New Student steps   

Please follow the instructions below to prepare for class registration and term welcome week activities. 


Questions? Email: [email protected]


Not an INTO OSU student? Learn more about Orientation for directly admitted international students.

OSU 2017 Spring Orientation




What are Orientation and Welcome Week?

New Student Orientation begins in the months before the start of term. Check your email for instructions on what you should do before your arrival. You may be able to register for classes before you come to campus. See below for the first steps to take as a new OSU student. 

Welcome Week is the week before the first day of classes. You should plan on arriving at least one day before the start of Welcome Week (refer to brochure or I-20 for start date). This is a time to complete requirements, meet staff and other students, and acquaint yourself with campus. 

*COVID-19 Arrival Plans - Due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19, you may be required to quarantine yourself upon arrival to the US.  Please email [email protected] for assistance in planning your arrival to the university.  Currently all Orientation sessions will be offered online/remotely to accommodate any student who is unable to travel to campus for classes.

Preparing for Orientation

Follow the instructions sent to your personal email. They will provide a timeline of tasks to complete leading up to Welcome Week. Below are the first tasks that you can begin as soon as you receive confirmation from Oregon State University. 

1. ONID activation and email set-up

Please visit the ONID website and click on “Sign up for ONID.” ( You will be prompted to enter your personal information, as it is appears in the university’s records.

You will use your ONID username and password every day as an OSU student, so be sure to record them in a safe place. After you create a password, please enter your personal email as an alternative contact. This way, you will be able to use your personal email as a recovery method in case you cannot access your OSU account.


Next, set up your OSU student email. OSU uses Google/Gmail for student email.

Check your student email every day.

2. Immunizations

OSU asks all new students to submit their childhood vaccination records.  Your health information is confidential and will not be shared with anyone. This information is only reviewed by Health Center staff if you come to the health center for care.

If you have records of your childhood immunizations, you should submit copies of those records to OSU now. You may need to receive additional immunizations, as required by OSU. 

Please go to the Immunization office website to see required vaccinations and methods to submit your records.

If you do not have any records of immunizations you have received in the past, you have two options. 

  1. You can get a blood test, called a "titer", to show which diseases you already have immunity for. 
  2. You can get the immunizations again from your doctor or a hospital and submit proof to OSU. (You can also get the immunizations when you arrive at OSU, but this option could delay your registration.)

3. Academic requirements

All graduate students must mail in their academic documents to International Admissions before they can register for classes. For all undergraduate and Academic English students, please provide the required documents during your first term at OSU. 
  • Official Documents: Sealed official high school or university transcripts and final certificate/diploma/degree certificates.
    1. English translations of these documents must also be submitted as official documents.
  • Official TOEFL score submitted online via ETS directly to OSU (OSU College Code: 4586)
  • Official results of any other English language tests
  • Please see your confirmation letter for specific outstanding documents you need to bring with you. If you have any questions about why these documents are needed or what makes them official please contact us at [email protected].

For undergraduate students: ALEKS math placement test

All admitted undergraduate students must complete the ALEKS MATH Placement Assessment as soon as possible. 

This math placement test can take 2 to 3 hours in total.

Visit the OSU MATH PLACEMENT  link for instructions on how to take the ALEKS test. You can retake the test if you are unhappy with your score. 

4. Canvas online course

All tasks will be explained in further detail via email and in your canvas online orientation course. You will receive an email invitation to join our International Student Orientation course on the Canvaswebsite. Complete all tasks assigned in the canvas course and use it as a resource for your arrival, welcome week schedule, and opportunities to connect at OSU. 

The canvas online course prepares students for early registration (before Welcome Week). Please try to complete all tasks in canvas by the provided deadlines in the course calendar. 

You will have access to the canvas course in the weeks before the start of term.

For more information now, please email [email protected].


To prepare for your visa interview and arrival to the US, visit 

Coming to the US


To learn about Welcome Week activities before classes begin, visit

Welcome Week

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you a student leader that would like to help welcome new students to OSU? Email [email protected] for more information on future volunteer opportunities at International Student Orientation or visit the Volunteer page for to view all volunteer opportunities with INTO OSU.