To ensure fairness and support for students awaiting financial aid awards, we're holding 1/3 of all START spots to open after the June 1 commitment deadline this year.  Please note that at this time, all sessions are full to capacity, and all session waitlists are also full. In line with our commitment, we won't be opening the rest of the spots until Monday, June 3rd at 2PM PST.  Please check back then for additional spots.







What Is START? 

START is our orientation program for incoming students. Whether virtual or in-person, students will be introduced to OSU resources that have the power to help them academically, financially, socially, and healthily. They will spend the day with our amazing START leaders, engaging with other new students, and meeting with their academic advisors. We also have a separate program for families; going over OSU resources, how to support your student, and how to deal with the transition of sending your student to college.


(For Incoming Fall 2024 Students)


Register through your Beaver Basecamp:


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Hawai'i START

Saturday, June 15th
(first year + transfer)

Bilingüe START

June 30th - July 1st
(+ first year)

Black & Indigenous Student Success Connections

July 14th - 15th
(first year + transfer)

Catch-Up START

Friday, September 20th
(first year + transfer)

Join us for our exciting in-person Hawai’i START session, where advisors and university staff bring the OSU experience directly to you! In just one action-packed day, you’ll receive personalized guidance, forge connections with fellow Hawai’i Beavers, and depart with your fall class schedule in hand. Get ready for a day filled with valuable information and new friendships without the cost of coming to the mainland.

Costs (per person): Students: $150  Siblings under 10: $0  Families/Guests: $75


Discover the essence of inclusivity and support with Bilingüe, Oregon State University's bilingual campus orientation program! Created to cater to the needs of Spanish-speaking families, Bilingüe offers a dynamic blend of informative sessions, bilingual tours, and departmental presentations conducted in Spanish. This initiative ensures that all students and parents feel welcomed and empowered as they embark on their college journey. When students sign up for this session, they will be able to choose to have their family/guest materials be conducted in English or in Spanish.

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Experience the community at our in-person Black and Indigenous Student Success Connections! Join us as we shine a spotlight on vibrant living-learning communities and an array of academic and student success resources tailored to help Black and Indigenous students thrive. Discover a supportive community where you can connect, grow, and make lasting memories during your first term at OSU!

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It's September and you still need to attend START? We've got you covered! Our Catch-Up START session is here to ensure everyone gets their START requirement fulfilled before the term kicks off. This session will not be available in Beaver Basecamp until all other sessions have passed.

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  • June 25th - 26th
  • June 30th - July 1st (+ Bilingüe)
  • July 2nd - 3rd
  • July 9th - 10th
  • July 11th - 12th
  • July 16th - 17th
  • July 30th - 31st
  • August 1st - 2nd
  • August 4th - 5th
  • August 6th - 7th



  • Thursday, June 27th
  • Thursday, July 18th
  • Thursday, August 8th

Join us for a full day of orientation fun! Beginning bright and early, you will join our START Leaders for a guided orientation filled with resource panels regarding academics, finances, and belonging here at OSU. Parents and families that come along with their students will embark on a different path, attending information and resource panels catered to them and their learning of how to support their students in this big transition. Check in begins at 8:00 am PST and we will have scheduled panels and activities until 5.




Cost of Attendance (per person):

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

*All Corvallis Students: $0  FY Families/Guests: $80  Student Housing: $60
Siblings under 10: $0 TR Families/Guests: $65  Family/Guest Housing: $75




  • July 19th - 23rd
    • Advising Days: July 24th - 26th
  • September 6th - 10th
    • Advising Days: September 11th - 13th

Can’t make it to Corvallis? No worries! Virtual START combines all information from the in-person sessions and more into an asynchronous learning experience. Virtual START is administered through Canvas, an online learning platform you will be using a lot of here at OSU. With about 2-3 hours worth of content, you can click through this Canvas course at your own pace. You will have 5 days to complete the main content and set up a meeting with your advisor, to take place sometime during the scheduled advising days. The course opens at 10am and closes at 5pm (PST) on their respective days.

You'll find these sessions under 'other options' in your Beaver Basecamp.

*Important* Additional Information

Students will meet with their advisors during day two (2) of START at the time they scheduled the day prior. These meetings will take place sometime between 8:00am and 5:00pm. We ask that you please schedule your travel plans accordingly to account for the possibility of an afternoon meeting time. 

To ensure fairness and support students awaiting financial aid awards, we're adjusting our May sign-up process this year. After the June 1st commitment deadline, we'll open up another round of spots on June 3rd, giving everyone a way to secure their START session. This ensures equal opportunity for participation, regardless of award status.

Beaver Basecamp does not show START sessions when:

  • registration hasn't opened yet
  • the session is full
  • the session has locked (10 business days prior)
  • Students will room with another student, based on the preferences they indicate on the START registration form, in one of our residence halls. This process reflects University Housing and Dining Services' (UHDS) housing application and roommate selection process.
  • Families/Guests will stay together in a suite-style room in a different residence hall than their student.


*If you are traveling more than 50 miles from campus, we are able to provide housing for the night before your scheduled START session for both students and guests, first-year or transfer. If this applies to you, it will automatically be available to you when you register for START. Housing rates still apply.*

START fees will be billed to your student account about a week after you attend your scheduled orientation session. These will be due at the same time fall tuition is due. 

At Oregon State University, we are committed to supporting our military service members, veterans, and their families as they transition into higher education. As part of this commitment, we offer fee waivers and discounts for various programs and sessions.



Military service or affiliation with a service member may qualify you for a fee waiver. Complete the following questions on our sign-up form to check eligibility. Answering "yes" to any of these questions may qualify you for a $10 student fee waiver.

  • Are you now or have you previously served in the U.S. military?
  • Are you the spouse or dependent child of a current or former service member of the U.S. military?
  • Do you plan to use a VA education benefit or military tuition assistance?



In addition to fee waivers, we offer discounts for veterans attending in support of their students. If your student answers "yes" to the second question above and you are accompanying them, you may be eligible to receive the following discounts:

  • First-Year Families: Fee reduced to $65 from $80.
  • Transfer Families: Fee reduced to $50 from $65.



To apply for a fee waiver or to receive a discount, please indicate your eligibility on the sign-up form when registering for a session on Beaver Basecamp. Our team will review your responses and apply the waiver or discount accordingly.

Once you've registered for a START session, you should have access to Beaver Hub (it may take up to 48 hours to activate). There, under the "Success Team" tab, please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor so that you may register for classes before summer term begins!

OSU continuously opens up more spots/times of common classes all first-year students need to take throughout the summer to account for those attending later START sessions. No matter when you attend START, OSU guarantees a full set of classes that will go towards your degree requirements. 

Please reach out to us, the Office of Student Orientation, if you have any questions about START!