What Is START? 

START is our orientation program for incoming students. During orientation, students learn about all of the different resources available at the University, from academic support to all of the different ways to get involved on campus. Students will also be able to connect with their academic college, and meet other incoming students. We also have programming for parents and families, so the whole family can learn more about Oregon State University and everyone feels prepared for the transition to OSU.

We've set up START to support and preference in-person meetings as much as possible. There is a second day that will contain your academic advising appointment, which is required for course registration. As such, when you choose to attend in-person START, we prefer that you stay to attend your advising appointment in person the day after. If this is not possible due to your circumstances, we will have phone and zoom advising appointments available that second day. If attending a second day remotely is not possible, please let us know so we can plan an alternative way to get you an advising appointment. 

For students who cannot attend in-person START, we will have several virtual START sessions available to complete asynchronously throughout the summer. Each Virtual START has a three-day period following the session during which students can meet with their advisor virtually to coordinate class schedules. 

In Person START 

In person orientation will take place over the course of one day on campus. The following day is Advising Day and students will be expected to meet with their advisor and register for classes on the day following their START day. 

In-person START is designed for students who learn best in community, those who are coming to Corvallis from another part of the state, US, or world, and/or those who aren't sure what they will need to get started here. It is a guided orientation and we find that students who are traditionally aged, coming to college from high school, as well as those coming to OSU after a year or two of community college are most successful in this START model. This is an engaging experience that relies on relationship building and foundational student engagement practices to help your transition to Oregon State.

START Content will include:
  • Small group with START Leaders
  • Introduction to academics at OSU
  • Lunch with START Leaders
  • Dollars and Sense presentation with Financial Aid and Student Accounts
  • College presentations and information on advising and registration
  • Information sessions for special programs
  • Resource fair
  • Computer lab time to complete ALEKS and Language assessments (optional)
  • Residence hall tours

Virtual START

Our virtual orientations will be largely asynchronous, with different tasks to complete throughout the 5-day window when virtual session takes place.

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, it is up to the student to choose to participate in these.  Virtual START Sessions will also include:

  • Online modules and videos to complete in your own time
  • Office hours with START Leaders to answer any questions you may have
  • Socials with START Leaders and other incoming students
  • Virtual Campus tour
  • Dollars and sense with the Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts

Frequently Asked Questions

We ask that all students staying in person for Advising Day be prepared to stay until 5pm.  Each college will manage the process of advising a bit differently, with some being finished in the morning and others needing the full day to meet with all of their students.  If this is prohibitive for you, you can update your START registration and choose the virtual advising option instead.