Oregon State University

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Group.png Oregon State University  
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Formation1868
HeadquartersOregon, USA
Type• Public
• Land-grant
• Sea-grant
• Space-grant
• Sun-grant
Other nameBeavers
Large research activity

Oregon State University (OSU) is a public land-grant research university in Corvallis, Oregon. Student enrollment averages near 32,000, making it the state's largest university. Since its founding over 230,000 students have graduated from OSU.[1] It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity" with an additional, optional designation as a "Community Engagement" university.[2]

OSU is a land-grant university that also participates in the sea-grant, space-grant, and sun-grant research consortia; it is one of only four such universities in the country (University of Hawaii at Manoa, Cornell University and Pennsylvania State University are the others).[3] OSU received $441 million in research funding for the 2017 fiscal year and consistently ranks as the state's top earner in research funding.[4]

After the Second World War ended in 1945, a Department of Naval Science was added at Oregon State. Providing officer training for the both the US Navy and the US Marine Corps, it is now one of the largest in the nation and has earned the unofficial title "Naval Academy of the Northwest."[5] On July 1, 1949, the US Army Air Corps training branch became a separate officer training unit now known as Aerospace Science. The Oregon State Air Force ROTC draws more freshmen scholarships than any other AFROTC unit in the nation and has had over 1,000 officers commissioned. In 1977, two graduates of the OSU AFROTC became the first women pilots in the Air Force.[6] Today, the Army and Air Force ROTC programs at the University share the McAlexander Fieldhouse.

Research has played a central role in the university's overall operations for much of its history. Research facilities beyond the campus include the John L. Fryer Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory in Corvallis,[7] the Seafood Laboratory in Astoria and the Food Innovation Laboratory in Portland.[8]

In 1967 the Radiation Center was constructed at the edge of campus, housing a 1.1 MW TRIGA Mark II Research Reactor. The reactor is equipped to utilize Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) for fuel.

In 2001, OSU's Wave Research Laboratory was designated by the National Science Foundation as a site for tsunami research under the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation. The O. H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory is on the edge of the campus and is one of the world's largest and most sophisticated laboratories for education, research and testing in coastal, ocean and related areas.

 

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