Register for virtual START Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)Ecampus student orientation

START registration is open for all deposited/exempt Corvallis students. Please log in with your ONID username and password in order to register for virtual START.

**Ecampus admits:  your registration/orientation is managed by Ecampus and not through the START program.  Use the 'Ecampus student orientation' button for your next steps.**



Congratulations on your admission to Oregon's Premier Research University!  You and your family should be proud of your academic accomplishments.  We are so excited to welcome you as the newest member of Beaver Nation!

During these unprecedented times, Oregon State University is working tirelessly to make your experience with us the best it can be.  As we approach our work right now, please know that your safety and a high-quality academic experience are top priorities for us.


START is our new student orientation and advising program.  When you have completed START, you will have taken all the steps to join Beaver Nation this fall including having your fall term schedule in hand. 

You must pay your Advanced Tuition Deposit before you are able to register for START.

START 2020 is being offered in a virtual format to address the current COVID-19 circumstances.  We will do our best to ensure you get the same high-quality advising you would receive if you were on-campus, in person.  To help manage this process, we have broken things into three distinct modules: Pre-advising, Advising & Course Registration, and Post-advising.  Each module has certain tasks you will be asked to complete before moving on to the next.

Once you have registered for START, we will provide you instructions on these modules.  In the meantime, there are some things that you can do right now:

START Module Overview (registration required for participation)

There are some steps all students must complete before moving to the advising module:

  • Activate your ONID account
  • Confirm your Enrollment (students may decline admission and request a deposit refund before June 1, 2020)
  • Sign-up for START New Student Orientation! 
    • See our FAQs for more information about how Virtual START is happening this summer, include the waves for class registration.
  • You'll receive a welcome email from us ( that will direct you to log in to Canvas to complete Part 1 of START. 
    • You'll need your OSU email address to log in, so be sure to activate your ONID before you login.
  • Part 1 of START will include things like:
    • View START Welcome video
    • Academic overview
    • Take the ALEKS Math Placement test
    • Honors college information
    • Veteran's benefits

Students that have completed Part 1 of START will be placed into advising groups based on their academic college and major and their wave date range chosen at START sign-up.  Your academic college will contact you via email with details about advising and course registration.  Each academic college approaches advising differently so pay attention to your emailed instructions.

If you have any questions during START, please review our FAQ page or email us at


For students that have completed the first two modules.  This is the time to finalize other items and connect with others at OSU to help you prepare for fall term.  

  • Finalize any housing and/or dining arrangements
  • Learn about OSU departments and services that are designed to support your success as a student through our Virtual Resource Fair
  • Connect with student START leaders (coming soon)
  • Attend a virtual campus tour (The Welcome Center is currently unable to offer in-person campus tours at this time. When we are able to safely welcome visitors to campus, you will be able to register for campus tours here.)
Important Dates

May 18th:  All students are eligible to begin signing up for START on May 18th, 2020 at 2pm (Pacific Time). 

Click here to register for virtual START




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