Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose – making a positive difference on quality of life and the natural world in Oregon and beyond. Through teaching, applied research, innovation, and service, OSU turns ideals into reality with a unique approach characterized by collaboration and strategic focus.
Oregon State is located in Corvallis, a community of 55,000 people situated in the Willamette Valley between Portland and Eugene. Ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, the rugged Cascade and Coast Ranges are all within a 100-mile drive of Corvallis.
In 1985, OSU alumnus Bert Sperling, '74, developed a software program named "Places, U.S.A," which allowed people to enter their personal preferences to find their own best place. Today, Sperling's Best Places is recognized worldwide for providing accessible data to determine the world's best places to live, work, retire, and more.