Corvallis is a relatively small community, and most of the local events have a strong connection to the university. Oregon
State offers over 300 student groups, the most of any university in the Oregon University System. Oregon has a wide variety of natural recreation areas, including tall
mountains, a rugged coastline, several large forests, a desert, and many rivers. OSU students are only a few hours drive away
from any number of outdoor recreation opportunities. Portland,
Oregon, Oregon's largest city (2000 population: 529,121) is only 85 miles north of the campus.
Oregon State University's on campus housing is a total of 13 residence halls, in which each resident is part of an
organization called the Residence Hall Association. The Residence Hall Association elects 5 people, known as the RHA Exec, to
manage this organization and to oversee the hall government for each hall.
Each student who lives on campus pays approximately $30 in fees annually to this organization. Half of the collected fee is
returned to the hall for which it was collected, and the other half is placed into an account which the RHA Exec has access to,
pending approval of the halls. This money is used to put on all hall / campus events. All RHA events are alcohol free.