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Oregon State University

Total Grad Surveys 5
Females 2
Males 3
Avg years at University 2.4
Research Quality A- (8.6)
Research Availability C+ (5.7)
Research Funding D (2.4)
Graduate Politics C (5.0)
Not Errand Runners C+ (5.3)
Degree Completion C (5.0)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] B- (6.0)
Sufficient Pay C- (3.5)
Competitiveness C (4.8)
Education Quality B (7.2)
Faculty Accessibility B (7.0)
Useful Research A (9.3)
"Individual" treatment C+ (5.2)
Friendliness B (7.0)
Safety A- (8.1)
Campus Beauty A (9.3)
Campus Maintenance C+ (5.5)
University Spending B- (6.0)
Extracurriculars B+ (7.7)
Scholastic Success B+ (7.9)
Surrounding City B (6.9)
Social Life/ Environment B- (5.9)
Research FundingD
Campus BeautyA
I entered graduate school after many years asMay 28 2014Education
I entered graduate school after many years as a working professional. OSU was the perfect spot for me. While I was older, I was never alienated.

My professors encouraged me, lined me up with great internships, and pushed me to pursue my post-graduate dreams. Today, a decade after I left OSU, I'm still in contact with many of these profs and they still provide sound professional advice.

I loved the small town of Corvallis, the easy access to downtown and the outdoors.
Housing is a struggle for grad students. It's quite expensive in Corvallis and when I was there, I landed a spot in the old University Inn (now changed name). But there really isn't solid grad student housing. I wrote a letter to the administration on this and received no reply. The university prides itself on its fine research and grad programs -- and it should. But it really needs to welcome grad students in providing low-cost, accessible housing.That said, I had a tremendous experience at OSU and it helped me launch a second career.

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In my experience, faculty are only helpful ifFeb 24 2011Other
In my experience, faculty are only helpful if you hound them. Opportunities have to be unearthed. You have to ask the right questions of the right people. Also, you have to ask for feedback. No one is going to come out and tell you, "This is what you are doing really well. This is where you can improve. This is how you can improve." Unfortunately, it isn't enough to work hard, get A's in all of your classes, give lectures that leave students enthralled, and produce excellent work toward your thesis. You have to get involved and be at every event to be seen as contributing. This is important because if you aren't seen as contributing in this way, you will miss out on opportunities and possibly on solid references. Great for unattached traditional students. Not at all equitable for students with families.
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This is the worstMar 28 2005Biology
This is the worst University town I've ever experienced. I come from Ohio and have seen some great college towns: OSU, U of M, Notre Dame, Bowling Green etc.

Its rainy, students don't want to do anything, its boring. Lifeless. No spirit.

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The treatment of grad students by the universityApr 24 2004Natural Resources
The treatment of grad students by the university admin is deplorable. Expect to have decreasing pay as you go through your time. Fees go up,work load goes up, pay stays the same = lower pay. Possible health benefits if the university fails to bust the union, which seems to be higher in their priorities than academic quality at any level. Professors, instructors and grad students alike are abandong ship.
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