College Towns: Corvallis, Oregon

Learn more about Corvallis, Oregon -- Home of Oregon State University.

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The Town: Corvallis, Oregon

Situated in the Willamette Valley at the mouth of the Marys River, Corvallis is a flat, fertile area surrounded by mountain ranges to the east, west and south. A mid-sized town of 55,000, Corvallis has won awards for being one of the best college towns and places to start a business, as well as boasting one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the country.

The School: Oregon State University

Oregon State is one of two major public universities in the state, the other being the University of Oregon. Originally the curriculum focused exclusively on agriculture, and this remains one of the premier departments at the university.

With an all-wooden interior resembling an old-school log cabin, Snugbar pairs the rustic ambience with plush couches for an intimate and comfortable setting.

Pass through the Irish Bend covered bridge and you’ll reach West Campus, the location of the School of Agricultural Studies. Oregon State’s forestry program is rated first in the country, with ecology and zoology ranking as elite departments as well. The campus features 11,250 acres of forest surrounding the campus, including the prestigious McDonald-Dunn Research Forest.

What to Do

Corvallis is encircled by mountains, forests, and other natural surroundings, so if you’re looking to take a walk or spend some time outside, you have 47 public parks in and around the city to choose from. The third weekend of July is “da Vinci Days,” an art, science and technology festival. Make sure you watch the kinetic sculpture race, in which teams build amphibious all-terrain vehicles that have to be completely human-powered.

As the men’s football team has enjoyed newfound success, Reser Stadium has turned into one of the hotspots for student activity. The fog that typifies the Pacific Northwest often settles over the stadium, making it one of the unique venues in college football.

Where to Eat and Drink

With an all-wooden interior resembling an old-school log cabin, Snugbar pairs the rustic ambience with plush couches for an intimate and comfortable setting. While bartenders are known to make specialty drinks on the fly, you’d be remiss if you went to the Northwest without trying some of its famous local microbrews.

Did You Know?

Cor vallis is Latin for “Heart of the Valley.”

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