What to see on a campus visit to Oregon State

Welcome to Oregon State University! Our beautiful 400-acre main campus is filled with historic and state-of-the-art buildings, galleries, meeting places and eateries. With so much to explore, here are our suggestions for what not to miss on your first visit.

When you arrive, stop by the Campus Visitor Center on the first floor of the Kerr Administration Building at Jefferson Way and 26th Street. There, you can find a guide or pick up self-guided tour information.

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8 a.m. — Coffee at Java Stop in the Memorial Union

The Memorial Union is the heart of campus. Located on Jefferson Way and 26th Street, the MU offers multiple dining options, lounge and study spaces, plus bowling, billiards, darts, shuffleboard and video games in the MU Basement on the west side of the building. The main concourse features flags from every nation that has sent a student to Oregon State.

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9 a.m. —Self-guided campus tour

Don’t miss Weatherford Hall, diagonally across from the MU. This campus icon was completed in just six months in 1928. Today, it’s a unique living-learning center for the Austin Entrepreneurship Program.


Across the street are two of Oregon State’s newest and most innovative buildings. Austin Hall is home to the College of Business, and the Learning Innovation Center — known as the LInC — features two unique arena-style classrooms.


Next door to the Memorial Union is the Student Experience Center, home to a variety of student programs. And across Waldo Place from the SEC is the Valley Library, open 24 hours most days during the academic year.


Don’t miss a walk through Dixon Recreation Center on 26th Street and Washington Way, which offers a variety of workout facilities, plus complete health and wellness programs.

Noon — Lunch

You won’t go hungry at Oregon State, not with more than 30 eateries on campus. Or take a stroll down Monroe Avenue, just north of campus, which offers a variety of local and chain restaurants. Find your new favorite Thai curry, sandwich or burrito.

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Afternoon – McDonald-Dunn Forest

After a break, you’ll be ready to hit the trail at the McDonald-Dunn Forest, a 15-minute drive north of Corvallis. Because of its proximity to campus, the 11,250-acre forest is a living laboratory for teaching and research, giving students hands-on experience in everything from making forest measurements to studying aquatic plants and wildlife. The forest welcomes more than 175,000 visitors every year to enjoy hiking, jogging, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching, geocaching and other activities — all free of charge.

Evening — Dinner and a stroll downtown

Downtown Corvallis, less than a mile from campus, is the perfect place to eat, shop, relax and enjoy. Riverfront Commemorative Park on First Street offers a view of the Willamette River, sculptures and a splash fountain that operates from May through October. The Corvallis Farmer’s Market offers locally grown and organic produce Wednesdays and Saturdays from April through November. Weave through the many streets of restaurants and boutiques. Charm is everywhere you look!

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