Travel to Corvallis

Welcome to Corvallis, Oregon, home of Oregon State University

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Oregon State University is located in Corvallis, Oregon, approximately 1.5 hours from the Portland International Airport (PDX).  Here are some ways to get here!


A) The Hut Shuttle - leaves right from the airport terminal and drops you off on OSU's campus (at the Memorial Union)-- Approximately $49 one way.

B) Bus or train - Greyhound bus or Amtrak - from the airport,you may have to take the light rail (MAX), taxi, or public bus (TriMet) to reach these terminals.  The Amtrak train runs to Albany, and you would need to arrange transport from Albany to Corvallis (about 12 miles).

C) Car rental - A credit card, temporary auto insurance, and valid driver's license are required with car rental.

D) Taxi - Some taxi services will take you to Corvallis, but this may be very expensive.



Immigration Requirements and Check-In

All COF visiting scholars and interns will need to clear US Immigrations upon entry to to the US.  Information on entering the United States and Travel Services:

J-1 Exchange Visitors must check in with the International Scholars & Faculty Services (ISFS) upon arriving in the United States. The ISFS office will validate and activate your J Exchange Program and update your address with the SEVIS immigration system.  Within 30 days of the Program Start Date on the DS-2019, you must register for the check-in and orientation with OSU's International Scholar & Faculty Services (ISFS) as soon as you arrive on campus.

International Scholar & Faculty Services (ISFS): ISFS is the central campus resource for hosting international visitors and/or hiring international employees, advising international scholars & faculty on visa and immigration issues, and providing resources to faculty and staff preparing to travel on behalf of OSU. 

Click Here to register for Mandatory Check-In


Transportation Around Corvallis

In Corvallis there are a variety of ways to get around town. Parking is limited but on campus parking permits can be purchased from Transportation Services. Biking is common, and Corvallis is one of the best towns to bike around. This biking map includes where bike lanes, bike parking, and paths are located as well as other helpful information on biking in Corvallis. The bus system in town is free, with most routes coming by hourly (though some are more or less frequent).


Take a Look at the "Seven Wonders of Oregon"


Crater Lake:  No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom. Distance from Corvallis: About 3 Hours 25 minutes.


The Oregon Coast: All 363 miles of the Oregon Coast are free and open to all of us. Which means how you choose to explore it is entirely up to you. Investigate its tide pools, hike up its cliffs or down through ancient old-growth forests, or hit your way out of a sand trap inside the best public golf resort in America. Distance from Corvallis: About 1 Hour 30 Minutes.  


The Columbia River Gorge: 292,500 acres, running from the mouth of the Sandy River to the mouth of the Deschutes and spanning southern Washington and northern Oregon. The Gorge is unique in its natural and cultural history, as well as its designation as a National Scenic Area. Distance from Corvallis: Varies-- About 2 Hours.


The Wallowas: In the Wallowas, you can look down from an alpine summit and see the high desert of Indian country roll out in front of you in one direction, and then turn around and see past Hells Canyon into the next state, and some say all the way past it to the next one after that. Hike, take a trail ride, explore the feilds of fauna. Distance from Corvallis: About 6 Hours East.


The Painted Hills: Named for the delicate layers of reds, yellows, golds and blacks in its soil, the Painted Hills is one of the three units that make up the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. When you travel to the Painted Hills, you can see millions of years of history revealed in the layers of mountains of earth, one color at a time. A journey to the hills is a journey through both ancient and recent history. Distance from Corvallis: 4 Hours.


Smith Rock: At Smith Rock, towers of volcanic ash rise like the spires of a cathedral out of the sage and dust of the high desert at the birthplace of American sport climbing. Whether you come for the climb or come to unwind, you’ll see why Smith Rock is one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Distance from Corvallis: About 3 Hours.


Mt. Hood: Mt. Hood’s perpetually snowy peak — crowned by eleven glaciers — is home to a total of six ski areas, making it a great base camp for skiers. Beautiful alpine lakes with names like Lost, Trillium and Mirror dot Mt. Hood’s flanks, each offering its own unique view of the mountain. In the Spring, forests and valleys fill with lavender and wildflowers, and apples, pears, and berries in the summer and fall. Distance from Corvallis: About 2 Hours 30 Minutes.


We're also here to give you any help we can with regards to coming to Corvallis, navigating the immigration system and locating campus and community resources. Please feel free to call on us:


John Bliss, Associate Dean, Graduate and International Programs


   (541) 737-4427


Michele Justice, Director, International Programs


   (541) 737-6458