OSU Parents and Family Members

We hope you will find this e-newsletter helpful and resourceful. Our goal is to provide parents and family members with information about the transfer student experience and how you can best support your student during their first year at OSU. 
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A Message from New Student Programs & Family Outreach (NSPFO)
Hello! We hope that this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the last couple of days that you have with your student before they head off to Oregon State! As you and your student are preparing for the beginning of fall term, we want to cordially invite you to the Parent & Family Welcome Reception. 
Parent & Family Welcome Reception
Sunday, September 22nd, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Reser Stadium, Club Level 
Come join NSPFO and OSU staff to connect and relax after move-in. This is a free event for all incoming students' parents and family members to celebrate the beginning of a fantastic year. Light beverages and snacks will be served and parents will have the chance to get to know OSU staff and have any last minute questions answered. Please see the RSVP link above to sign up to attend. We hope to see you there! 

Welcome Week 2019

Welcome Week takes place from September 22 — 29th. Students are receiving information about the week's schedule as well as helpful tools for the first week of classes. We encourage students to download the OSU Mobile App to check out all of the events taking place during the week.

For parents and family members, we encourage you to tune in to New Student Convocation on Tuesday, September 24th. Students will be participating in their official academic welcome where they will hear from University leadership including President Ed Ray and Provost Ed Feser,  as well as our keynote speaker, Dr. David Hurwitz

The live feed will be available starting at 3:30 p.m. PST on Tuesday, September 24th. You can click the, "join us" button below or find the video over at
Join us!
Have a student living off campus?

Join in the festivities on Saturday, September 21st for the Good Neighbor Day Block Party from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center!

AND...encourage them to attend the Off-Campus Living and Transfer Student Meetup on Sunday, September 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. 

Subscribe to Safety Alerts: Oregon State Offers Text Alerts to Emergency Contacts

As an emergency contact of an Oregon State University student, we know that timely information on campus emergencies and warning notifications is important to you. In our ongoing efforts to provide effective communications, we now offer the opportunity to receive safety text alerts from OSU to your mobile phone.

Signing up is easy. Text OSUalert (all one word, not case sensitive) to 67283. You will receive a welcome message and be signed up for these alerts moving forward. You also will learn how to opt out of future messages should you choose to do so at any time.

Please note that by registering via text you will receive updates on all Oregon State campuses and locations. Each alert will clearly state the location of the incident. Students may register you or other emergency contacts for alerts tailored to their campus location by visiting, clicking on OSU Alerts and then logging into the OSU Alert Portal to enter your contact information.

For questions regarding the RAVE alert system, you may contact Chief of Public Safety Suzy Tannenbaum at

Dan Larson 
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Suzy Tannenbaum
Chief of Public Safety 
Vaccinate before it's too late! 
Brittney Holcomb, Immunization Program Manager, Student Health Services
Immunizations offer safe and effective protection from vaccine-preventable diseases and safeguard the health of our students and the community. Our goal is to help students stay well so they can stay in class and be successful! OSU’s policy of required immunizations helps us with that goal.

Required immunizations include:
  • Meningococcal (MCV4): 1 dose for all students under age 22, received on or after turning age 16
  • Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (Tdap): 1 dose within the last 10 years
  • Hepatitis B: 3 doses
  • Varicella (Chickenpox): 2 doses or the date of the disease
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR): 2 doses
Though not required, we also highly recommend the Meningococcal B vaccination and an annual flu shot.
Students are encouraged to satisfy their immunization requirements and complete the required health history form as soon as possible. Vaccinations are available at Student Health Services, the OSU pharmacy in Plageman Building, and through many community healthcare providers. Official documentation may be submitted in person, through US mail, or online via our secure patient portal at 

For more information, visit:
Transportation Tips
Sarah Bronstein and Danielle Franklin, Transportation Services

Insider Tip:

Looking to find out what your student's on-campus mailing address is?

Students are currently receiving information regarding move-in via mail from University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS). This mailer includes expectations for move-in day as well as their mailing address. 

If your student does not have a on-campus mailbox address included in their move-in guide, please refer to their MyUHDS portal for more information. 

Important Dates:

Sunday Sept. 22 - 29: Welcome Week

Sunday Sept. 22: New Student Move-In

Wednesday Sept. 25: First Day of Classes

Sunday Oct. 6: Fall Term Bill Available 

For more dates, see our academic calendar

Copyright © 2019. New Student Programs & Family Outreach, Oregon State University.
All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
New Student Programs & Family Outreach
1500 SW Jefferson Street
Oregon State University 
B122 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, OR 97330

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