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Parent & Family Program at START

Parent & Family Program at START

Parents and family members are invited to attend START with their student. Many time parents and family members are a huge support system for incoming students so we offer a program that runs parallel to the student program where parents and family members can receive information about how best to support their student at OSU.  Based on previous years about 75% of our incoming first-year students bring a parent or family member with them. There are certain parts of the program where you are togther and parts of the program where you are separated. 

Topics of the Parent Sessions include but are not limited to:

  • What does the transition look like?
  • Learn about resources related to health care, safety, and on campus housing
  • Learn about academic support services
  • Learn the process for student billing and payments
  • attend housing tours and academic college presentation with your student
  • and manymore workshops and tours available based on interest


Participation Costs

There is an additional cost of $45.00 per family member to participate in the START program. This fee covers the cost of additional meals, space rental, additional staffing, and program materials for family members. If parent/family members wish to attend the program please include them in the students START registration. Anyone 14 and under does not need to pay or register for the program.  This fee and parent program does not include staying overnight.  

Overnight housing for parent and family members

If parent/family members attending the program would like to stay overnight in the residence halls please indicate this in your START registration in the family housing option. Your student account will be charged $30.00 for each family member you register for housing.


Any changes or cancellations must be requested one week in advance of your program date for a refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my parent or family member have to come to the same session the student is attend?

Yes we do ask that if a parent or family member would like to participate in the program, that they attend the same program that their student is signed up for.

Can I bring a younger sibling?

We know that sending someone off to college can be a family affair, but based on previous experience, we don't encourage bringing younger siblings if possible.  There is a lot walking and sitting within the program, which can be difficult on younger ones.  Given the nature of the student program siblings will need to follow the family program throughout the day and won't be able to do the student track. If you a sibling does attend, please note that siblings over 14 years of age will need to pay the $45 family member participation fee and register for the program. Anyone 14 and under does not need to pay or register for the program. If the younger sibling is nursing, please let us know and we can provide the parent/family member with the location and access to lactation rooms across campus to access while attending the program (if desired).    

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Contact Info

New Student Programs & Family Outreach
A150 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, OR 97331-2133
Phone: 541-737-7627 | Fax: 541-737-6157

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