Oregon State University students,

As you likely know, a total solar eclipse will occur on Monday morning, Aug. 21, passing directly over the Willamette Valley and through Central Oregon on its way across the nation. As a result, Oregon is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of eclipse visitors from throughout the world. In anticipation, federal, state and local public agencies are preparing for significant traffic congestion and engaging in detailed advance safety plans.

Meanwhile, our Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses have extensive eclipse festival events planned for Aug. 19-21, including showcases of OSU Space Grant programs, as well as the innovative science and teaching conducted at the university. These eclipse activities include musical performances, public accommodations in our residence halls, and eclipse watch events.

With the travel safety of our students, employees and the public in mind, OSU leaders have decided to limit university operations on Aug. 21 to those providing basic services to the visiting public and those essential to maintaining campus safety and security.

As a result, classes will not be held, Monday, Aug. 21, and most OSU operations and campus buildings will be closed that day. University divisions located on the Corvallis campus that will be open and have extensive eclipse day plans include:

  • Department of Public Safety and Oregon State Police
  • Student Health Services
  • University Housing and Dining Services
  • Memorial Union
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • University Relations and Marketing
  • Parking and Transportation Services
  • Facilities Services

Meanwhile, OSU-Cascades classes will be cancelled, however all campus buildings will remain open for eclipse programming.

We encourage you to engage with the many university employees and students, who are making plans for OSU Space Grant Festival activities in Corvallis, the Bend Eclipse Experience and Orange & Black Eclipse Festival in Central Oregon. These events will serve as a launch to OSU150 – the university’s celebration of its 150th anniversary as a public university.

Please check out OSU’s eclipse web page for more details.


Mike Green, Interim Vice President, Finance and Administration

Rebecca Mathern, University Registrar