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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I've always felt safe enough to walk home alone at night to my house a couple blocks off campus

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Felt like an average college admissison

5 College Senior

Greek Life: I was in a sorority and it was the most enjoyable part of college so far. Due to financial stresses I had to withdrawal my membership, but I'm thankful for the time I was in it. It opened a lot of doors for opportunities and networking

4 College Senior

Athletics: The recreation center is state of the art and very user friendly for the average athlete or someone looking to stay fit and healthy. School spirit is awesome and the football games are always packed

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love the campus and the overall student atmosphere. There seems to be a place for everyone no matter what your interests are. Students and professors are all welcoming and I've found it really easy to make new friends. I also love the classic college town feel OSU has

5 College Junior

Academics: Registration process was reasonably quick. Variety of courses and majors.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Mostly white, but they appreciate and love diversity

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: This is my first year at OSU and so far the process has been very smooth and although classes have not started, their tech people and advisors have been very helpful.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: school spirit is amazing, even for those not really into sports

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties at OSU are generally pretty good. Usually there are quite a few happening so if the one that you're at isn't your style of party, there is probably another party out there that's more your style. Not every party involves drugs and/or alcohol, it depends on what you're looking for, really.

Underage nightlife is largely the same as the nightlife of those of age, with the exception that those who are of age can choose to go to bars or clubs instead. Many parties don't really take much consideration of age, so long as they look like they're over 18.

Safe Ride is OSU's nighttime transportation service that can take students pretty much anywhere within a reasonable distance from campus. Likewise it can pick students up from there and bring them back to a designated building on campus. It reduces drunk/high driving significantly and makes partying a lot safer. It is just slow.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties are usually pretty good, but as I said before, there are usually multiple parties happening simultaneously so it isn't difficult to find a party that you consider to be 'good.' Frats usually throw pretty good parties, but the best parties take place off campus at someone's house. There is less people, more socializing, and more alcohol to go around.

Whether the party scene has a positive impact on the student experience depends on how the student approaches partying. If they choose to party when they don't have looming responsibilities to meet people and make connections or just destress, then partying can have a positive impact. Like anything in life, you have to take partying in moderation or it WILL begin to have a negative impact on one's student experience (e.g. grades, friends, possible alcoholism).

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'll begin with the registration process. Registering for classes was recently made easier with the implementation of a schedule maker tool that takes the classes you want to take and puts them into an easy to arrange schedule so you can idealize your term. What can be difficult with registration is when you try to take some classes with a recitation and/or lab and you have both of those things in working times with your schedule and the system just won't let you take the class. This can put people behind on their progress towards their degree. Other than this, the process is pretty straightforward and painless.

The curriculum for each major is different so I can only speak for Nuclear Engineering, but the classes we are required to take for our major make sense because they are usually the building blocks upon which we gain a better understanding of our major and what we will be doing in the future.

I have had a mixed bag of professors. Some have been excellent, going out of their way to help students outside of class and going the extra mile while teaching during class. Others have been awful, treating students condescendingly, testing on material not covered in the book or class, or requiring an excessive amount of homework. Generally I have had great professors.

Workload varies for every student and each term. For example, a student taking 12 credits of classes can have an equal workload to a student taking 16 credits depending on the classes each one takes. Ultimately it is up to the student to decide how heavy of a workload they take.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school itself is decently diverse with a variety of ethnicity in many classrooms, but the majority of people you see while walking around campus is white. Oregon is a very white state so, relative to the rest of the state, OSU is doing a good job with diversifying its student body. There is no blatant racism that I've seen, although there are quite a few confederate flags in dorms and frat houses which speaks to a certain set of political beliefs.

I can't speak much on economic background or religion simply because I don't discuss those things too often with other students because they are more personal matters.

I myself am part of the LGBT+ community and can say from an insider's perspective that there aren't a ton of openly gay students at OSU. Although it would be particularly difficult to recruit LGBT+ people for the school since there is no 'look' for people in that community so people wouldn't easily be able to know just how many LGBT+ people are around them at any given time.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Oregon State University is known as a party school, but for the most part all that is visible is alcohol and marijuana. I have never been to a party or function where there was anything more serious than those two things visible. Although you do hear stories about other, harder drugs being used, it's never super visible.

The most peer pressure anyone might experience from someone is a one or two time request for them to have a drink or to smoke some weed. Once they make it clear they aren't interested they are usually left alone. It's not like you need to do any drugs or alcohol to fit in at a party.

OSU enforces their drug and alcohol policies to the letter. It is a federally funded university and, in order to continue to receive funding, it must strictly adhere to federal laws. This means students who violate these policies don't get off easy or unpunished somehow.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There have only been a number of classes that I have truly disliked (most of them BacCore classes that I have to take). So far I think the chemistry professors have been the best.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Oregon State works hard to help students thrive after being in school. I am not worried about what I will do once I leave college.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The only time I feel genuinely unsafe on campus is if I walk alone in the dark.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I loved living in the dorms. Although, the RAs were only okay.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't have a high view of Greek life. From what it seems like, all they do is party.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am an athlete and have found it to be a wonderful experience. I especially appreciate the academic help I get because of being a student athlete.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Everyone is so friendly and helpful. I was worried about meeting new people but it wasn't hard at all.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe, Sexual assault is present

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Counselors are extremely helpful w/ class/job/work

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Near classes and to food,Great RAs,good community

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Fan Support is huge,Facilities are very nice too

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