Welcome to virtual family START!

Please check out our resources below.

Hello and welcome to all the family members of new incoming Oregon State University students! We are eager to welcome you to our Beaver family. Although we would have loved to meet you in-person, we are confident that our virtual family START program will give you all the information you need to support your student during their first year at Oregon State.

Please review the resources below. On this page, you'll find information, recordings from previous webinars, links for our virtual family bilingue START program (conducted in Spanish) and content for our virtual family START folders.

Should you have any questions, we'll provide contact information for the departments that are hosting each session below. We encourage you to reach out to them with specific questions related to their content.

Finally, we encourage you to sign up for the first-year family e-newsletter! If you are interested in the ways we intentionally support new students and are curious how you can contribute to your student's success, please click here to add your email to the list. This newsletter will be sent quarterly.

Information Regarding Video Recordings

Topic: Housing & Dining. OSU takes great pride in the experience our students have in living on campus. University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) will answer all your questions about your student's housing contracts, roommates, life in the residence halls, and meal plans.

Topic: Student Finances. Admittedly, understanding the ins and outs of your student's federal and state aid can be confusing. The Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships Office, and Student Accounts will clarify everything from the various forms of financial aid to how to pay a quarterly bill.

Topic: Academic Support. In addition to world renowned faculty, OSU provides a host of resources to support a student's academic experience. The Academic Success Center, University Library, Disability Access Services and Degree Partnership Program will unveil the many ways OSU supports a student's path to their degree.

Topic: Health & Wellness. OSU is committed to the wellbeing of each student. Student Health Services and Counseling & Psychological Services will describe the medical and therapy resources available to students, as well as the university's proactive efforts to reduce high-risk behavior and acts of violence.

Topic: Student Support & Engagement. Whether living on- or off-campus, OSU works tirelessly to develop an inclusive, safe, and engaging environment. The Office of Student Life, Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Department of Public Safety and Recreational Sports will share how OSU creates a vibrant and safe university experience.

Topic: Community & Belonging. OSU honors the path each student has taken on their journey to Beaver Nation and wants students to feel they absolutely belong at OSU. Student Experiences & Engagement, Diversity & Cultural Engagement, the Office of Institutional Diversity, and University Housing & Dining Services will share the many ways we facilitate the development of community across campus.

Topic: Student Voices. Get the real story from the experts! Our panel of student START Orientation Leaders will share their own experiences in transitioning to OSU and answer your questions about what it's really like to be a student here at OSU.

recordings of previous webinars

Each webinar was recorded so that families who could not access the live session will be able to watch it on their own time. You can check out a full selection of the recordings on our Virtual Family START Webinar channel.

  • Recording of July 6 Housing & Dining webinar: click here!
  • Recording of July 9 Student Finances webinar: click here!
  • Recording of July 13 Academic Support webinar: click here!
  • Recording of July 15 Community & Belonging webinar: click here!
  • Recording of July 16 Health & Wellness webinar: click here!
  • Recording of July 20 Student Support & Engagement webinar: click here!
  • Recording of July 23 Student Voices webinar: click here!
  • Recording of August 6 Housing & Dining webinar: click here!
  • Recording of August 10 Student Finance webinar: click here!
  • Recording of August 12 Community & Belonging webinar: click here!
  • Recording of August 13 Academic Support webinar: click here!
  • Recording of August 17 Health & Wellness webinar: click here!
  • Recording of August 20 Student Support & Engagement webinar: click here!
  • Recording of August 24 Student Voices webinar: click here!

Seminario Web Bilingüe

El Seminario Web Bilingüe se ofrece a todas las familias que desean recibir información sobre el ingreso de nuevos estudiantes a la universidad. El personal de OSU estará presente para proveer información sobre ayuda financiera, vivienda y comida, servicios de salud, y demás recursos. La información se presentará en español e incluye subtítulos en vivo.

El seminario se ofrece en dos fechas, pero con la misma información en cada fecha. Acceda al seminario por el enlace en la fecha que le conviene:

INFORMATION FOR UPCOMING BILINGUE WEBINARS

START Bilingue webinars are for families interested in receiving information in Spanish. OSU faculty and administrators will address student transition topics including Financial Aid, University Housing and Dining Services, Student Health Services, and other university resources. START Bilingue is presented in Spanish and includes live captioning.

gRABACIONES del seminario Web Bilingüe

Las dos fechas del Seminario Web Bilingüe se grabarán para que se acceden por las familias que no pueden asistir en vivo. Después de cada seminario, la grabación se encontrará aquí mismo.

RECORDINGS OF PREVIOUS BILINGUE WEBINARS

Each START Bilingue webinar will be recorded so that families who could not access the live session will be able to watch it on their own time. After each session passes, we will upload the recording here. Please check back after our first live session for the recording!


   

Family Publications

 Family handbook - this PDF is a helpful collection of campus-wide resources and information on how families can support their students. En español

2020 Parent and Family Calendar - this calendar is full of tips to support your student, as well as important dates through the academic year.

Transportation guide - students also received this PDF with information about transportation services, including campus parking permits. En español

Student Health Services information - students also received this PDF about health and wellness resources on campus. En español

2020-21 billing cycle - students also received this PDF with a calendar of when OSU bills are posted to a student's MyBill account and when they are due. En español

   

What about Fall Family Weekend 2020?

As the university continues to monitor the effects of COVID-19 and what that means for our ability to host events on campus, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Fall Family Weekend 2020. While we would have loved to see in you in person, we think it is best to postpone for the safety of families traveling and our students here in Corvallis.

We understand that this is a challenging time and we ask you to consider connecting with your student during this time and celebrating their successes at OSU.

   

Contact New Student Programs & Family Outreach with questions

If you have general questions about virtual family START, or if you don't know who to ask, New Student Programs & Family Outreach would love to connect with you. You can reach us during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. PDT) by phone at 541-737-7627 or by email at [email protected].