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General START Information

Q: How do I sign up for START?
A: START registration will open on May 2, 2019, at 2 p.m. Pacific time. You must have paid your Advanced Tuition Deposit before this time in order to register. Note that there is a 1 hour processing time after you pay the ATD before you are able to access the START registration system.

Click here to watch a step-by-step video of how to use our START registration system.

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Q: How do I sign up for START?
A: START registration will open on May 2, 2019. Check back closer to that date for further details.

 

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Q: How do I get my START confirmation receipt?
A: After you register for START online, you will be sent a confirmation email to your OSU student email. If you register a guest/family member and provide their email address, they will also receive a copy of the confirmation email.

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Q: How do I cancel or change my START reservation?
A: You may make changes/edits to your START reservation up until 1 week prior to the date your START session begins. To make changes, log back in to the registration system. You will receive a new confirmation letter reflecting your changes after you’ve submitted them.

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Q: Can I register for classes by phone or online?
A: No--Academic Advisors from all colleges request that students attend the START program. Before registering for classes students must meet with an advisor.  

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Q: The Session I want is full, how can I get into that session?
A: Unfortunately, programs are limited in size based on the number of staff and the facilities available. Cancellations do occur and if space does become available, you will be able to register for it online.

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Q: Can I be put on a waiting list for a closed session?
A: Unfortunately, we do not keep waiting lists. Programs are overbooked to allow for cancellations.

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Q: I am in the military and will be in boot camp all summer. How can I register for classes?
A: If you are unable to attend any of the START sessions you will need to sign up for a September START session, which takes place the week classes begin. You may also contact your department directly for other arrangements.

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Q: I am a firefighter and could be called out at anytime, how will I register if I can't attend any of the START dates?
A: If you are unable to attend any of the START sessions you will need to sign up for September START session, which takes place the week classes begin. You may also contact your department directly for other arrangements.

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Q: Where do I park and do I need a parking pass?
A: Parking information will be provided upon registration. 

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Q: I lost my confirmation, where can I get another one?
A: To resend your confirmation email, log back in to the START registration system. You will see an option to resend the confirmation email.

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Q: How do I get to campus?
A: Directions are located on your parking pass. Directions are also located on our driving directions page.

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Q: Are there accommodations available for people with disabilities?
A: There are services for people with disabilities. We request the complete the following form no less than two weeks prior to your scheduled START session, to ensure that accomodations can be met.  

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Q: What if I need materials in an alternate format?
A: Please complete this form at least two week in advance of your scheduled START session to ensure we have adequate time to meet your needs.  

 

Q: Where do I check in for START?

A: Check-in for first-year START sessions will be in front of Callahan Residence Hall. Callahan is located on the east side of campus and is directly north of the B1 parking lots where you are recommended to park.

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Q: Do I have to attend both days?
A: Yes. The programs are cumulative in nature. The second day builds on what was accomplished the first day. Most students are done by 4:00pm on the 2nd day.

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Q: Are there any costs for attending START?
A: Any costs for START will be billed directly to your student account after you attend the program. There is a $50 cost for each family member that attends with you. This is a flat fee that cannot be pro-rated based on events attended. There is also a $40 fee per person (students and family members) per night for all on-campus housing. If a student is attending an off-site orientation program in California or Hawaii, the fee is $145 per student to attend and $55 per family member to attend, which helps us bring the START program to these locations.

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Q: What does the parent/family fee include?
A: The program fee covers program costs, publications, and meals. It is a flat fee regardless of whether parent/family attend all or part of the program. There is an additional fee if the parent/family member wishes to stay overnight on-campus.

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Q: Are the parent/family fees or overnight housing fees refundable?
A: Parent fees and overnight houseing fees are refundable up to1 week prior to your scheduled START session. No refunds are given after that point. 

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Q: Am I required to stay overnight in the residence hall during the START program?
A: No you are not required to stay overnight in the residence hall, however you are required to attend both days.

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Q: Can my parent/family member stay in the same residence hall as me?
A: Yes, arrangements can be made during check-in at the START program.

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Q: Will I have to share my residence hall room at START?
A: Students and family members will be staying in Callahan Hall.  All rooms will be double occupancy for START sessions. Roommate assignments are done at check-in, so if you would like to stay with either another student who you know or with your family member, you will need to check in for housing at the same time.

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Q: What is the bathroom situation like in Callahan?
A: All residence halls at Oregon State offer three restroom options: women’s, men’s and gender-inclusive. Restrooms in Callahan are community-style, also known as multi-stall, restrooms. Community restrooms include a set of common sinks, toilets with lockable stall doors and individual showers with lockable stall doors and shower curtains.  

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Q: Do I need to provided linens or towels if I am staying on campus?
A: Linens and towels are provided for those staying overnight in a residence hall. Some students and family members bring additional linens in case the residence halls are cool in the evenings.  Residence halls do not have centralized air conditioning.

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Q:  Can I see what my START overnight room will look like?
A: You can view information about the building, including a sample of the floorplan, for Callahan Hall here.

