Getting Started: Degree-seeking Graduate Students
This is a step-by-step guide for newly admitted online students at Oregon State University who are ready to start taking courses. This guide is for degree-seeking graduate students.
Not admitted yet? Please visit our "ready-to-apply" information page for application procedures and requirements.
Step 1: Set up your ONID (OSU Network ID)
An ONID account is required to register for classes, access course sites, and receive a university email address. Please note: If you're a former student who is returning to Oregon State, you will need to reactivate your ONID account.
Your ONID email is your official Oregon State email. It is hosted by Google, and is accessed from the Google Apps Login Portal. Billing notifications and all other Oregon State communications will be sent there. You must check your ONID email regularly by logging in to the OSU Google Mail application.
Please review these detailed ONID sign-up instructions.
Step 2: Apply for financial aid
The Oregon State Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage has detailed information about financial aid. The Graduate School also has information about financing your education. In general, degree-seeking graduate students must register for at least 5 credits per term to be eligible for financial aid.
If you wish to be considered for financial aid, you must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list Oregon State as your school choice. You will need to fill out a FAFSA every year.
Apply for financial aid as soon as possible - ideally, at the same time you apply for admission to Oregon State.
International students are not eligible for U.S. federal financial aid. However, Oregon State administers several scholarship and tuition remission programs for international students. For more information, contact International Student Advising and Services.
Step 3: Grad school resources and Ecampus online orientation
Begin by completing the Ecampus online orientation for graduate students. It provides students with important information about learning online at Oregon State, as well as systems and services you can use during your academic career.
You will also want to get in touch with the Graduate School. It is advised to review the Resources for Newly Admitted Students, and contact the graduate school directly with any questions about your program. For general questions, please call the Ecampus Student Services Center at 800-667-1465, option 1.
Consider registering for Grad Welcome Week. Grad Welcome Week is Oregon State's welcome and orientation event for new graduate students. Some of sessions will be available through streaming video.
Step 4: Talk with your academic advisor
Contact your academic program if you're not sure who your academic advisor is.
Your academic advisor will help you develop a plan for completing your degree. We want you to be successful at Oregon State, and talking with your advisor before you start your first class will help ensure your success.
Before talking with your advisor, it is a good idea to look at the Ecampus Schedule of Classes and make a note of any courses that especially interest you.
If you need help contacting your academic advisor, please call the Ecampus Student Services Center at 800-667-1465.
Step 5: Register for classes
Also, review information about changing your registration later. You must change your registration before taking new classes or stopping participation in a class. Changes to registration can affect financial aid awards and eligibility.
Step 6: Tuition, fees, and billing
Review our tuition and fee information to ensure you understand the cost of courses.
All Oregon State bills are sent electronically. Detailed billing information is available from Business Affairs.
You can view and pay your bill online.
Step 7: Order an OSU ID Card (optional)
Students taking only online courses are not required to have an OSU ID card. However, having a card could be useful for receiving student discounts or accessing some facilities if you visit the campus in Corvallis. ID cards can also sometimes be used at other colleges or universities. Ecampus students can order an ID card by contacting the OSU ID Center after registering for classes.