While there are many on-campus opportunities for students to engage with Beaver Spirit, there are signature events that will become treasured traditions for first year students. These first-year-experience traditions correspond with the university culture and enhance students’ sense of community, curiosity, and whimsy on campus.



As an OSU student you will discover the camaraderie of Beaver Spirit and #beBEAVERBOLD through fall term First Year Experience traditions:


New Student Scholar Symposium: The New Student Symposium features a number of workshops intended to give you a jumpstart on important academic skills and introduce you to academic experiences to enhance your education.

New Student Walk: Join the rest of the entering class in the Memorial Union quad where you will walk with your academic college to Gill Coliseum taking the same walk you will take on your graduation day!

Convocation: A formal, festive assembly for the newest members of the OSU community. President Ed Ray, Vice Provost Susie Brubaker-Cole, special guest presenter and hundreds of current students will provide your official academic welcome to OSU.

New Student Picnic: Dinner, games, performances by OSU's marching band and dance team and booths set up by various campus groups and organizations help you connect to the university.

Dixon Rec Night: Dixon opens up its entire facility for a night of music, free food, karaoke and games galore. Working out is not required, just come hang out and have some fun.

#beBEAVERBOLD @WELCOME WEEK: Class picture, mocktail party in the Quad, interactive funfair activities and distribution of #beBEAVERBOLD swag.

Friday Night Live: Friday Night Live (FNL) is an event held every year for first year and older students to learn about hall council and the leadership role it plays on campus, particularly within the Resident Halls.

Battle of the DJs:Join other new students and watch four OSU students compete for the title of OSU's Best DJ. The winner will be sent to College Battle's regional DJ battle to compete in a spot in the National DJ Battle.


MUvie: MUvie is an OSU student community gathering that provides opportunity for celebration, fun, and decompression from the rigors of college life. Hosted by Student Events & Activities Center and promoting #beBEAVERBOLD, this activity includes free concessions and information regarding upcoming student events and activities.

BeaverDAM Game Watch: Also known as Pep Rally, new students discover what it means to be part of the Beaver Dam Student Section at football games. Band and cheer will teach students our in-game traditions, football representatives will speak about how important the student section is during games and free Beaver Dam gear will be distributed. http://www.facebook.com/osubeaverdam

Beaver Community Fair: The Beaver Community Fair draws together the OSU and greater Corvallis communities to celebrate the start of the academic year.  Over two hundred different booths representing OSU departments and student organizations, Corvallis community agencies and businesses and local non-profit organizations will fill the Memorial Union Quad, making visible the opportunity to connect with services, products and involvement possibilities on campus and around the area.

Homecoming: Homecoming has always been a special time of year on the Oregon State University campus. Homecoming week traditions are very much alive, with events such as a parade and bonfire, an influx of alumni visitors, and, of course, a football game. A full list of Homecoming activities can be found at http://osualum.com/homecoming and http://oregonstate.edu/mupc/homecoming .



Click here to access the Service to Community website. 



Click here to access the Spring Term Tradition: Celebrate Community website. 

TRADITIONS RELATED:  Four Basic Traditions