Learning in Portland

Oregon State University’s expanded presence in Portland means expanded opportunities to meet the needs of current students like you. The OSU Portland Center at Pioneer Square is home to engaging, hybrid learning experiences that blend the best of online and face-to-face education.

Here is important information for current Oregon State students who are interested in taking advantage of the on-site opportunities in downtown PDX.

How to get to OSU Portland Center

Oregon State's new home in the City of Roses is conveniently located in the middle of everything, located in the historic Meier & Frank Building and right across from Pioneer Square. The OSU Portland Center at Pioneer Square is at a cross section of four MAX Light Rail lines with plenty of available parking nearby.

Browse a map of the surrounding area and read about some of the main features of the OSU building.

How hybrid learning works

To help you gain a better understanding of the hybrid learning experience as a student at the OSU Portland Center at Pioneer Square, please review these frequently asked questions and answers.

OSU ID card

To comply with building security policies at the OSU Portland Center, all students are required to obtain an OSU ID card that has a proximity ID (five digits on the back of the OSU ID, lower right-hand side). This ID is required to access the building after 6 p.m., to display as requested by security personnel, and will be used to access bike storage and lockers.

To get your OSU ID with a proximity ID, please submit this online request form. Your student account will be charged $25 and your ID card will be mailed to you. For help or questions, please contact the OSU ID Center directly at 541-737-2493.

Required immunizations

Portland Center students who are degree-seeking and participating in at least one or more classes in person per week are expected to fulfill Oregon State University's immunization requirements.

  • COVID-19 (by September 15, 2021): If you have questions about the policy, check the OSU COVID-19 immunization website or contact the immunization coordinator in OSU's Student Health Services at 541-737-7573 or via email.
  • MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) if born after Dec. 31 1957: Dates for 2 doses
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis): Date for one dose since 2005
  • Varicella (chicken pox): Dates for two doses or the date of disease
  • Hepatitis B: Dates for three doses or the date of disease
  • Meningococcal MCV4 (meningococcal A, C, Y, W): Required for students age 21 and under only; date for one dose of MCV4, received on or after turning age 16. Note: Students attending classes on the Corvallis campus are also required to have a separate meningococcal B vaccine.

And while not required, we also strongly recommend that all students get their annual flu shot.

It is likely you have had many of these vaccines, and if not, they are available through your primary care provider or CCO (if on the Oregon Health Plan), most pharmacies, and the county health department. These vaccines are fully covered by insurance if given by an in-network provider and through the Oregon Health Plan. If you do not have insurance, the county health department may be able to assist you.

Staff at OSU's Student Health Services are available to assist you with any questions related to this requirement, including an approved waiver process that is available for medical and non-medical exemptions. Please call 541-737-7573 for assistance, including the waiver process.

IMPORTANT: Documentation of immunizations or immunity must be submitted to Student Health Services in the first term you attend classes in person at the Portland Center in order to avoid a registration hold.

Your immunization information may be submitted online on the Student Health Services Portal by choosing "Medical Clearances" in the left toolbar. You can disregard the Health History, Meningococcal B, and TB Screening Form tabs.

You can also submit your documentation to Student Health Services by fax to 541-737-9665; by regular mail to OSU Immunization Coordinator, 201 Plageman Building, Corvallis, OR 97331; or by email (in a scanned document) to immunizations@oregonstate.edu.

Registering for classes

Browse a list of all courses delivered on-site at the OSU Portland Center. You can register for your courses using OSU's general catalog. To search, just change the campus option to PDX to find classes only offered in Portland. Then will follow these steps to register.

International students

In order to comply with Department of Homeland Security policies, international students on F1 or J1 visa’s are not allowed at this time to take hybrid classes nor be admitted to take hybrid classes offered at the OSU Portland Center. Oregon State is working through proper channels to gain approval and aims to update this policy within the upcoming year.

Additional resources

As an Oregon State PDX student, you'll have access to a variety of face-to-face services in Portland as well as resources provided online by the OSU Ecampus Student Success Team. These services include free tutoring, a dynamic learning community, and student success coaching.

Questions? We're here to help

The Ecampus Student Success Team is partnering with contacts in your academic program to provide a solid support system throughout your studies. If you have any questions, contact us at ecampus.ess@oregonstate.edu or 800-667-1465 (option 1).