Getting Started: Nondegree Students
This is a helpful guide for newly admitted online students at Oregon State University who are ready to start taking courses. This guide is for nondegree students.
Not admitted? Please visit our "ready-to-apply" information page for application procedures and requirements for OSU.
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. Under the Helpful Links section, select Login for former employee/student.
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: Complete the Ecampus Online Orientation for Nondegree Students to receive a registration PIN number
The Ecampus Online Orientation for Nondegree Students provides you with important information about online courses at Oregon State as well as systems and services that support nondegree students.
Completing the online orientation is required to receive a registration PIN number, which you will need to register for classes at Oregon State. You must complete the online orientation before registering for classes.
Ecampus students do not need to attend START, which is Oregon State's orientation program for on-campus students.
Step 3: Complete the ALEKS math placement exam (if needed)
The ALEKS math placement exam helps identify the right math course for you. ALEKS scores can serve as prerequisites for math courses.
All first-year students must take the math placement exam.
All transfer students must take the math placement exam, unless you have earned a C- or better in a college-level math course from another college or university, or from a AP, CLEP, or IB exam.
A college-level math course is defined as college algebra (MTH 111) or higher.
If it has been more than a year since your last math course, taking the ALEKS math placement exam is strongly recommended. Taking the exam will allow you to access tutoring modules that are a great refresher before taking your next math course.
Step 4: Register for classes
Completing the Ecampus Orientation for Nondegree Students is required before registering.
Other registration-related topics on the Ecampus website include:
- Academic calendar
- Registration dates
- Schedule of classes
- Grading options
- Exams and proctoring
- OSU Beaver Store
Also, review information about steps to take to change your registration later. Specific policies and procedures govern adding and dropping courses, refunds after the start of the term, late registration, and course withdraws. Changes to registration can affect financial aid awards and eligibility.
Ready to register now? Go to MyOSU to get started.