Advising FAQs

I am a transfer Student. How do I find out what credit I will receive for courses completed at other institutions?
For general information about transfer credit, see:

Regarding transfer of required Biology and Chemistry courses:

Some information about math placement:

What are the expectations for advising?
Advising at OSU is guided by a set of goals and learning outcomes, Additionally, within the College of Agricultural Sciences, advising is viewed as a partnership, in which you are paired with a knowledgeable academic professional, assigned to work with you over an extended period of time, on a one-on-one basis, to promote your success.

Bear in mind that your education, and all decisions about your program of study, are ultimately your responsibility. Take the time to become familiar with the information at the FST Undergraduate web site. You will find answers to many of your questions at this site. Use the tools at this site, the OSU Online Catalog (, Registration Handbook ( and My Degrees to plan and monitor your program.

Advisors are expected to be respectful of you as an individual and to provide accurate and timely information regarding your education. Advisees are similarly expected to respect advisors and their time, in part by preparing for, and keeping, appointments. In your advising meeting, express your experience and goals as completely and accurately as possible, so that your advisor can make the most appropriate recommendations to help you maximize the benefit you receive from the time, effort, and money you are investing in your education. Review your plan and progress with your advisor, and be prepared to act on the suggestions your advisor provides.

Who is my advisor?
Dan Smith is the FST academic advisor for undergraduate students. Contact information: Office - WGND128,
phone: 541-737-2590, e-mail:

How often should I meet with my advisor?
It is up to you and your advisor to determine the frequency of your communication, but don't hesitate to make contact when you have questions or concerns.

Your registration PIN changes on a quarterly basis, so at the least you should plan to meet with your advisor on a quarterly basis for an update and planning meeting. Each quarter, about the fourth week, a reminder to schedule advising meetings is sent via the department’s student e-mail list. Holly Templeton (WGND100, 541-737-6486, manages the advising calendar. Advising appointments fill quickly, so contact Holly soon after you see that quarterly announcement to obtain your meeting time. If you wish to meet at times other than the peak advising period (weeks 5-9 of the quarter), or in an academic emergency, contact Dan directly to schedule a meeting.

When do I register?
Quarterly registration for continuing students begins on Sunday of the beginning of the 8th week of each term. Priority is based upon total number of credits. (Note: Transfer credits are not counted until an official transcript has been received and processed by OSU Admissions). You can estimate your registration date and time at After the end of the fifth week of each quarter you can view your specific date and time, and any holds that might block you from registering, by logging into your account via Student Online Services, and checking Registration Status.

What does it take to succeed at OSU?
While the answer to that question is unique for each student, here are some excellent suggestions that will help you make a successful transition to your academic life at the university.

I want to graduate soon; what do I need to do?
The following link is to information about the degree audit process and the online graduation application:

It is important to complete the graduation application at least two quarters prior to your expected graduation (e.g. if you plan to be a spring graduate, do this in December). If the audit reveals any deficiencies in your completion of requirements, you will still have two terms in which to address them.