazing. It does rain here, but stays green year round.

  • 06/03/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    So many choices of places to eat, and all so good!

    Dorm Life

    This school has such a wide variety of dorms. From suites to regular dorms students can choose the best place for them.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I hear the academics are really good, and the teachers help students the the best of their abilitiy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus. If you immediately love it then you know it is the right school for you.

    In three sentences

    This is a wonderful school. The campus is beautiful and the whole town basically revolves around the college. I am so excited to have been accepted here.

  • 06/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    It starts out tasting alright, but after a while, it gets old. This is the same for any dorm food. If you want better food, eat at Arnold Dining or West.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are better than others in terms of the physical rooms. You will meet some of your best college friends in your dorm, but be sure to branch out as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Many classes can be very difficult. As long as you keep up the studying and do the homework, you should be fine. Try your hardest but be sure to throw some fun in every now and then.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to keep up with your studying, even when spring comes around. Make an effort to make friends who live in other dorms.

    In three sentences

    Great for engineering or science focused students. The social life is wonderful outside of the classroom. I have loved my experience here.