On-campus housing increases to 26 percent of undergraduate enrollment
Tebeau Hall, Oregon State University’s 15th residence hall, opened this fall. Named to honor William “Bill” Tebeau, who in 1948 became the first African American male to earn a degree at the university, the five-floor, 85,000-square-foot building on the east side of campus is home to 320 students and helps meet increased demand for on-campus housing. Oregon State now has residential space for more than 5,000 students. In all, 26 percent of Corvallis undergraduates live on campus, a 29 percent increase from six years ago.
Also expanding this year are a number of on-campus living-learning communities, tailored to specific student interests, identities and career goals. For example, Wilson Hall is home to a new arts and social justice community, while a new health and well-being community is housed in McNary Hall.
University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) is also exploring public-private partnership proposals to bring additional on-campus housing to Oregon State in coming years. Such partnerships could increase and diversify on-campus housing by providing new options for upper-division, transfer and graduate students, as well as students with families, says UHDS Executive Director Dan Larson.
“We think that many more students can benefit from the extensive academic and community support that our campus residential programs deliver,” Larson says.