OSU is a welcoming and inspiring place to study, work, live, play and visit. The Corvallis campus’s distinct historic character is preserved and the physical environment is adapted for a sustainable future. The campus fosters inclusion and provides flexible spaces for learning and research.
— OSU Corvallis Campus Vision Statement
OSU is proud to share the final Corvallis Campus Vision, an effort focusing on guiding the development of the physical campus in Corvallis over the next decade. This plan supports the academic, research and outreach missions; the quality of student life; and OSU's place in the community.
The OSU Corvallis Campus Vision identifies the university’s values and vision for how the campus will evolve over the next 10 years. The Vision serves as a partner document to the Strategic Plan 4.0 and was completed in September 2021.
Since 1868, Oregon State University has served Oregonians by providing exceptional teaching, scholarship, research, and community outreach and engagement programs.
OSU’s roots are centered in Corvallis and Benton County with a 570-acre main campus serving 23,100 students. The university’s relationships with local residents, organizations, governments and schools are essential to the university.
As we look forward, I am proud to share with you this Corvallis Campus Vision – a vision that not only serves the mission and strategic priorities of the university, but is mindful of community values and social, environmental, safety and other issues vitally important in the 21st century.
Oregon State University also recognizes the impact that its land grant history has had on Indigenous communities in Oregon. In 1868, the state Legislature designated Corvallis College as Oregon’s land grant institution. Soon after, Oregon received 90,000 acres of federal lands — taken from the Klamath, Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw and Coquille people — to be sold to create an endowment supporting the growth of the new college, which would become Oregon State University. Oregon State accepts its responsibility for understanding the continuing impact of that history on these communities. Oregon State is committed — in the spirit of self-reflection, learning, reconciliation and partnership — to ensure that this institution of higher learning will be of enduring benefit, not only to the state of Oregon, but also to the people on whose ancestral lands it is now located.
As we look forward, the Corvallis Campus Vision will serve as the principal planning document for the campus and support the university’s strategic planning efforts that were initiated in 2004 and are found today in Strategic Plan 4.0.
The Campus Vision will shape the physical environment of the campus through strategies that foster valued connections between the university and Corvallis community. These strategies also will guide the design of teaching, research and student service buildings, student housing, athletics facilities, open spaces, access to campus and circulation routes within the campus. The Campus Vision is based on the guiding principles of campus integrity, community strength, environmental and social responsibility, and respect for resources, which also promote sustainable and prudent use of the university’s financial resources.
This vision aligns with multiple OSU long-range planning efforts, including the university’s capital forecast plan, a rolling 10-year plan approved by the OSU Board of Trustees.
OSU will build on its history, mission and connections to the community by advancing a Campus Vision that is transparent, accountable and aligns with applicable local land use and government policies. By engaging in purposeful and thoughtful planning, we will provide for a vital university campus of which the OSU, Corvallis and Benton County communities will be proud.