Welcome to Beaver Nation

The new school year means new opportunities — and Oregon State has much to offer, whether this is your first year or you’re a returning student. Beaver Nation combines strong academic programs, world-class faculty, a campus that’s both historic and high-tech — all in one of the top college towns on the West Coast. It’s all here to help you make your college years your best ones yet. Check out these activities and resources, and don’t forget to make new friends along the way.

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Arrive on a high note

For first-year students, Welcome Week is the perfect opportunity to start making your new home feel like home. With so many different events to choose from, you’re sure to find something — big or small — that interests you.

Welcome Week Kick-off and Rec Night runs from 9 p.m. to midnight Sunday, Sept. 18 at Dixon Recreation Center. Meet your friends and make new ones while you enjoy laser tag, karaoke, free food and live music.

Come out to the Memorial Union Quad for the New Student Walk and Convocation at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept 20. It’s your chance to experience the feeling of what you’re working toward — graduation. Trace the same path — from the Quad to Reser Stadium — that you’ll walk in a few years at Commencement and hear from college deans and Oregon State President Ed Ray.

After Convocation, stick around for the Orange and Black Rally, where you can learn cheers to sporting events, hear from athletics coaches, take an official class photograph on the field and eat a free dinner with your newest friends.

For further details on Welcome Week, check the calendar of events. You can also download the Oregon State University Guide app for your smartphone, which features schedules, maps, to-do lists and more.

New and new(ish) buildings on campus

Opening in time for fall classes is Johnson Hall, the latest addition to Oregon State’s nationally recognized College of Engineering. Located next to the Kelley Engineering Center, Johnson Hall is home to the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering (CBEE). This cutting edge, 60,000-square-foot building will give CBEE students the opportunity to learn and conduct groundbreaking research in some of the best-equipped classrooms, labs and study areas in their respective fields.

Whatever your major, you’ll likely have a class in the Learning Innovation Center (LInC) located behind Austin Hall and the Women’s Building. This four-story, state-of-the-art building opened last fall. It’s full of unique classrooms and study spaces and incorporates unique design features like circular classrooms to augment your learning. It’s also home to the Honors College. And be sure to check out the Student Experience Center (SEC) next to the Memorial Union. Besides meeting and event space, the SEC houses multiple student-centered programs and departments.

Make an impact — get involved

Getting involved on campus is a big part of your college experience, and Student Leadership & Involvement helps Beaver Nation improve the world around us in addition to maximizing your own potential. Create a club, or join one of the more than 400 clubs and organizations, where you can develop leadership skills, make friends, drive positive social change and have fun. And here’s a bonus: students who are involved tend to earn better grades.

Be sure to check out the Beaver Community Fair on the first day of class from noon to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Quad. With more than 200 booths representing organizations from Oregon State and the city of Corvallis, the Beaver Community Fair is a good place to make connections to the university and the surrounding community.

Experience far-reaching academic support

Oregon State offers a myriad of resources to help you achieve the best possible grades you can. One is the Writing Center, a complementary service for students offering help with writing assignments at any stage. Find it in Waldo Hall.

The Academic Success Center, also in Waldo Hall, provides academic coaching, supplemental instruction and other learning services to help you get more out of your classes and keep up with the pace of college-level studies.

More useful resources are located in the Valley Library, including its online catalog. During the academic year, the library is open 24 hours a day from 10 a.m. Sunday to 10 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Computers, copiers, printers, 3-D printers, textbooks and tablet devices are available, as are study rooms and small conference rooms you can reserve for individual and group study.

If all of the Valley Library computers are in use, or you want a change of scenery, the Milne Computer Center, across the quad from the Valley Library, has more than 100 Mac and Windows desktops for you to work on various assignments and projects. Milne also provides scanning, printing and editing services.

Get a head start on your career

You’re here to start on a path to your dream job and make a difference in the world. And we’re here to help. The Career Development Center (CDC), located in the basement of the Kerr Administration Building, has services to help everyone, from first-year students to graduating seniors. Career assessment tools, such as the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory, can help you figure out where your skills and interests intersect in the professional world to get you started on your career path. The CDC can also help with networking, practicing interview skills and drafting a résumé. Expecting to graduate this year? Make an appointment with the CDC as soon as possible and plan to attend their networking events and career fairs.

Take care of your body, mind and grades

Tantamount to academic success is a healthy mind and body. You’ll find the perfect study break at Dixon Recreation Center, McAlexander Fieldhouse, Student Legacy Park, the Peavy Fields or the Tennis Complex. Make sure to check each facility’s hours of operation before going, so you’ll know what you want to do is available for use. Recreational Sports offers many programs ideal for all interests and skill levels. Student Health Services offers acupuncture, chiropractic, physical and massage therapy, among other beneficial health services. Counseling & Psychological Services and the Mind Spa in Snell Hall offer additional programs and resources sure to put your mind and body at ease, so you can perform to the best of your abilities in class.

Connect with us

Follow us on social media to get the most out of your Oregon State experience. Connect with Beaver Nation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Snapchat (OregonState) to get the latest info on what’s going on around campus. You can also find a variety of clubs, colleges and other campus groups in the social media directory.

You’ll love what’s in store for you as part of Beaver Nation.

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