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More Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does my student have to live on campus? What are the different costs for the housing options?
  2. Which residence hall or cooperative house is the best?
  3. What is there to do on campus for fun?
  4. Can students graduate in four years?
  5. Do you recommend students work while going to school? If so, are there jobs available?
  6. How does a student change his/her major?
  7. What advice would you give regarding how best to support my student emotionally?
  8. Tell me about fraternities and sororities.
  9. What kind of tutoring services are available at OSU?
  10. Does OSU help students find internships and jobs after graduation?
  11. Should my student bring a computer?
  12. How can I find out if my student is experiencing difficulties?
  13. What is a typical first-term schedule?
  14. What is orientation like? What does OSU do to retain students?
  15. Do you recommend that students room with friends?
  16. What has been you/your student's best and worst experience at OSU?
  17. What programs are there for parents of OSU students?
  18. What changes can I expect to see in my student?
  19. Will my student need a car?
  20. How much does it cost to attend OSU?
  21. Do your students call/write/e-mail or visit home often?
  22. How safe is campus?
  23. What is the average class size?
  24. How can I access my student's records?



Does my student have to live on campus? What are the different costs for the housing options?
As of Fall 2013, all first-year, first-term students are required to live on-campus. Research shows that living in a residence hall or cooperative house can help students stay in college and graduate. Specifically, the first year students who live in the residence halls or cooperatives are more likely to have a higher GPA and be retained at OSU at a higher rate than those who live off campus. OSU staff understands that in some instances, some students may need to petition for a qualifying exemption. Exceptions to the live-on requirement will only be considered after a student completes the UHDS housing application.

Upper-division or transfer students have additonal living options to those described above. On campus, Halsell Hall, is which is not available to first-year students and allows for gender inclusive/apartment-style assignments. Off campus options include the privately-managed hall called The Gem and local apartments and houses.

The residence halls with meals range from $6,500 (double room, smallest meal plan)-$8,874 (double room, largest meal plan) per year. The cost of living in a cooperative house is about $4,350 per year.

For more information about residence halls, dining, and cooperatives contact University Housing and Dining Services. For sororities and fraternities contact the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life. Return to top of page

Which residence hall or cooperative house is the best?
At Oregon State there is a wide range of living options. The facilities are safe, comfortable, and conveniently located to campus. There are 14 coed residence halls, including a Wellness Hall, International Hall, Honors College hall, Entrepreneurship Hall and special areas such as quiet floors and students-in-engineering program; all halls are smoke-free. Another living option for students is cooperative houses. There are three all-women houses and one all-men house; they range in size from 35 to 50 members, offering close-knit communities. Return to top of page

What is there to do on campus for fun?
There are over 300 student organizations, the most of any college in Oregon. Students are sure to find people who share their interests. They will make friends, develop leadership skills, participate in sports and recreation activities, learn to work in groups, pursue professional interests, and enjoy music, art, drama, film and intercollegiate athletics. Return to top of page

Can students graduate in four years?
It is possible for students to graduate in four years. The time it takes to graduate depends on course load, whether or not a student changes his/her major, and the major program. Most students can graduate in four years if they take an average of 15 credits per term. College advisors help students to keep on track for graduation. Return to top of page

Do you recommend students work while going to school? If so, are there jobs available?
If your student is looking for work, on and off-campus employment opportunities are a great way to earn money and build leadership skills and competencies. Many departments and programs have positions available on an hourly basis. Check with Career Services for job listings at their office or website. If your student is on work-study, check with the Financial Aid office. Other off-campus jobs can also be found through the Corvallis Gazette-Times classified ads. Return to top of page

How does a student change his/her major?
To change or declare a major or minor, students must complete a Major/Minor Change Form. These forms are available at your student's college/program advising offices, at the Registrar's windows, and on the Web. It is essential for students to keep this information up-to-date. Return to top of page

What advice would you give regarding how best to support my student emotionally?
The best thing for your student is to keep an open line of communication flowing. Be understanding of the challenges and exciting things that can happen during your student's first year at college. Listen, support and encourage them to ask for help on campus if they need it. There are many support services located on campus to help students.Return to top of page

Tell me about fraternities and sororities.
There are 11 sororities, all alcohol-free, and 22 fraternities, including some that are alcohol-free. The Greek houses are a 10-minute walk or less from campus. Women first share a room with a Big Sister, then rotate roommates in subsequent terms; women and men have study and dressing rooms and sleep in large, comfortable sleeping areas. Scholarship, leadership, community service, and social activities abound. Sorority and fraternity chapters often join together for activities such as house dances and beach or ski trips. More information about Fraternity and Sorority Life can be found on their website: http://oregonstate.edu/cfsl/Return to top of page

What kind of tutoring services are available at OSU?
There are many tutoring options available on campus. Some are free and others charge reasonable fees per session. Several colleges offer tutoring from students within the college and there also are services available from many other offices on campus. Also located on campus are the Writing Learning Center and the Math Learning Center where students may get help. Return to top of page

Does OSU help students find internships and jobs after graduation?
Career Services offers the On-Campus Recruiting Program, which brings more employers to recruit at OSU than any other school in the state of Oregon. They can also facilitate a search for an internship or cooperative education experience, which allows students to work in a career field of interest while still in school. Career Services can also offer career guidance and planning through individual appointments with advisors.Return to top of page

