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Welcome from the Graduate School

Congratulations on your acceptance to Oregon State! We want to take a minute to introduce ourselves and give you the information you need to become part of Oregon State.

In addition to this email, please take the time to read our New Graduate Student webpage.

OSU operations during COVID

Oregon State University is continuing the essential activities of teaching and research while continuing to engage in global efforts to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19.

Please familiarize yourself with OSU's physical distancing policy, face coverings policy, and vaccine requirements. Visit the OSU COVID website to learn more. Find the OSU vaccination requirement information here. Students must comply with this requirement by Sept. 15, 2021.

We continue to monitor the pandemic situation closely and provide information on the university and Graduate School websites.

What is the Graduate School?

The Graduate School plays a vital role in your academic career. We act as an umbrella organization overseeing graduate programs at Oregon State. We track your degree progress and ensure you meet all degree requirements before graduating.

In addition to our administrative functions, our student success team hosts events and professional development opportunities, including Grad Welcome Week and orientation, leadership opportunities like our student advisory committee, financial opportunities to support your degree completion, Grad Appreciation Week and more. Check out what we have to offer.

If you ever need help during your graduate career, please reach out to our office by calling us at 1-541-737-4881 or emailing graduate.school@oregonstate.edu.

New Student Raffle

Enter the raffle by telling us a little bit about yourself and why you chose Oregon State. First 50 entries to the raffle receive a goodie bag from the Graduate School.

Register for Classes

Talk to your program about which classes to take and when to register. Registration stays open even after the term starts in case you are waiting for official transcripts. You'll need an ONID account to register. Visit the Registrar's website to learn how to register.

Graduate School Orientation

The Graduate School hosts Grad Welcome Week for all students a week before school starts in fall term. Students starting in other terms are invited to participate, and you can attend many of the sessions online. Grad Welcome Week includes the Graduate School orientation, a virtual resource fair, library day and GTA training. Your program might also have orientation events around this time. Check our video page for recordings from orientation.

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Oregon State has immunization requirements for domestic and international students. Please review the immunizations you are required to have. Find OSU COVID-19 vaccine requirement information here.

Student Health Services trainings

As a graduate student, you are required to take the Voices for Change: Consent and Creating Inclusive Communities trainings. You will receive an email invitation with links to the trainings. Visit the SHS required online programs webpage for more information.

Health insurance

Domestic students are not required to have health insurance to attend OSU-Cascades. However, our university encourages students to have health insurance so that students can live their healthiest lives. Oregon State offers a health insurance policy through PacificSource for students and their family members.

If you’ve secured an assistantship and/or you are an international student, you will need to contact human resources to discuss which health insurance option is best for you. All graduate assistants are required to have some form of health insurance, and international students are required to have OSU insurance. Learn more about insurance:

Other services

If you have a documented need/accommodation that should be recognized by the university, visit Disability Access Services (DAS).

Active duty service members and veterans should connect with Military and Veteran Resources to learn about any benefits.

Get all this information and more from our new student guide and admitted student checklist.

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