Orange and Black Days
Orange and Black Days are full-day spring programs for admitted first-year and transfer students and their guests. The program will introduce you to Oregon State, and you will have the opportunity to tour the facilities and meet with engineering faculty and students.
First-year START Program
All engineering students attend a two-day orientation and go through the START program. First-year START will give you the chance to meet with your advisors, register for fall term courses, tour your residence hall, and learn what it means to be part of the Oregon State community.
Your journey at Oregon State begins before the first day of classes.
Eat, sleep, and breathe engineering
Engineering students can be a part of the Engineering Living-Learning Community. Located in Hawley, Buxton and Cauthorn halls, this immersive, inclusive community welcomes students with programming centered on engineering concepts and activities.
A week of welcome
Welcome Week offers activities and events to help you connect and engage with the campus. You’ll be entertained, learn tips and strategies for success, and get to know student resources.
Welcome to Corvallis and the start of your undergraduate experience!
You will be one of the first students to benefit from our totally redesigned First-Year Engineering Experience. The heart of this initiative is a three-term engineering orientation that immediately introduces real-world engineering challenges.
Core themes include:
- Engineering grand challenges.
- Design engineering and problem-solving.
- Engineering computation and algorithmic thinking.
Other first-year coursework will be in math and science, helping you master the fundamentals needed for advanced engineering classes.
Expect more from your engineering experience.
Expanding on the FYEE coursework, you will have the opportunity to participate in several new co-curricular programs.
Engineering+ is an events- and activities-based program that includes makerspace challenges, hackathons, and guest lectures that encourage exploration of different engineering opportunities.
Our entire community is here to support you.
You’ll find so much more than engineering.
Declare your major and start diving into engineering coursework.
You’ll be admitted as a General Engineering major, allowing you to explore all 16 programs throughout your first year. During spring term, you will work your first-year advisor to choose your path to begin major-specific coursework in year two.
By having extra time to learn about engineering careers and specialties, you can make your decision with confidence, reducing the chance you will want to change majors later.