Parents and family members of OSU students are tremendously positive resources 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 also staying connected with what is going on at OSU and in the Corvallis area.
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 3-4, 8, 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.
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 advisors 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.
OSU offers more than 200 academic programs. You can find more information about Majors, Minors, and Careers at the Office of Admissions academic majors, programs, and careers website. 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
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, waitlist or withdrawing from classes, receiving transcripts and diplomas. The Registrar's Office is also the primarily place to learn more 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.
Our 12-month wall calendar is a great way to keep track of important dates and campus resources. The calendar also includes a wealth of ideas on how to help your student adjust to their academic schedule as well as their social life at OSU. View the PDF version here.
The First-Year Parents & Family Newsletter is a free resource for parents and family members of first-year students at Oregon State University. Subscribers will receive a bi-weekly newsletter with timely information on campus resources, upcoming events, and helpful transition tips to assist parents and family members as they support their student(s) in the pursuit of academic and personal goals.
Orange Media Network oversees four student publications, a radio and TV Studio. It is a great way to stay in touch what is going on on-campus.
OSU Today is a daily (fall-spring) or weekly (summer) overview of the most prominent ways in which OSU staff, faculty and sometimes students are being featured in local, state, national and international news. It also includes upcoming events on campus, news about construction 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.
Webinar Series offers an experience to listen and connect to Oregon State throughout the academic year. The webinars provide timely information, not only from the perspective of New Student Programs & Family Outreach (NSPFO), but from cross-campus partners and colleagues while extending the opportunity to parent and family members to engage and interact with OSU administration, faculty, and staff.