Oregon State University

 Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR


Oregon State University’s Department of Recreational Sports inspires healthy living by providing quality recreational and educational opportunities for the OSU community.


Centrally located among the many campus residence halls, Recreational Sports facilities are a social and physical activity hub for the campus community.  Open 117 hours per week during the academic term, Recreational Sports counted nearly one million swipes of ID cards into our facilities last year.  Collectively, Dixon Recreation Center, McAlexander Fieldhouse, Stevens Natatorium, Student Legacy Park, Peavey Sports Fields, and a high-ropes Challenge Course offer a wide variety of options for engagement, including:

  • Comprehensive fitness center
  • Full-service locker rooms + gender inclusive changing room and restroom
  • Bike and ski shop
  • Challenge course — high ropes elements and low elements
  • Climbing walls
  • Pools — lap pools, deep-water pool, hot tub, sauna
  • Tracks
  • Courts — badminton, basketball, pickle ball, racquetball, squash, table tennis, tennis, volleyball
  • Fields — grass and turf


Oregon State University recreation is proud to offer a variety of programming to serve the diverse interests of our campus community.

  • The emphasis of our Intramural Sports program is on participation and fun. Our A and B leagues welcome new and seasoned athletes, as pre-identified teams or individual free agents.
    • 17 league sports
    • 32 tournaments and events
  • Our student-run Sport Clubs offer recreational, social, and competitive opportunities for a variety of skill levels, with forty sport options, from Bass Fishing to Tae Kwon Do to Ultimate Disc.
  • Students can choose their level of structure and variety in our fitness programs.
    • DAM Fit is a small-group training program wherein participants participate as a cohort, supporting each other to progress toward individual goals.
    • A Fit Pass provides access to more than 90 group exercise classes offered each week, and participants can attend an unlimited number of classes.
  • Our Adventure Leadership Institute ™ is a theory-based program that uses a combination of outdoor and classroom experiences to develop leaders. As participants apply for each of three levels of certification, they are given greater responsibility and opportunity to mentor others – building capacity in the individual and the program at the same time.
  • In addition to our regular educational and recreational programming, the Department of Recreational Sports brings the fun and adventure to campus wide events like Welcome Week, Family Weekends, Bring Your Child(ren) to Work Day, and Halloween with special tournaments, outings, and parties. Our RecNight kicks off Welcome Week with an average attendance of 2,800 students.

The Department of Recreational Sports likes to believe that we offer something for every interest, and always engage the campus community in bringing new ideas to the table


  • Oregon State University started its Intramurals program in 1916, making it one of the oldest campus recreation programs in the nation. We recently celebrated 100 years of sport, leadership, and wellness.
  • Our indoor climbing facilities include an elevator-accessible rappel station. Rumor has it we are the only place in the world this exists.
  • Corvallis, Oregon and OSU recreation facilities fall within the viewing pathway of the August 2017 total solar eclipse, which will be enjoyed by thousands at the OSU150 Space Grant Festival.
  • OSU’s Student Legacy Park was named to recognize students for their purposeful investment in the future of well-being and play, when they self-imposed a mandatory incidental fee to fund its 2011 construction.
  • Willi Unsoeld, the first man to ascend the west ridge of Mt. Everest, hails from Oregon State; and as a student, he helped found the OSC Mountain Club, which evolved into today’s Adventure Leadership Institute™.
  • The Special Olympics State Summer Games come to Corvallis in 2017, engaging the campus recreation community in myriad volunteer opportunities in Olympic Town.
  • Runners in eleven different states, from Washington to Florida participated in Oregon State’s 2017 virtual run , a fundraiser for student success, facilitated by the Department of Recreational Sports.
Emily Harbourne was a previous editor for Campus Rec Magazine.

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