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The Office of Precollege Programs annually hosts K-12 students, teachers and parents for a day at Oregon State University through our Campus Field Trips program intended to encourage and inspire youth to go to college. Groups spend between 2-4 hours at OSU: they may tour campus, eat lunch in a dining hall, visit a cultural center or stop by an athletic facility, and have a presentation and participatory or hands-on activity presented by a faculty member, staff, or students meant to enhance school curriculum as well as expose students to potential majors or careers. Each visit is different based on the ages and interests of the group and provides students a key college-access experience. Groups of over 120 students are taken on a case-by-case basis and cannot be offered hands-on STEM activities.
In order to provide your students with the best possible visit, please register for an OSU Campus Field Trip 4-12 weeks in advance. We prefer groups of 60 maximum so as not to overwhelm the campus community. Larger groups may need special tour accommodations and arrangements will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will do our best to accommodate your group but cannot guarantee availability or specific activities. Contact Precollege Programs for more information (email@example.com, 541-737-9424)
Please note: Spring term (April through June) is our busiest time. During this popular period, we focus our resources on middle and high school groups. Elementary school groups (3rd-5th grade) will be offered self-guided visits which consist of organize activities (if available), planned dining spaces, and a self-guided tour. If no middle or high school groups request to visit on the same date, we are happy to host you for a fully-guided visit. Please contact us with any questions.
Also note: High school groups interested in a guided tour of campus and an admissions presentation should directly contact the Admissions Campus Visitor Center. The presentation will include information about the University, how to prepare for college, the application process and aspects of financial aid.
Faculty/Staff/Graduate Student Volunteers
We are always looking for volunteers interested in connecting with middle school groups! The presentations generally last 45 minutes for no more than 30 students, approximately twice a term. These visits are great outreach opportunities for broader impacts activities for faculty and offer chances for service learning for students. We are more than happy to help you develop an engaging and informative presentation. Please contact Precollege Programs for more information, example presentations and any questions.
Do you enjoy working with kids but don’t have a lot of time in your schedule? As a leader and tour guide for our Campus Field Trips program you can volunteer for just a few hours once a term, or once a week! It’s a great way to interact with youth, get to know OSU campus better, and give back to the community. To find about Campus Field Trip visits and other volunteer opportunities working with youth on campus, please join the Center for Civic Engagement mailing list.