The original 2024 fee of $10 for students to attend in-person START in Corvallis has been waived. Click here for more information.

Number of students signed up for START:
  • 4599 as of 10am on 6/10

Updates:

  • 6/13 - added First Year and Transfer START schedule 
  • 6/11 - added Hawai'i START schedule
  • 6/3 - added link to Technology Onboarding page located in the Commons for all to view
  • 5/28 - Uploaded slides and outline for Your Learning at OSU presentation (FY & TR in one document)
  • 5/28 - Uploaded sample TR student and family schedules

Welcome to START 2024!

This page will provide you with details and information about what is happening with START,
serving as a central communication tool to aid all in having the same information.

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Special population START Dates
         
Session Date Corresponding Advising Date Date Session Locks Is the session full now? Supporting Documents
Hawaii START (FY and TR) Saturday June 15 Saturday June 15 Wednesday June 5

 

Schedule

Summary Email

Black & Indigenous Student Success Connections

(FY and TR)

Sunday July 14 Monday July 15 Friday July 5    
First-Year In-Person START Dates
         
Session Date Corresponding Advising Date Date Session Locks (always at 8am) Is the session full now? Supporting Documents

First Year Session 1

(BEST 1)

Tuesday June 25 Wednesday June 26

Friday June 14

 
 

First Year Session 2 and Bilingüe (CAMP)

Sunday June 30 Monday July 1 Thursday June 20    

First Year Session 3 (EOP)

Tuesday July 2 Wednesday July 3 Friday June 21
 
 
First Year Session 4 Tuesday July 9 Wednesday July 10 Friday June 28
 
 
First Year Session 5 Thursday July 11 Friday July 12 Monday July 1
 
 
First Year Session 6 Tuesday July 16 Wednesday July 17 Friday July 5
 
 
First Year Session 7 (EOP) Tuesday July 30 Wednesday July 31 Friday July 19
 
 
First Year Session 8 Thursday August 1 Friday August 2 Monday July 22
 
 
First Year Session 9 (EOP) Sunday August 4 Monday August 5 Thursday July 25
 
 

First Year Session 10 

(BEST 2)

Tuesday August 6 Wednesday August 7 Friday July 26
 
 
Final START session (Transfer and First Year) Friday September 20 Friday September 20 Does Not Lock    
           
Transfer In-Person START Dates
         
Session Date Corresponding Advising Date Date Session Locks (always at 8am) Is the session full now? Supporting Documents
Transfer Session 1 Thursday June 27 Thursday June 27 Monday June 17
Yes
 
Transfer Session 2 Thursday July 18 Thursday July 18 Monday July 8    
Transfer Session 3 Thursday August 8 Thursday August 8 Monday July 29    
Final START session (Transfer and First Year) Friday September 20 Friday September 20 Does Not Lock    
           
Virtual START Dates
         
Session Date Corresponding Advising Date Date Session Locks (always at 8am) Is the session full now? Supporting Documents
Asynchronous Virtual Session 1 (both transfer and first year) Friday July 19- Tuesday July 23 Wednesday July 24- Friday July 26 Tuesday July 9    

Asynchronous Virtual Session 2 (both transfer and first year)

Friday September 6 - Tuesday September 10 Wednesday September 11- Friday September 13 Friday August 30    

START INFORMATION SESSIONS

While all START info sessions have passed, you can review the slides here or click the photo below to watch the full 16 minute presentation.

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SLATE TRAINING FOR START

While all START in Slate trainings have passed, you can review the slides here, as well as the START in Slate companion guide.

What about Virtual START?

Virtual START will be fully asynchronous for students.  They will be able to complete all required content and modules in their own time and at their own pace through the 5 days of their chosen START session.  There will be plenty of opportunities to engage in synchronous events like socials, 1:1 connections with a START Leader, and advising, which student can plan out at their own scheduled times.  There is only one Canvas page for each START session with each college having assignments inside of the Canvas page.

Our virtual START is designed for self-motivated students who already have support and connections at OSU or in Corvallis.  It is a streamlined version of START and we find that students who are older than traditional age, serving their communities in fire service or military, and those with the ability to create community in other ways are the most successful in this START model.  This is a completely asynchronous START and while it contains lots of opportunities for engagement, is up to the student to choose to participate in these.

You can access the canvas pages here, or request access by sending us an email.

First Year Virtual START       Transfer Virtual START   Virtual START Detailed Process Dates

FAQs for START 2024

5.22.24 - Update that the $10 student attendance fee for in-person Corvallis-based START sessions is waived.

