The Department of Oceanography commissioned the 180-foot Yaquina.
OSU student Jean Saubert won the bronze medal in the slalom and the silver medal in the giant slalom at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.
Radiation Center established.
L. A. DeMonte and A. R. Wagner, university planning consultants, presented an updated campus plan to the university. The Long Range Development Plan later is approved by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education.
Callahan and Wilson Halls (residence halls) constructed.
Charlie White became the first Black player to be recruited to the male basketball team on scholarship. Coach Paul Valenti pro-actively desegregated the team with more African American recruits.
OSU Marine Science Center at Newport dedicated.
Department of English granted permission to offer baccalaureate degrees.
Faculty Senate reorganized and included faculty representatives of all schools and divisions – but no longer included Administrative Council members.
Dean of Faculty position established.
Nutrition Research Institute established.
The OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award established.
In OSU’s third Rose Bowl appearance, the Michigan Wolverines continued the Big Ten’s domination in Pasadena. Michigan 34 – OSU 7. The Beavers scored first but the Wolverines took control of the remainder of the game. This was the final game coached by Tommy Prothro, who left OSU to take over the head coaching duties at UCLA in 1966.
Departments of Art, Economics, History, Political Science, Russian Studies, and Speech granted permission to offer baccalaureate degrees.
Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute established.
Avery and Dixon Lodges (co-operative housing) and addition to the Pharmacy Building constructed.