Getting Started: Degree-seeking Undergraduate Students

Welcome!
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 undergraduate 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. In general, undergraduate degree-seeking students (including postbaccalaureate students) must register for at least 6 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: Pay your Advance Tuition Deposit (ATD)

Undergraduate degree-seeking students must pay an advance tuition deposit, which confirms your intent to enroll at Oregon State. The ATD lets Oregon State plan for your enrollment, and initiates the official review or any incoming transfer credits.

When you start classes, your ATD payment is applied to your tuition charges or any other account balance you have.

Postbaccalaureate students, returning OSU degree-seeking students, international students, U.S. Armed Forces members, and U.S. Armed Forces veterans do not need to pay an ATD - see the advance tuition deposit webpage for more information.

Step 4: Review your Advanced Standing Report

Once you have paid your Advance Tuition Deposit, the Office of Admissions will send you a complete, official evaluation of all previous  course work that you have reported to Oregon State. Your Advanced Standing Report will show all previous college or university courses taken, as documented on your academic transcripts. For each course, the report will show whether Oregon State accepted the course in transfer, and if accepted, how it will be counted at Oregon State.

If you have any questions regarding your Advanced Standing Report or OSU's transfer evaluation process, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-291-4192.

The Office of Admissions will not provide an official pre-evaluation of credit before you pay your Advance Tuition Deposit.

Step 5: Complete the Ecampus online orientation

The Ecampus online orientation provides you with important information about online courses and degree programs at Oregon State, as well as the systems and services you will use during your academic career.

You must complete the online orientation before meeting with your academic advisor and registering for classes.

Ecampus students do not need to attend START, which is Oregon State's orientation program for on-campus students.

NOTE: If you are changing your major or switching from being an on-campus student to an Ecampus student, you must fill out the change of undergraduate academic program form. Please contact Ecampus if you have any questions at ecampus.ess@oregonstate.edu or 800-667-1465 (option 1).

Step 6: Complete the ALEKS math placement exam (if needed)

The ALEKS math placement exam helps your academic advisor identify the right math course for you, which will let you make progress toward your degree without wasted time or money.

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 7: Talk with your academic advisor

After you complete the Ecampus online orientation you will receive an email with more information about how to connect with your academic advisor. Your advisor will receive a notification that you have completed the online orientation.

You must have an initial advising appointment before registering for classes. 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 (select option 1).

Step 8: Register for classes

After completing the Ecampus online orientation and talking with your academic advisor, you will receive a registration PIN that enables you to register. The online orientation provides you with important information about online courses, degree programs, and student services at Oregon State.

Before you register, view the step-by-step registration guide.

Also, review information about steps to take if you need to change your registration after courses begin. 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.

Step 9: 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 10: 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 and universities. Ecampus students can order an ID card by contacting the OSU ID Center after registering for classes.

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