• Dear Counselors,

    Because we understand the critical role that you play in the decisions of prospective college students, we created this site to provide information and answer many important questions about your student's interest in attending Oregon State. The blog is a place for you to browse but if you ever want to speak to someone about Oregon State, please call or email us using the contact information below.


    We encourage you and your students to visit Corvallis and Oregon State University. It is the best way to learn the most about what any institution has to offer.


    Warm Regards,

    The Office of Admissions

  • OSU seeks to boost retention through First Year Experience program

    August 16th, 2012

    Welcome back, counselors!

    We wanted to make you aware of a slight change for students enrolling Fall 2013 and beyond.

    From OSU News:

    CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will revise its First Year Experience program for new students over the next several years in an effort to help students succeed academically and improve retention.

    A task force of OSU faculty, staff and students has been working on ways to help students thrive academically and personally during the first year. It concurs with what many national studies have found: The best way to ensure that students return for their sophomore year is to help them “connect” to campus in a meaningful way, said Susie Brubaker-Cole, associate provost for academic success at OSU and co-chair of the task force.

    “What we’re seeking is a ‘high-touch’ experience for students during that first year when it becomes critical for them to interact in meaningful ways with other students, with faculty and with campus programs,” Brubaker-Cole said. “A lot of this happens in the classroom, but much of it is an extension of classroom learning that reaches into life on campus and the experiences you have as a member of campus communities.”

    As an integral part of OSU’s initiative, first-year students will be required to live on campus for their first academic year beginning fall term of 2013. (my emphasis)

    “If you look at top universities in the country in terms of academic success and student retention, almost all of them require students to live on campus their first year,” Brubaker-Cole said. “The learning and community-building that occur in campus residences are focal points of the first-year experience.”

    OSU has done well with retention over the past few years, hovering around 82% of students returning for their sophomore year. While that is ahead of peer institutions, there is room for improvement that can be realized by tying together efforts of many parts of the student experience into a cohesive one. Concerns about ample housing offerings and exceptions for some students are addressed:

    Tom Scheuermann, director of University Housing and Dining Services at OSU, says his office has assessed its overall on-campus housing capacity and will have adequate space for the live-on-campus requirement. In addition to the International Living-Learning Center that opened last year and houses 320 students, OSU’s on-campus capacity will get a boost from a new residence hall that is in design with a planned opening of fall 2014.

    Scheuermann said on-campus capacity this fall (2012) should be about 4,300 spaces, which will grow by another 300 in 2014 with the new hall. And some floors in Finley Hall that will be off-line in the coming academic year, or used for office space, will reopen in fall of 2013.

    In recent years, about 80 percent of the new-to-OSU freshmen have lived on campus.

    There will be some exceptions granted to the new requirement, OSU officials say, though specifics have yet to be determined.

    Jump to the full press release here.
    -bv

    ‘Relentless’ movie to debut in Portland April 18th at OMSI

    April 2nd, 2012

    The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will host the Portland debut of ‘RELENTLESS: The Global Formula Racing Pursuit of Perfection’ movie on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012. Admission is free.

    Hosted at the OMNIMAX Theater, ‘RELENTLESS’ is a documentary chronicling a year in the life of Global Formula Racing Team. Made up of students in a multinational partnership who design and build formula cars for an extremely competitive international racing circuit, the GFR team hails from Oregon State University and DHBW Ravensburg, Germany. They devote every waking moment to the relentless pursuit of an international championship bid.

    The world-winning car and members of the GFR Team will be at a pre-screening reception, so come by and see the machine and the students who created and raced it. The GFR Team are back-to-back world champions.


    -bv

    Scholarships and aid packages on their way now

    March 23rd, 2012

    Just got word from the scholarship coordinator that scholarship awards for fall 2012 are going out now.

    In the past week they awarded and sent scholarship letters to:

    -About 800 additional Academic Achievement awards in the “competitive round” (they awarded about 750 during awarding prior to Feb. 1)
    -approximately 150 Presidential scholarships
    -500+ Diversity Achievement awards

    To date, they’ve awarded 1100 Provost Scholarships and 2300 Tuition Grant scholarships.

    Their plan is still to have financial aid award letters in the mail Monday.

    We know this can be a critical time (and stressful one) for families, so please let them know they should see something from Oregon State soon.
    Have a great spring break!
    -bv

    $1billion is the new goal

    March 9th, 2012

    The Campaign for OSU just announced it’s second upward goal change for the first full-scale capital campaign in school history: $1billion.