As you’re likely aware, START Orientation primarily relies on fees collected from participating families, with only a small portion, around 10% of our total budget, coming from E&G funds annually. Despite our ongoing efforts to enhance our START program, pursue cost savings throughout, and align with student wage recommendations from ASOSU, we have encountered challenges in maintaining this funding approach without a substantial revision.  We benchmarked our fees against U of O, Portland State, Washington State, U of W, and Colorado State to ensure we were moving forward with a reasonable ask of students.  While we are steadfastly committed to accessibility and affordability, we have found it necessary to introduce a very modest fee of $10 per student starting in 2024. 

In-Person START

Students - FY and TR - $0 per student

  • 5.22.24 update - This cost is waived for 2024.
  • This cost subsidizes the cost of their catering and meals, building reservation costs, printed materials, and staff wages
  • This also helps to build buy-in and right-size the START budget

FY Parents & Families – (guests over age 10) - $80 per person

  • This covers the cost of their catering and meals, defrays our building reservation costs, and pays for their printed materials (including the parent and family calendar)
  • Subsidizes student costs of printing, meals, and building reservations
  • Automatically signs this person up for a year of newsletters and communications from our office.

TR Parents & Families – (guests over age 10) - $65 per person

  • This covers the cost of their catering and meals, defrays our building reservation costs, and pays for their printed materials (including the parent and family calendar)
  • Subsidizes student costs of printing, meals, and building reservations
  • Automatically signs this person up for a year of newsletters and communications from our office
  • Costs are less than FY families due to one day event v. two for FY families

Siblings under age 10 - Free of charge to encourage families to attend if they have younger children at home

Housing - (students and families) - $60 per student; $75 per family member

  • Cost is all-inclusive of their room, linens, dinner, social activities in the evening, and breakfast the next morning.
  • Students will be placed together in double rooms in a traditional "bathroom down the hall" residence hall.
  • Families will be placed together in suites with the "shared bathroom in a suite", with only one family per suite where possible.
Virtual START

Students- $0

  • There is no charge for virtual START to students.  Many hours will go into the content set-up and staffing of panels and meetings for students, but we are committed to maintaining at least one pathway through START that is at no additional cost to students.

Virtual Parents & Families - $0

  • There is no charge for virtual and families.
  • Automatically signs this person up for a year of newsletters and communications from our office.
  • They will be invited to a series of panels and events that they can choose to attend virtually throughout the summer.
Off-site START

Students - $150

  • This covers the cost of their catering and meals, defrays our building reservation costs, and pays for their printed materials
  • Subsidizes the costs of staff and advisors traveling to meet with students, as well as shipping materials

Parents & Families – (adults) - $75 per person

  • This covers the cost of their catering and meals, defrays our building reservation costs, and pays for their printed materials (including the parent and family calendar and handbook)
  • Minimally subsidizes student costs of printing, meals, and building reservations
  • Automatically signs this person up for a year of newsletters and communications from our office.

Siblings under age 10 - Free of charge to encourage families to attend if they have younger children at home

  • No housing is offered for off-site START. 
  • If a student and their two guests attends Hawai'i START, the charge of $300 is lower than the average price of a roundtrip flight from Honolulu to Portland ($400).

Yes!  All students will be encouraged to add on a residence hall stay for the night between their START day and advising day! Parents and families will be able to choose to stay as well.  We've teamed up with UHDS to offer a low-cost option for families that is all-inclusive of their room, linens, dinner, social activities in the evening, and breakfast the next morning.

  • Students will be placed together in double rooms in a traditional "bathroom down the hall" residence hall. The cost is $60 per student.
  • Families will be placed together in suites with the "shared bathroom in a suite", with only one family per suite where possible. The cost is $75 per person.

Additionally, we'll offer limited overnight residence hall stay options for both students and families for the night before their START date.  We have to limit the number of students and families who choose this option, so we'll work to make this available to those coming from furthest away.

Small groups with a START Leader are a way for us to engage all three of our goals of START: academic, social, and culture of OSU orientations.  The group is structured as 45 minutes to build off of the previous session discussing campus resources, share START Leader stories of their favorite spots and successes, and introduce new students to the culture of OSU.  The agenda aims to introduce and normalize nervousness, prioritize important resources for new students, and support connection and belonging among incoming students.

The goals of START are:

  1. We empower students to succeed in their academic and social environments at Oregon State. 
  2. We prepare families to support their students in their first year at Oregon State.
  3. We work to foster connections with new students to initiate their social and institutional belonging at Oregon State.  
  4. We introduce the culture of Oregon State University to incoming students.

