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Living in Oregon: Life in the West Coast

Corvallis is ranked as one of the safest, greenest and best college towns in the US. The city offers year-round cultural and outdoor activities, so you'll always find something to do.

Explore the great outdoors and access top resources of Oregon State University. With a student community just over 1,000, you can quickly find youself immersed in the campus community as well as in the region’s local culture.

Corvallis, Oregon

Safe - Ranked as one of the safest cities in Oregon, Corvallis is a vibrant university town built to support students (Travel Safe - Abroad 2023).

Smart - Corvallis is the 3rd most educated city in the US, making it a great place to start a business or launch your career (24/7 Wall Street 2022).

Green - Corvallis prioritizes the environment with free public transportation, extensive bike paths and a commitment to renewable energy, actively reducing its carbon footprint.

Bend, Oregon

Our second campus is located in Bend, Oregon, a nationally recognized technology and recreation hub for the US. The campus offers over 30 undergraduate degrees, minors and other options, including two campus-specific majors and specialized internship opportunities.

Why international students enjoy living and learning in Oregon

West Coast connections

From Silicon Valley to Seattle, the West Coast is home to some of the world’s most successful and impactful companies. NVIDIA, Intel, Amazon, Apple, Google, HP, Meta, Microsoft, Nike and Tesla were all founded on the West Coast — and all recruit directly from Oregon State.

Our local pubs and breweries will help you discover all of the special tastes of Oregon. Try our specialty restaurants in Corvallis, including farm-to-table dining. You can also find your favorite dish with authentic ingredients from your home country.

Travel times by car from Corvallis:

  • 45 minutes to the Pacific Ocean

  • 90 minutes to Portland

  • 5 minutes to HP Research Campus