Parents and family members of OSU students offer support to their students throughout their time in college. Below are a handful of resources to assist parents and family in being the best support possible to their student and to stay connected with what is going on at OSU and in the Corvallis area.

Parent Communications

Sign up for our New Student Quarterly e-Newsletter if you are interested in the ways we intentionally support new students to Oregon State and are curious how you can contribute to your student's success. If you want to receive important updates relevant to our university community and operations, please subscribe to general university updates for parents of families of OSU students. 

Academic Calendar

OSU operates on the term system with a fall, winter, spring and summer term each year. During fall, winter and spring terms students take courses for 10 weeks and then participate in finals week. Summer term offers students the opportunity to take three to four, eight and 10 week courses. The academic calendar provides many important deadlines for students and family members to know about including the first day of classes, last day to add and drop classes, when tuition bills are mailed, when the class registration begins, and when various holiday breaks occur.

Academic Advising

All students have one or more academic advisors they can see to assist them in major and career exploration, course planning and scheduling as well as various ways to maximize their time at OSU. Advisors can provide information about important deadlines and policies, places to seek additional academic support, internships, scholarships, research opportunities, and more. Your student's academic advisor is often the first person they should set an appointment with when questions come up about anything related to their academic lives or transition to OSU.

Majors & Minors

OSU offers more than 200 undergraduate degree programs. Does your child want to explore a bit more before choosing a major? The University Exploratory Studies Program allows students to sample a variety of courses and fields before declaring their major

Registrar

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for maintaining, securing and updating all student academic records and overseeing all OSU academic policies and regulations. Students often consult the registrar's office about enrollment verification; adding, dropping or withdrawing from classes; and receiving transcripts and diplomas. The registrar's office is also the primarily place to learn about the security and privacy of your student's record and how FERPA impacts the type of information that can and can't be shared with parents and other family members. Information is also available on how students can give family members permission to access their records. 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Orange Media Network oversees four student publications, a radio and TV studio. The network offers several ways to stay in touch what is going on at Oregon State.

OSU Today is a daily (fall-spring) or weekly (summer) includes an overview of local, state, national and international news featuring OSU community members, upcoming events on campus and other timely information.

Terra magazine features stories about current research being done at OSU. Terra connects you with the latest findings in energy, Earth systems, natural resources, health, the economy, the arts and the social sciences.