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Hi [First Name],

As you prepare to make the transition to your graduate career, we at the Graduate School wanted to send you a few reminders that we hope will help. Please reach out to our office if you have questions or concerns at graduate.school@oregonstate.edu.

In this email:
  • Orientation
  • New Graduate Student Guide
  • New Student Raffle
  • Health precautions
  • Connect with us
  • Required paperwork
  • Important dates


New Graduate Student orientation, along with all Grad Welcome Week activities, is a highlight of our year. It is an important step to help incoming students learn about Oregon State and what to expect as you continue your academic journey with us. Please join us for orientation on Sept. 12 and for other Grad Welcome Week events. We post the full description and agendas on the Grad Welcome Week website as we get closer to fall term. Once the agenda are finalized, we will send you an invitation email with all of the details.

New Graduate Student Guide

Visit the New Graduate Student Guide if you haven't already. It has a checklist of to-do’s you can start checking off your list before beginning school.

New Student Raffle

Enter the raffle by telling us a little bit about yourself and why you chose Oregon State. First 25 entries to the raffle receive a goodie bag from the Graduate School.

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 COVID policies. Visit the OSU COVID website to learn more. Find the OSU vaccination requirement information here.

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

Connect with us

Join the graduate community at OSU by following the Graduate School. We post timely information and stories about our amazing students, faculty, and university.

Required paperwork


Oregon State has immunization requirements for domestic and international students. Please review the immunizations you are required to have.

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 and other services

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: 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.

Campus map and OSU Mobile

To find your way around campus check out the campus map or use OSU Mobile, the iOS and Android app for OSU. The OSU Mobile app also shows you when dining halls and cafes are open. Handy!

ID Card, Email, and MyOregonState

Visit the ID Center in the Memorial Union to receive your student ID card. You can also request one online. Your ID card is necessary to make use of various Oregon State services. 

Sign up for ONID. Your ONID account lets you sign into online services at Oregon State like Canvas and your OSU Gmail account. Plus, you will need it to register for classes.

MyOregonState is a student dashboard giving you easy access to resources from across OSU (ONID required).

Public safety

Learn how to enroll in OSU Alerts so you will be notified in the event of an emergency.

Important Dates

May 15
Registration for classes opens. 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.

September 12–14
A week before school starts is Grad Welcome Week, a series of activities to get your graduate experience started off right. You will receive an invitation in the summer to attend. Grad Welcome Week includes orientation, library day and GTA training. Your program might also have orientation events around this time.

September 21
Classes begin. Find the complete academic calendar here.