VISIT OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
The Welcome Center offers high school and community college groups opportunities for a guided walking tour of campus, an admissions information session, a student Q&A panel and more. Group visits are for high school or community college groups that are coordinated/chaperoned by an official staff member from that school. We can accommodate groups of up to 40 students, but require each group to have 1 chaperone per 10-15 students. Group visits are provided Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. during the year, excluding university holidays.
To request a group visit, please click the registration form link below to view available dates:
If you are an individual student/family, or if you are a group of friends with a parent traveling from the same school, and you would like to schedule an OSU campus visit, please use our individual visit registration process and NOT the group request form.
Elementary and middle school groups looking to visit our campus should register for a visit with Precollege Programs.
GROUP VISITS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO WE HAVE TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR THE TOUR?
Yes. Group tour reservations are mandatory and we request at least 21 days to make arrangements. Our group visit registration calendar shows your our currently available selection of dates/times for group visits.
WHEN CAN MY GROUP VISIT CAMPUS?
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., excluding university holidays and other closure dates.
WHAT GRADE LEVELS CAN TAKE A GROUP TOUR?
The Welcome Center serves 9th grade and above, including high school and community college groups. For Elementary or Middle School groups, please visit the Precollege Programs website to set up a campus field trip.
HOW WILL MY TOUR RESERVATIONS BE CONFIRMED?
Once you submit your request, you will receive an automatic email stating it has been submitted. Once the Program Coordinator has worked out the details of your visit, you will receive an additional email with your itinerary, a copy of the Policies and Expectations, a link to access your parking permit, and a parking map within a week of registration.
IS THERE A FEE FOR THE TOUR?
No, group tours are free!
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL VISIT INCLUDE?
A typical group visit includes a 60-minute general campus tour and a 30-minute admissions presentation followed by a 15-minute student panel. On the group visit registration form, you’ll have an opportunity to indicate any other interests that your group may have. All visit offerings are subject to staffing and availability.
WHAT WILL MY STUDENTS SEE ON A TOUR?
The general campus tour covers our academic colleges, points out many of our Cultural Resource Centers, and visits the Memorial Union, Valley Library, and Dixon Recreation Center.
CAN MY STUDENTS HAVE LUNCH ON CAMPUS?
Your group can eat at any of the three dining halls where students are able to individually pay with a credit card or cash. You can also purchase pre-paid dining cards for the students. Mention this in your registration and the Program Coordinator will attach the request form to your confirmation. Generally, groups request $10 per card for lunch.
CAN MY GROUP VISIT A CLASS?
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer groups the opportunity to sit in on a class.
CAN MY GROUP SEE A RESIDENCE HALL?
Unfortunately, we cannot take groups into residence halls. This is for safety purposes and to respect the current students living on campus. We do have virtual tours online at: https://uhds.oregonstate.edu/residence-halls/tour-residence-halls
CAN WE TOUR OTHER DEPARTMENTS?
If you are interested in visiting other departments, please note that in your registration. The Program Coordinator will make arrangements with other departments based on their availability.
CAN MY GROUP MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO STAY OVERNIGHT?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate overnight guests.
HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO ALLOW FOR ARRIVAL AND PARKING ON CAMPUS?
Please plan to arrive on campus at the noted check-in time on your itinerary. This will allow time for you to park, check-in to the Welcome Center, and give your students time to visit the restrooms before beginning their visit.
WHAT IF I AM RUNNING LATE?
If you are running late, please call the Program Coordinator at 541-737-0963 to let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your late arrival, but please keep in mind that our ambassadors are current students and may not be available past their scheduled hours.
WHERE SHOULD WE PARK OUR BUS?
Bus parking is located in a bus lane in front of Reser Stadium along 26th Street (south-bound).
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR THE TOUR?
Encourage your students and chaperones to monitor the Corvallis forecast before you come to campus. We encourage comfortable clothes and comfortable walking shoes, as the campus tour is 60 minutes long. Please be prepared for the rain!
HOW CAN WE PREPARE STUDENTS & CHAPERONES FOR THE VISIT?
This is a printable document to provide to students on how to make the most of their visit to Beaver Nation.
Here is a document specific for how chaperones can make the most of the students' visit to Beaver Nation.