Should my student bring a computer?
OSU prides itself on its up-to-date computer labs, containing the latest equipment, software, and network access. There are four general access microcomputer labs; the Milne Computer Center is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week during the academic year. Use of the labs is free. Overall, more than 2000 computers are available on campus for student use. All rooms in the residence halls and cooperative houses have outlets that can enable students to connect personal computers to the campus computer network.Return to top of page

How can I find out if my student is experiencing difficulties?
The best way is to regularly keep in touch with your student. Ask how he or she is doing. If you're concerned about your student, feel free to contact his/her academic advisor, Resident Advisor, University Counseling and Psychological Services, or the Dean of Students. However, these offices may not be able to give you information about your student directly, but may aid in helping your student if problems arise.Return to top of page

What is a typical first-term schedule?
Generally a full-time student enrolls in 15 credit hours (usually four to six courses). Difficulty of courses should be considered. Return to top of page

What is orientation like? What does OSU do to retain students?
OSU START, CONNECT, and U-ENGAGE help students through the registration process and provide many opportunities to meet students and faculty members and to become familiar with OSU facilities and services. During START, students meet with advisors, register for classes, and learn more about what OSU has to offer. CONNECT occurs duing the final day before classes start in fall and offers students an orientation to campus with activities such as academic workshops to ensure success, welcome events by the academic colleges, open houses, a dance, college and major activities, convocation, and more! U-ENGAGE is the two-credit first-year student orientation course recommended for all new students. Join approximately 20 other first-year or transfer students in exploring an academic area of interest in addition to academic success, positive relationships with faculty and students, career and academic opportunities, campus resources, and time management strategies.

Do you recommend that students room with friends?
It is great to have a friend there for support and to share the experiences of college living, but it is important for your student to consider whether or not his/her friend is messy, or has different sleeping or study habits before deciding to share a room. Rooming with someone else also has the advantage of making new friends and gaining different experiences.Return to top of page

What has been you/your student's best and worst experience at OSU?
Every student is different and each year there is a different answer to this question. Many of the students' best experiences center around people and involvement on campus, so encourage your student to make the most of college and get involved. Every student may experience something unpleasant from time to time, but there are many dedicated people here on campus to help them deal with any issues they may encounter.Return to top of page

What programs are there for parents of OSU students?
The Memorial Union Program Council hosts Mom's and Dad's weekends at OSU. Dad's Weekend is in the Fall and features more than 30 activities, including car and model airplane shows, tours and a football tailgater. Mom's Weekend is in the Spring and has everything from a Renaissance Fair and comedian to wine tasting and fashion shows. For more information about these events please contact the Memorial Union Program Council office.Return to top of page

What changes can I expect to see in my student?
College is a challenging and exciting time in your student's life. In most cases, this is their first time away from home and they will have a lot of freedom to make many choices. Every student is different in how they deal with this change and the best thing to do is to be supportive and interested in their college experiences. Encourage them to ask for help when they need it. Some common things to expect include changing their major, feeling overwhelmed, homesickness, and similar things as they search to define who they are as a person.Return to top of page

Will my student need a car?
The residence halls and buildings on campus are all located within walking distance. Corvallis has bike lanes everywhere and free city bus service for OSU students, so having a car is not absolutely necessary.Return to top of page

How much does it cost to attend OSU?

Tuition costs are based on undergraduate students' residency status. Other expenses vary based on students' personal choices regarding lifestyle, course of study, purchase and resale of books, entertainment, and travel. For recent tuition and fee listings, visit: http://oregonstate.edu/fa/businessaffairs/student/tuition-and-fees

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Do your students call/write/e-mail or visit home often?
This all depends on your student. Some students feel the need to visit home a lot and others don't. It is important to be supportive to your students but also allow them to gain some independence on their own. It is helpful in avoiding misunderstandings by discussing with your student how often they will call or visit home.Return to top of page

How safe is campus?
OSU has the lowest reported crime rate among PAC-12 campuses. One of the top priorities at Oregon State University is the safety of students, faculty, staff, and guests. Safety is a cooperative effort, and individual responsibility for the safety of others and ourselves is emphasized. The primary mission of OSU Public Safety is the protection and safety of persons, property, and buildings on campus. OSU campus crime activity reports are available from OSU Security Services.Return to top of page

What is the average class size?
Class size varies. Large lecture halls often seat 300 students. A student, however, would not have all classes in a 300-person lecture hall. Lecture classes typically allow for personalization through labs and small group sessions, called recitations, which tend to be about 20 students in size. Only 17% of our classes have over 100 students in them. Also, the further a student moves into his/her major, the smaller the classes tend to be.Return to top of page

How can I access my student's records?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (Public Law 93-380), as amended, Oregon Revised Statutes 351.065, and Oregon Administrative Rule 580-013-0005 of the State Board of Higher Education afford students certain rights with respect to their educational records. They include: 1) the right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a request for access, 2) the right to request the amendment of the student's education record that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading, 3) the right to consent to disclosures of the personally identifiable information contained in the student's educational record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent, and 4) the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Oregon State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The complete guidelines can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/GuidelinesforReleaseofStudentRecords.html. If you have questions about the restrictions FERPA imposes, you may direct them to Mary Rhodes, Associate Registrar 541-737-4048 or to Caroline Kerl, Legal Advisor 541-737-2474.Return to top of page

If you have a question that is not answered here, please feel free to e-mail newstudents@oregonstate.edu, the office of New Student Programs & Family Outreach.Return to top of page