Let's face it. Being a grad student can be hectic and stressful. And sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves like we should. But it's vital to stay safe, stay active, and stay mentally and emotionally well, so that you can be your best in the classroom and in your research. OSU offers a variety of resources to support your health and wellness. We care about you. Be sure you care about you, too.
Corvallis is considered one of the safest university communities on the west coast, and OSU has the lowest reported crime rate among PAC-10 campuses. The Department of Public Safety and the Oregon State Police work in partnership to provide a safe campus for students. In addition to a wide range of safety services and crime prevention programs, officers patrol the campus and residential areas on bicycles, on foot, and in cruisers 24 hours a day.
Counseling and Psychological Services provides counseling, consultation, outreach and education to OSU students, faculty, and staff. CAPS does this in order to facilitate student’s academic success, mental health, and personal development and promote a culture of positive mental health at OSU.
In a fun, convenient and welcoming environment, Faculty Staff Fitness caters to your busy schedule to ensure fitting in a daily workout is a breeze.
Housed in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Faculty Staff Fitness (FSF) offers a variety of health and wellness topic programming to faculty, staff, retirees, graduate students and their partners and spouses.
OSU has a strong institutional commitment to academics, student growth, and the development of individual responsibility. To further these goals, the university embraces the concept that catastrophic financial risks while attending the university should be minimized. OSU recommends all students maintain adequate health insurance coverage. At this time international students are required to enroll in the OSU insurance plan. OSU requires that all non-resident international students and their dependents (living in the United States) be covered by health insurance. The health insurance must meet federal, state and OSU requirements. Graduate assistants, graduate fellows, and postdoctoral scholar and fellows have a separate mandatory health insurance plan through their appointment/fellowship. Contact by phone for more information.
At the Human Services Resource Center in Avery House, low income, homeless or food-insecure students are be able to:
The International Student Support Program, which is designed to work with and complement our existing campus resources, provides 24/7 confidential remote counseling and acculturation support to international students via the use of technology. Students are able to access self-directed digital content in addition to connecting with clinical advisors who speak their language and understand their culture.
Please contact INTO Oregon State University for questions or comments.
If you need support or have questions related to unwanted sexual contact, stalking, and/or relationship violence call the IVS (Interpersonal Violence Services) helpline at 541-737-2131 during or after business hours. IVS is open Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Oregon State University aspires to be a community where the diverse life roles of students, faculty and staff are respected and nurtured. We strive to create a family-friendly environment where your work life or school life can be balanced with your personal life.
The Office of Human Resources has a website that lists all the various support services at OSU and in the nearby Corvallis community.
The responsibilities of graduate school can sometimes be overwhelming. Making mindfulness part of your routine can help reduce some of this stress and encourage a healthier, more focused you.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites all graduate students to a weekly drop-in meditation session at the Graduate Student Success Center in the Memorial Union, room 203. No sign-up is required. Drop in and de-stress!
Check the Graduate School calendar for current days and times of Mindful Grad.
The Office of Institutional Diversity oversees institutional change actions, initiatives and communications to advance diversity, equity and inclusion throughout all facets of Oregon State University.
The Office of Institutional Diversity is also responsible for coordinating the University’s response to bias incidents impacting all OSU students, staff, and faculty members. You can report a bias incident on their website.
The University Ombuds Office promotes a civil and inclusive campus community by providing informal, impartial, and confidential* conflict management services to all members of the university community.
The Craft Center provides opportunities for OSU Students to engage their hearts and minds in the pursuit of self-discovery and self-expression. We provide tools that will enhance their ability to navigate and make contributions in the real world. We recognize the importance of fostering an environment that supports people's pathway toward achieving meaningful and fulfilling lives through discovery of what is important to them and the enhancement of their experiences.
With well-equipped studios and an extensive series of workshops and classes in the handcrafted/visual arts, the Craft Center complements and augments the educational opportunities available at Oregon State University.
The greater Corvallis area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. With miles of hiking and biking trails, dog parks, and community sports and recreation leagues, you are sure to find plenty of fun. And with state and national parks, as well as the beautiful Oregon coast to engage your senses, there are outdoor adventure opportunities literally around every corner.
Through staff passion, innovation, and steadfast commitment to creating dynamic learning experiences, the Department of Recreational Sports has established itself as an essential campus partner in student wellness, a healthy campus, and the success of students and campus alike. OSU RecSports is recognized as a leader and source of best practices in the growing and evolving field of recreation. Students can also compete in more than 30 intramural sports and numerous sports clubs.
Oregon State University is committed to an environment where open, honest communications are the expectation, not the exception. We want you to feel comfortable in approaching your supervisor or management in instances where you believe violations of policies or standards have occurred.
In situations where you prefer to place an anonymous report in confidence, you are encouraged to use this hotline, hosted by a third party hotline provider, EthicsPoint. You are encouraged to submit reports relating to violations stated in our Code of Ethics, as well as asking for guidance related to policies and procedure and providing positive suggestions and stories.
SafeRide is a service dedicated to providing safe rides home or to campus safely and without judgment. SafeRide operates throughout the Corvallis and Philomath communities, and are open to all OSU students on the Corvallis campus. Before requesting a ride please review the policies, boundaries, and hours of operation.
Oregon State University students can be reassured that their health is supported by many caring staff and faculty members. In the forefront for health is Student Health Services. SHS clinicians, health educators and other highly skilled health professionals provide campuswide comprehensive primary health care, disease prevention and treatment services, and extensive health promotion for all OSU students.
Studies show that a community culture of positive mental health bolsters academic success and personal development. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides support groups for OSU graduate students on a variety of topics each term. Some topics include Parenting Support Group (with free childcare), International Students Support Group, Multiracial Student Connection, and SUCCEED Stress Management Workshop. Group counseling provides a safe and confidential place to share and explore your concerns as well as receive support from others facing a similar experience.
Check the website for what groups are happening in the current term.
The OSU Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center is a safe and confidential space for all university community members, including students, faculty and staff affected by different forms of violence.