Let’s get you started as a graduate student
Please accept our sincerest congratulations on your acceptance as a graduate student at Oregon State University! We are excited to have you join us.
We created this guide to help you transition to graduate studies at Oregon State. On these pages you’ll find information about accepting your offer of admission, getting acquainted with campus, preparing to begin your course work, and more. Your academic program will also provide you with information specific to your field of study.
You've been admitted, now what? Here are some items you will need to take care of before the start of the term. Make sure to check with your own program as well to see if they have additional tasks for you.
No matter what term you are admitted, Grad Welcome Week and orientation is available to all new students. If you don't want to wait, or live remotely, watch our recorded sessions.
Graduate school is demanding and self-care is especially important. Oregon State offers gym memberships, counseling services, meditation groups and other ways to support your wellbeing. Student groups and cultural resource centers provide community and a sense of belonging. Not all services are available at all Oregon State locations.
International students have special arrival paperwork to complete. Be sure to check with the Office of International Services (OIS) for international student arrival information.
Are you looking for ways to get involved, information about housing, things to do on- and off-campus, resources for you and your family, and more? Check out our resource page for your campus to guide you to the right support.
The Family Resource Center supports personal growth and the success of the whole person by providing quality programming and services to all OSU families with dependent care needs.
Completing your graduate degree has unique milestones and paperwork requirements. This section lays out the requirements and deadlines. A happy graduate student is an informed graduate student.
Be sure to review your acceptance letter and submit any additional documents requested including your official transcripts. You may not be able to register until your materials are submitted. Make sure to check with your own program see if they have additional tasks for you.
The Graduate School emails you an Intent to Enroll Survey asking if you plan to accept your offer and enroll at Oregon State. A link to the survey is also inside the online application.
Graduate students have several options for financial support in graduate school, including scholarships, fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, awards, student jobs, and student loans.
Your success at obtaining funding can depend on your ability to meet deadlines and fill out applications correctly. Visit the funding section of our website to learn more or watch this video to get an overview.
To find out how much each credit costs and other fees, visit the Tuition and Fee Schedules.
OSU Network Identification (ONID) is a universal computer account available to all Oregon State students. Your ONID username and password gives you access to university technology services and a variety of other resources. ONID also gives you an Oregon State Gmail account. Oregon State requires you communicate via your ONID email.
Make sure you know your ID number and go ahead and sign up for your ONID account
Students’ ONID email are hosted at Google Apps for Oregon State, and all email sent to your ONID email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) is delivered to Gmail. Google Apps also gives you access to Google Drive, Calendar and other features.
MyOSU is a central hub for your student information and resources. You can register for classes, view your bill, check grades, look up classes, and more with MyOSU.
The Graduate School does not endorse any specific housing resources, but here are some places to check:
Graduate Assistants with an appointment 0.30 to 0.49 FTE, who are represented by the Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) union, are eligible for this mandatory insurance benefit. Check the Human Resources website for deadlines and more information.
All international students who are registered for a minimum of one (1) on-campus credit are required to enroll in the OSU Student Health Insurance plan. You will be automatically enrolled and charged for this plan. If you have any dependents in your household who are eligible for coverage under the plan, they have the option to enroll.
Have you received all of your shots so you fulfill the State of Oregon's immunization requirements? Make sure to have all of your vaccination records up to date by checking the required list.
Please follow your program's advice and schedule for when to register. Some programs work with you to sign up for classes closer to the start of the term. If you still need to submit your final official transcript to us with your degree awarded, that’s okay; registration will stay open for you all the way until after fall term starts. You'll need an ONID account to register.
The Graduate School welcomes all new graduate students to attend a university-wide graduate orientation and resource fair, designed to ease your transition into graduate school. Orientation occurs every fall term. At this event, you'll learn about academic and professional expectations of graduate students, resources on and off campus, meet peers and begin to create long-lasting connections. Attend in person or view all of our orientation videos online. For students that are starting in the spring, winter, or summer terms, please feel free to watch the videos from the most previous orientation and attend the following fall's orientation.
Online students should complete the Ecampus orientation for graduate students.
We will email you an invitation to Orientation and Grad Welcome Week.
Grad Welcome Week also includes Library Day where you will learn about the many resources the OSU Libraries have to offer including study space, laptop loan program, media equipment checkout and much more.
For those who are becoming teaching assistants, we offer GTA Orientation Day brining you need-to-know information as you enter the classroom.
Your OSU ID Card is your pathway to numerous OSU services. Once you arrive on campus, stop by the OSU ID Center and be prepared to have your picture taken or upload your picture online first.
Check your grades, find places to eat and get bus schedules with the OSU Mobile app. Available for iOS and Android.
Sign up to get OSU alerts from Public Safety on your phone. Learn how to report emergencies and find other safety resources.