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Q:  Is there air conditioning in the residence halls?
A: No we do not have central air in any of residence halls and many of our classroom buildings do not have central air.  If you are concerned about heat, you are welcome to bring a fan.  You are really only in your room in the evening and then to sleep, which is the coolest part of the day in Oregon, so some people find having the window open during the evening is enough, but it is up to you.

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Q: What are the other accommodations if my parent/family member doesn't want to stay in the residence hall?
A: There are a variety of hotels in the Corvallis area. Click here for a listing of some area hotels.

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Q: What is the Math Placement Test and do I have to take it?
A: All first-year students regardless of previously completed IB/AP/transfer credit must take the Math Placement Test. You must complete the test at least one week prior to your session to ensure we have adequate seating in the required math/chemistry courses you need. If you feel you did not do well on the test and should be at a higher level, you will want to talk to your advisor about this at START. You will need to complete this test online before your START session. Failure to complete the test before your START session will delay your class registration process.  For additional information about the test, how to take it and how to prepare click here.

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Q: Where do I take the Math Placement Test?
A: You will take the Math Placement Test online before attending your START Session. It is recommended that you set aside 90 minutes to complete the test and have reliable internet access when you take the test.

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Q: What is the Foreign Language Placement Test and do I have to take it?
A: Students with previous training or experience in a second language who do not have advanced placement or college credit are required to take a Second Language Assessment before enrolling in a language course. The placement test for most languages is completely online and will need to be taken prior to your START session. No proctor is required. To request access to the placement exam contact the World Languages and Cultures Program, 541-737-2146 or helen.wilhelm@oregonstate.edu. Students will need to provide their OSU ID number (listed at the top of this confirmation) and the START date you are signed up for in the email, the test needs to be completed at least one week before the student attend START.  Please note, that Second Language Assessment will not be available at START

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Q: When do I take the Foreign Language Placement Test?
A: Prior to arrival for START, please see above.  Language Placement will not be offered at START.

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Q: What is START Recreation Night @ Dixon?
A: It is a really fun time for students and their parents to check out Dixon Rec (the gym). Wear comfortable clothes, bring a swimsuit (lockers and towels are provided).

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Q: How much walking will I be doing?
A: There is quite a bit of walking, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes and being prepared for hot or rainy weather. If the student or a family member needs a disability accommodation related to mobility, please indicate this in your START registration. You can also contact New Student Programs & Family Outreach at 541-737-7627.

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Q: What should I bring with me to START?
A: We recommend you bring: a blanket (if staying the residence hall), change of clothes, toiletries, walking shoes, transcripts from any previous college work, copies of AP or IB test scores, a notebook (for notes), pen/pencil, and a good attitude. If you haven’t already uploaded your immunizations and health information online, you can bring a physical copy of the form to turn in either at the Resource Fair to our Student Health Services immunization table or to their office directly. More information on this can be found on the START agenda you will receive upon check-in.

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Q: Can I stay in a Fraternity or Sorority House during START?
A: No. This is an agreement that both the START program and Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life groups have made. There are opportunities during START to learn about fraternity and sorority chapters and to receive tours of some of the chapter houses.

 

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Q: Where do I check in for START?

A: Check in for Transfer START sessions will be at the Memorial Union. The Memorial Union is located on the corner of 26th St. and Jefferson and is a block north of the parking garage where you are recommended to park. Note that check-in runs from 8:00-9:00 a.m. During this same time, the START Resource Fair is going on in the MU as well. Make sure to leave enough time to check in to START and to visit the Resource Fair where 40+ OSU departments will be ready to answer your questions and provide you information on the student services they provide.

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Q: Can my parent/ spouse/ partner attend?
A: Yes, you will need to sign them up for the parent/family program.

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Q: Are there any costs for attending START?
A: Any costs for START will be billed directly to your student account in fall. There is a $20 cost for each family member that attends the Transfer START with you, this is a flat fee that cannot be pro-rated based on events attended.

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Q: Do I have to stay for the whole program?
A: Yes. The programs are cumulative in nature. Once you have received advising and registered for classes you are able to leave.

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Q: I am driving up the day before, where can I stay the night?
A: There are a variety of hotels in the Corvallis area. Click here for a listing of some area hotels. There is also on-campus housing available if you need it, which can be arranged through the online START registration system when you register for START.

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Q: Do I have to take a Math Placement Test?
A: Only transfer students who have no transferable college algebra credit or placement credit will need to take the Math Placement Test. If you need to take the placement test you will do so online and can find additional information by clicking here. It is recommended that you set aside 90 minutes to complete the test and have reliable internet access when you take the test.

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Q: What should I bring to Transfer START?
A: It is helpful to bring all any transcripts or placement scores from other colleges or universities, comfortable walking shoes and a good attitude. Bring a reusable water bottle to refill while you’re on campus to stay hydrated. If you haven’t already uploaded your immunizations and health information online, you can bring a physical copy of the form to turn in either at the Resource Fair to our Student Health Services immunization table or to their office directly. More information on this can be found on the START agenda you will receive upon check-in.