We think of START as a three-legged stool, balancing equally on academic orientation, social orientation, and the culture of OSU orientation.  Supporting parents and families through their own transition helps us achieve all three of these goals holistically.

No.  In February 2020, the Academic Advising Council approved a policy that governs recruitment for majors and course enrollment during START.  The full scope and procedures can be read via clicking the link above, and generally colleges should reference the document for other options for sharing their new courses, as well as sharing information about their available majors and programs.

Check back as we update the FAQs!

Yes!  Both of these sessions have the same content as any other START session, but they are supported by faculty and staff across the university and aim to help students find belonging during their orientation process. 

  • We are pleased to present Bilingüe again this summer, our START session where content is presented in both English and Spanish for families.  This will be held on Sunday June 30 and Monday July 1, in conjunction with First-Year Session #2.
  • Additionally, we are partnering with the Dr. Lawrence Griggs Office of Black & Indigenous Student Success to host a START session aimed and supporting our black and indigenous new students.  This will be held on Sunday July 14 and Monday July 15 as a stand alone session.

 

New for 2023, students who are classified as "High Need" by Financial Aid will see a question on their START sign-up at the very bottom that says "We have a small pool of funding to partially offset the cost of START fees for high-financial need families. This funding is limited and we unfortunately will not be able to meet the needs of all families looking for START fee financial assistance. Would you like to be considered for a START partial fee waiver?"  These funds are provided by the Parent & Family Foundation fund operated by the Office of the Dean of Students.

The first students in each session who check this box will be notified that up to $100 will be waived from their cost of START attendance.  The number of waivers is different for each session and is listed below.

  • FY1 and FY2 - 10 waivers are available per session
  • Bilingüe (FY3) and Black & Indigenous START (FY9) - 16 waivers are available per session
  • All other in-person START sessions - 13 waivers are available per session

*Additionally, OSO has a long-standing practice of not charging CAMP students and families for START attendance and housing and this practice will continue, in addition to this waiver process.

Students will be encouraged to stay for their advising appointment in person, if possible.  If they are not able to stay, remote options are available.  OSO will host a "help desk" during this day to support students finding their way around campus.

You can find more details in the Guide for Colleges document, created by the Advising at START workgroup.

 

Firstly, because we have a LOT of students! 

In summer 2022, OSU returned to hosting START in person as covid-related restrictions were still in place.  We hosted 20 total sessions (16 FY and 4 TR) in order to host smaller sessions of approximately 225 students per session all summer, as well as due to LaSells Auditorium not being available.  Finally, admissions instituted a new policy of closing admissions, but since this was the first year, this resulted in a large influx of students after the May 1 deadline and resulted in adding sessions later in the summer.

In summer 2023, while LaSells is still closed to us, we are capping sessions at 325 students and using LINC 100 to host the largest sessions we're able to.  We will host 12 First-year and 3 Transfer sessions this summer.

For context, the pre-pandemic model in 2019 capped sessions at 350-365 and they hosted 10 first-year and 4 transfer sessions.

If a student does not attend START but does attend their advising appointment in person, we will:
  1. In general unless dire circumstances are present, redirect the student to register for a new START session.  It is important for every student to get the pre-advising content before they register for classes.
  2. Walk the student to the OSO help table to help them get signed up for a new START session, including the next virtual session.

Notes for this process to work are:

  1. This will only impact colleges that are doing pre-scheduling before START.
  2. All colleges agree to take attendance at their college session to ensure that their records match the morning's START attendance records in Slate.  This will ensure that if they attended another college's session, they'll still be able to be listed at attended.
  3. If colleges notice any discrepancies, they'll contact OSO as soon as possible.
If a student does not attend their in person advising appointment but does attend in person START, we will:
  1. Colleges will outreach to student and redirect them to sign up for a slot in virtual advising days.
  2. Connect in other advisors who may be looking for the student, including if they are Honors, EOP, TRiO, Athletes, etc.

 

Hosting Hawai'i START is an all-hands-on-deck endeavor!  You can find all of the materials about Hawaii START in our Box folder.

 

 

 

The following advisors have stepped up and agreed to travel with OSO to advise students in person in Hawai'i. 

  • Sarah Kyllo from College of Engineering
  • Julia Rosenzweig from College of Engineering
  • Ashlei Edgemon from College of Liberal Arts
  • Kris Gage from College of Science
  • Chris Wheeler from College of Business
  • Raina Martinez from Educational Opportunities Program

Additionally, the following folks are traveling to help host and present to students and their families.

