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.

Where can my student go for help with classes?

There are a variety of options your student can seek out to get assistance with classes. Often times it is best for them to talk with their academic advisor, academic learning assistant (ALA), Residence Hall Director (RD), professor or other campus mentor to identify the best resources for them. Here are a few commonly used academic support resources:

  • Academic Success Center (first floor, Waldo Hall, 541-737-2272)
  • Writing Center (123 Waldo Hall, 541-737-5640)
  • Math Learning Center (108 Kidder Hall, 541-737-4946)
  • Professors' Office Hours (available on course syllabi)

What specific programs are there for parents of OSU students?

The Memorial Union Program Council hosts Dads and Family Weekend in the Fall term which features more than 30 activities, including comedy shows, golf tournaments, campus tours, craft center workhops and a football tailgater. Moms Weekend and Family is in the Spring and has everything from arts and crafts fairs, to comedy and talent shows, to wine tasting. For more information about these events please contact the Memorial Union Program Council website.

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.

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. 

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.

What is a typical first-term schedule?

Generally a full-time first year students enroll in 12-15 credit hours (usually four to five courses). Most lower division courses require 2-3 hours of work outside the classroom for every hour in it. So a student taking 12 credits should expect to do about 24 hours a week of reading, homework assignments, preparing for tests, writing papers, etc. Students must average 45 credits a year to graduate in 4 years.

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.

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.

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.