    Learn more about how students are being positively affected by the campaign:

    Oregon State continues to grow

    March 9th, 2012

    Student Experience Center rendition
    Recently, the Oregon Legislature approved bonds for three capital projects at Oregon State.

    The Student Experience Center is slated to replace the aging Snell Hall and will house student organizations and accommodate student events. This project is also student-fee funded so Oregon State students are investing in this project.

    The Student Experience Center will be located on the site of the current parking lot next to the MU.

    The concept includes a new outdoor plaza between the MU and the new building, which will feature a rain-proof structure overhead to enable groups and events use of outdoor space even during inclement weather. A covered outdoor space was the number one requested building feature for student organizations surveyed two years ago. The Student Experience Center will be designed to meet or exceed LEED silver certification standards and will be built with sustainability in mind. Providing a healthy and energy efficient facility is a key project goal.

    The Memorial Union Renovation project is the second funded project to address the move of the OSU Bookstore from the east end of the MU. This is also a student-fee funded project.

    The final capital funded project is the construction of a new residence hall. The new hall with house 150 students to help alleviate the housing crunch in the Corvallis community (currently a 1% vacancy rate).

    -bv

    What’s next for Fall 2012

    February 22nd, 2012

    We hope that you’ve survived the madhouse of college applications, anxious parents and stressed out students. Thank you for your continued support and promotion of Oregon State! Below are few updates and reminders about Oregon State to help you work with students.

    Fall 2012 Applications

    One of the biggest questions we field this time of year is, ‘Does Oregon State still take applications?’ Even though our priority application period has passed, we are still accepting fall 2012 applications for admission.

    We are extremely excited about our Fall 2012 class of new students so far. Applicants continue to be better prepared, more diverse and more motivated each year. On President’s Day we hosted nearly 1000 students and families for our first Spring Visit program of 2012. If the crowd and caliber of student is any indication of who will enroll in September, we are in for an amazing year!

    OSU Nights

    You may hear students talking about OSU Nights. We are hosting these admitted student receptions around the West (CA, WA, HI, NV, ID and OR) in March and April. Students that have been offered admission for fall 2012 will be invited to attend along with their family. Next steps in the enrollment process and an overview of support services at OSU will be discussed at OSU Nights. These programs also offer students the opportunity to meet other students from their area who are looking at OSU and make early connections. For a full listing of OSU Nights, visit oregonstate.edu/osunights.

    Come See Us

    We also encourage you to visit campus yourself, especially if you have never visited campus or it has been a few years. There are many great enhancements to our already beautiful and historic campus including a new residence hall, the Linus Pauling Science Center, new intramural fields and facilities and the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. If you are interested in visiting, please let me know. I’d like to take the time to personally meet with you.

    Regards,

    Noah

    Noah Buckley
    Director of Admissions
    Oregon State University
    (541) 737-0583

    Spring Visit schedule announced

    January 12th, 2012

    The Office of Admission has announced the Spring Visit program dates for 2012:

    Spring Visit | Monday, February 20, 2012

    Spring Visit | Friday, March 30, 2012

    Spring Visit | Friday, April 6, 2012

    Spring Visit | Friday, April 13, 2012

    For high school juniors, OSU Spring Visits are a great opportunity to learn the basics about Oregon State University. You’ll spend the day meeting with representatives from key academic and administrative areas, have a chance to tour the campus, and get some time to speak with current OSU students.

    For students that have been admitted for fall 2012, there will also be sessions that will discuss the next steps in the enrollment process including financial aid and scholarship awards, paying the Advance Tuition Deposit (ATD), housing choices and the advising and registration process at START programs during the summer. Also, new this year, we will have stations dedicated for families that wish to pay their ATD at the event.

    To register for a Spring Visit event, visit http://oregonstate.edu/visitosu/open-house-programs.

    -bv

    Celebration of Life for fallen OSU student

    January 12th, 2012

    See the details over at the Admissions Blog.

    -bv

    2011 President’s Report: Student Centered-Community Focused

    December 7th, 2011

    The 2011 President’s Report is out and President Ray uses a creative format to outline OSU’s success and plans for the future.

    View it here.

    OSU President Ed Ray


    -bv

    Your students at OSU

    December 7th, 2011

    We talk all the time about the great number of opportunities that students have at OSU. Sometimes though, it’s just better to show them in action.

    -bv