Becoming Beavers

October 20, 2023

An eclectic collection of 19 traditions that have shaped the OSU experience.

Part of the reason that the college experience stays with us is because there’s more to it than just going to classes and cramming for exams. From that first day gazing across the MU Quad, walking the paths of OSU-Cascades or logging in to OSU Ecampus, Oregon State students become part of a rich tradition reaching back to 1868. Not all traditions stick—and as we learned at press time, sometimes they’re unexpectedly interrupted—but they give us interesting insights into the community we love. Because even if you’re proudly stocked with orange gear and occasionally find yourself humming the OSU fight song, there’s always more to learn about what makes Beavers Beavers.