Oregon State University, the Northwest’s premier public research university since 1856, is one of only two schools in the nation to earn the quadruple designation of being a land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant and sun-grant institution. Blowing other Oregon colleges away with its sheer scope of choice with regard to majors, minors and special programs (well over 200!), OSU attracts more than 30,000 students from around the nation and around the world. Recent efforts on-campus include a program to restore Oregon prairie via grass-fed agricultural techniques and the development of a tiny, super-efficient mass-spectrometry device by professor John Beckman and his team of genius student researchers. But the OSU Beavers aren’t so busy that they forget the fun and games. The athletics program here spans 17 varsity sports, and the local Memorial Union offers a bevy of classes in wood working, ceramics, and other arts as well as an 8,500 square-foot rec center (which houses the famous Beaver Den, complete with a 58-inch television!) For a well-rounded and memorable collegiate experience, stop by Corvallis, Oregon, and you’ll be changed for life.