  • Ben Medeiros from University Housing and Dining Services
  • Laura Mondragon from Office of Financial Aid
  • Rick DeBellis from Office of Admissions will be advising DPP students
  • Annie Tarter from Office of Student Orientation
  • Melissa Morgan from Office of Student Orientation
  • Heather Wofford from Office of Admissions
  • Christy Jones - Griggs Center Coordinator for Indigenous students

Finally, this group is guided and supported by the following staff and students.

  • Kameron Kadooka - faculty advisor of Hui O Hawai'i club
  • Irie Cheng - President of Hui O Hawai'i club
  • Rachel Polisher from Office of Student Orientation

For 2023, students admitted to OSU for summer 2023 should have received a direct email from Slate/Beaver Basecamp inviting them to attend one of the summer START sessions, hopefully earlier in the summer.  While they need not attend START or meet with an advisor to register for summer classes, they will need to attend START to meet with an advisor for fall term.  Office of Student Orientation highly encourages summer admit students to meet with an advisor as soon as possible, as well as to attend START earlier in the summer. Advisors with access can view their population in this Slate query.

YES!  New for 2023, students can choose to BOTH wait list a preferred session and sign up for a back-up session.  When signing up for START, students can choose to wait list a session that they'd prefer and Slate will automatically add them to that session and remove them from their back-up session.  There are separate email communications sent when students and guests are added to the wait list, as well as when they're moved from the wait list to registered status.  You can review this guide to see this from the student perspective.

There are three ways that we assess START formally.

  1. At the end of the START day, we have a quick snapshot survey that we ask students to complete.
  2. 10 day after START we ask students to complete a longer program assessment.
  3. During the term after first enrollment, Erin Bird's office puts out a transition survey to all new students, which includes some START questions.

We also ask families and guests to complete an assessment of their time with us, in a similar format to how we assess the student experience.

  1. Family quick snapshot survey
  2. Family longer program assessment

Finally, Hawai'i START has just one assessment, which has some questions tailored for that experience.

  1. Student Hawaii assessment
  2. Family Hawaii assessment

DPP students can visit the table at the resource fair from 8-9:15am, attend the informational session from 4-4:30pm in MU 104, or visit the drop in session during advising day from 9am-4pm in Austin Hall.  Additionally, LBCC staff have put together a list of resources which you can acces at this link.

DPP LBCC Resources

 

Have questions not answered here?

Reach out to our office!

For general Questions

  • Send us an email at [email protected] for more lengthy questions.
    • Our email is monitored by our whole team. 
    • Response times generally average 2-3 days during the summer START season.
  • Our webchat is staffed by START Leaders and is great for quick questions!
    • Click the "We are Here" button on the bottom right of our main webpage to chat.
    • We're available 10am-4pm during the Academic year
  • Call our main phone line at 541-737-7627.
    • Our general phone number is staffed 8am-5pm on all university workdays. 
    • You may get an office assistant or other student staff, or one of our professional staff.

For questions with more nuance or context

  • Senior Student Leaders - College Liaisons:
    • Jo Wright- Science, Forestry, Health, CEOAS
    • Savannah Fitts- Business, UESP, Honors, Ag. Science
    • Julia Adesida- Engineering, Liberal Arts, Education
  • Sarah Wilson - Office Manager
    • Sarah's role with START is focused on customer service, individual student problem-solving, outward-facing publications/communications, and supervising the student office team

    • Teams name is "Wilson, Sarah", which is best for quick teams messages

    • Office line is 541-737-6571, which is best for conversations and to provide feedback

  • Annie Tarter - Assistant Director
    • Annie's role with START is focused on students, logistical arrangements of rooms/times/dates, and supervising the START Leader team
    • Teams name is "Tarter, Annie Rose", which is best for quick teams messages
    • Office line is 541-737-9811, which is best for conversations and to provide feedback
  • Melissa Morgan - Director
    • Melissa's role with START is focused on parents and families, larger structural pieces of START, and supervising the professional staff
    • Teams name is "Morgan, Melissa", which is best for quick teams messages
    • Office line is 541-737-2193, which is best for conversations and to provide feedback
    • Office hours in Spring 2024 - Mondays at 11am and Thursdays at 1:30pm - Call on Teams or come by Waldo 102 with any START-related needs

