The Fernhopper

Oregon State University College of Forestry’s Fernhopper newsletter has dated back almost ninety years! It is used to communicate with students about events, opportunities, and other related information occurring within the college and is virtually thriving today.

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History of the College

The College of Forestry was founded over 100 years ago with a graduating class of four students.  It has since expanded into currently enrolling over 1300 students, both graduate and undergraduate.  Oregon State University’s College of Forestry is a well-known program outside of the state and has garnered top honors for its efforts.  In 2006, an aggregate of markers led to Oregon State University’s College of Forestry to be tabbed the best in the North America, and we have proven to be just that since.

The College of Forestry is home to six undergraduate majors.  This includes the new Tourism, Recreation, and Adventure Leadership major as well as the Natural Resources Ecampus major.  From the College of Forestry, our students can go on to thrive in a variety of careers such as forest management, logging, public affairs, sustainability, engineering, ecotourism, and human resources, among a host of other options. To learn more about each major click here.

Current Students

  • Current students must stay up to date on their major’s progression. To find your required classes click here.
  • Schedule Academic Advising Appointments HERE.
  • The College of Forestry Jobs Page is a great resource to find jobs related to your field.
  • The College of Forestry awards nearly $500,000 in undergraduate scholarships annually.  Awards ranging from $1,000 – $9,000. The average cumulative GPA of those students awarded was 3.54. While scholarships are generally based on academic performance, some are specific to need, degree program, or other criteria set by our donors, so don’t hesitate to apply.  New and current students who have been admitted to OSU or are currently enrolled in the College of Forestry are eligible to apply for College of Forestry scholarships. For more information on scholarships please visit here.

Connect with us!

Wondering what’s going on in the College of Forestry?! Here are the best ways to stay up to date:

  • Read the weekly Fernhopper email! We put tons of resources in there for you.
  • Instagram: @coforegonstate
  • LinkedIn: College of Forestry at Oregon State University
  • Twitter: @COFOregonState
  • Facebook: @OSUCollegeofForestry

College of Forestry Building Hours of Operation and Access

Peavy (PFSC) is OPEN Monday – Friday, 6:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Richardson Hall (RH) is OPEN Monday – Friday, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm.

(Please note: Only the entrances off of Jefferson Way, 30th St., and the west entrance the comes through the FERN Center will be unlocked until 8:00 pm.)

Weekend access ONLY by request and students who would like to request building access outside of these hours should talk to their academic department Office Manager.

Forest Engineering Resources Management (FERM) office is on the 2nd floor of Peavy for Forestry, Forest Engineering students.

Forest Ecosystem & Society (FES) office is on the 3rd floor of Richardson for Natural Resources and TRAL students.

Wood Science & Engineering (WSE) office is on the 1st floor of Richardson for Renewable Materials students.

Lab Computer Remote Access

Know your remote access options!

Did you know you can access College of Forestry computer labs remotely…

  • When the building is closed?
  • When you can’t come to the building in person?
  • When your personal computer can’t run the needed software?

Access College of Forestry computers remote by visiting https://helpdesk.forestry.oregonstate.edu/lab-availability. Questions? Contact the Forestry Computing Helpdesk!

College of Forestry Student Services Office

The College of Forestry Student Services Office is located in 116 Peavy Forest Science Center and open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

College of Forestry Student Services
(541) 737-1594

FERN Center Computing Lab and Study Space

Located on the first floor of the Peavy Forest Science Center, near the atrium, you’ll find the FERN Center. Students who need computing access and a reliable study space can utilize the FERN Center Computing Lab daily. As a reminder, the computing lab in the FERN Center is a quiet study space.

Student staff members are available to assist you if you would like to check out course reserve materials and/or books from the Dean’s Lending Library. We also have a supply of magnifying glasses, chain and board kits, compasses, light therapy lamps, webcams, phone chargers, headphones, and much more. Stop by to see what is available!

FERN Center hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. (Hours subject to change)

The FERN Center and computing lab is officially located in 109 PFSC.

Lost and Found

Have you by chance lost something in a College of Forestry building? Check with the Student Services Desk in Peavy! We keep lost items in our lost and found for a few weeks before giving them to the central campus lost and found, located in Cascade Hall with the Department of Public Safety.

If we don’t have the item you are looking for, contact information for lost items can be found here. To report a lost item, follow the instructions on this page!

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