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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

A color image of the Student Experience Center.


Since the Memorial Union opened in 1928, the student population has been steadily outgrowing its student union space. For 10 years prior to the opening of this building, ASOSU and Memorial Union presidents and students worked to conceptualize, plan, and fund the Student Experience Center, which opened in May 2015. The SEC houses 28 student programs and initiatives including Orange Media Network, which occupies the entire fourth floor, ASOSU, the Ettihad Cultural Center and the Craft Center. Outside, the SEC is flanked by a large, covered plaza, which provides an outdoor event space.

General Information


2251 SW Jefferson Way


Opsis Architects

Year Built




Square Footage

93,000 sq ft


The central home for students' out-of-class experience, bringing several student programs administration together under one roof.

Previous Name(s)




Historic District

Yes; Noncontributing building


Student Experience Center Records, 2003-2015; Series 2


Facilities Services Records, 1888-2003. Series XX:  Campus, Farm, and Property Maps, 1899-1990. Campus and Farm Maps: 3-A

Oregon State University Campus Maps, 1894-1994


Oregon State University Historical Photographs, 1868-1980

Further Archival Information

SCARC: The Student Experience Center Records are the most complete and relevant archival documents related to the planning, construction, and resultant use of the Student Experience Center. In addition, the Oregon State University Memorabilia Collection includes a subject folder about the Student Experience Center.

Oregon Digital: A search for the Student Experience Center yields several results, most of them mentions of the building in university periodicals.