For questions on a start day

  • Look for anyone in an orange polo!
    • Our START Leaders are all in Beaver orange and our senior staff are in black polos and can either help you directly or can message someone else to help.
  • Visit our Welcome table
    • We will staff a table all day IN PLACE and are happy to meet with you and/or students and families to answer questions.
  • Backstage room for staff
    • We have a room Memorial Union 105 (the Talisman Room) all day on START days that is our "backstage" for our staff.  There will be someone there all day as well, working behind the scenes to keep START flowing!
Where have we presented?
  • February Academic Advising Council- February 14 (slides included in below)
  • March Academic Advising Council - March 13 (slides included in below)
  • March Advising Town Hall - March 19 - Slides here

Updates considered and paths forward 

Consideration (the WHAT)
Who initiated the ask?
Path Forward
Date
host Black & Indigenous START separately AT&MM review update to this in 2024 8/23/23
begin recruiting START leaders sooner AT&MM review update to this in 2024 9/13/23
eliminate 3 STARTs per week AT&MM review update to this in 2024 9/13/23
maintain 2 day model with advising second day campus-wide survey maintain 2023 plan/model 10/1/23
maintain student choice wherever possible campus-wide survey maintain 2023 plan/model 10/1/23
maintain college choice in HOW advising is done and how long it takes campus-wide survey maintain 2023 plan/model 10/1/23
maintain virtual START availability campus-wide survey maintain 2023 plan/model 10/1/23
eliminate more than one housing location for summer AT&MM review update to this in 2024 10/30/23
Host Hawai'i START week 10 or finals week AT&MM review Finals week 11/7/23
Assign one senior student leader to each college as a liaison CHA request update to this in 2024 11/15/23
NODA grad or local CSSA grad intern? AT&MM review Local CSSA grad intern 11/29/23
Continue hosting at LINC AT&MM review and campus-wide survey maintain 2023 plan/model 12/4/23
Maintain resource fair in the AM AT&MM review maintain AM resource fair 1/8/24
Where to host parking for START Annie Parking garage 1/8/24
Hold transfer 1 earlier in the sequence CHA moved transfer 1 to second session 1/22/24
Make housing available before START AT&MM review limited availability but will offer 1/22/24
reduce number of START sessions and increase capacity of each session CHA increase capacity and hold 10 FY sessions 1/22/24
New slotted time for Honors College Honors College Morning of Day 2 for FY sessions 2/7/24
Managing evening activities and tired START leaders AT&MM Review Early expectations and strategic scheduling, adding in other staff as needed 2/7/24
How to open START sign-ups that work with Admissions June 1 deadline Admissions moved ATD date 1/3 spots reserved for June 3rd opening 2/21/24
Charges for summer 2024 START LSD and MALM conversation Updated charges in FAQs

3/1/34

Academic Success panel placement and length AT&MM Review Before college presentations 3/4/24
New nametag system for START AT&MM review Barcodes on nametags and folders to facilitate easier attendance taking 3/4/24
Small group #2 structure AT&MM Review START Leader Panel 3/13/24
Reconsider delivery of resources to students AT&MM Review OSYOU presentations by Senior START Leaders 3/13/24
Consider alternative transport for materials from Waldo to locations AT&MM Review Monthly rental from Motorpool for transport of supplies and people 3/21/24
Logistics student assistants AT&MM Review PD written and will be posted first week of spring term 3/25/24
Fee-waiver for Veterans Ask from MVRC professionals Waived for students and discounted for veterans supporting their students at START 3/25/24
Updated communication to students about staying in the residence hall as encouraged Student survey data Save the date messaging using stronger language 4/15/24
Consistency of minimum bar within Virtual STARTs between colleges CHA College module template sent to college reps 4/29/24
Technology onboarding for students CHA Canvas site in production 5/3/24
Hold something for families to do during advising campus-wide survey Included many opt-in sessions for families this summer for day two of first-year sessions 5/3/24
Transfer START schedule AT&MM Review update to shorten to one day, as well as include social components the night before START 5/28/24
Hawai'i START structure AT&MM Review Update to longer lunch and improved communication with advisors re: expectations, as well as students to expect short advising times 5/28/24
Revise content/format of Your Learning at OSU presentation Campus-wide survey Updated content to reflect Beaver Hub changes, as well as other edits 5/28/24

 Updates we're working on now

Consideration (the WHAT)
Who initiated the ask?
Goal Resolution Date
Canvas support for colleges CHA May
START Check-in location and system Annie May
some kind of checklist or bingo to help students get the most out of the resource fair Campus-wide survey May
Change of major processes at START, especially for students wanting to switch into Engineering KK and MALM conversation May
Consider replacement of webchat AT&MM review delay until Fall