Please refer to this web page for information to help you prepare for your studies at Oregon State University.  We look forward to meeting you when you arrive on campus.

Fall 2020 Orientation

Pre-Departure Checklist     Arrival Dates

  Upcoming Orientation Dates

Start dates/times are listed below.  Once Orientation begins, you can expect to be busy with activities every business day leading up to the first day of classes.  You should not schedule other appointments during Orientation as most sessions are mandatory to attend.


  • Day: Fall Move-In - Check with INTO OSU Housing due to COVID-19
  • Location: Your assigned UHDS Service Center
  • Who: Only students with on-campus housing reservations


  • Day:
    • Pathway Programs (Undergraduate, IYO, UGPW, UTP, GPW): September 16, 2020
    • Academic English Program (AE, SAWE 1 & 2, VISP) : September 16, 2020
  • Check-In Time: 8:30 AM PDT
  • Duration: Orientation lasts until the official first day of classes with optional activities during the weekend.
  • Location: Online via Canvas and Zoom. In-person activities are TBD.
  • Who: All new students for INTO OSU Academic Programs.

  On-Campus Move-In Locations

When you take the free shuttle service to campus a staff member will meet you and assist you in the housing check-in process.  If traveling to campus on your own, you can check-in to your room at the following locations.

Arnold Service Center

  • Key pick up for ILLC, Bloss Hall, Finley Hall and Halsell Hall

McNary Service Center

  • Key pick up for McNary Hall, Callahan Hall, Wilson Hall, Tebeau Hall 

West Service Center

  • Key pick up for West Hall, Sacket Hall, Poling Hall, Cauthorn Hall, Hawley Hall, Buxton Hall, Weatherford Hall

Pre-Departure Checklist

Complete all items below to be ready for new student orientation and class registration.

  Pay your SEVIS fee.

You must pay your SEVIS I-901 fee before you go to your visa interview.
How to pay your SEVIS fee

  Make your visa interview appointment.

Find a US embassy/consulate near you. Not sure what documents to bring? View a helpful checklist.

  Set up your ONID account.

Read the instructions on how to set up your ONID account.  Your ONID account is your Oregon State Univisersity email and online login.  This will get you access to all of Oregon State's online applications such as the on-campus housing application.

  Send in your Medical History.

Complete your health history form online at the Patient Portal.
If you are unable to email the form before you arrive, please bring a
completed form with you to the US. Download the form.
Visit the OSU Immunization website for immunization requirements.

Read more about the required health insurance. We highly recommend you bring a copy of your immunization documents. If you are currently taking prescribed medications or receiving treatments, please bring your medical documents. The documents need to be in English.

  Prepare your academic credentials.

Please be sure to bring the following documents with you on the plane and to the first day of your INTO OSU program:

  • Official, sealed academic transcripts and examination scores, including graduation certificate or diploma. (Official means original documents which are certified by a school official, sealed in an envelope and issued by the institution attended and/or government body.)
  • Certified English translations of your non-English credentials

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 still needed or what makes them official please contact us at intladmit@oregonstate.edu.


  Confirm your housing arrangements.

If you have not already arranged your housing in Corvallis, then visit the INTO OSU website for information about on-campus accommodation.


  Submit your arrival info and confirm your free shuttle service.

Submit your Arrival Info so we know when you'll be traveling to Oregon.  Check the dates at the top of this page to learn more about move in days and when greeters will be available at the airport.  A free shuttle is offered to new students only.  The shuttle ticket is reserved through a company called Groome Transportation.  The shuttle picks up from the shuttle information booth at Portland International Airport (PDX).  Follow signs to "ground transportation."  There is no shuttle available from the Eugene Airport.

If your flight is delayed and you miss your scheduled shuttle, show your ticket to get on the next shuttle - please do your best to inform us of your delay if possible.  A new shuttle leaves from PDX every hour (shuttles run from 4:00AM to 12:45AM).

When arriving at the Portland International Airport (PDX):

  • Go to Baggage Claim #9.
  • If an Airport Greeter is working, they will meet you here (only available during peak arrival days/times)
  • Locate the shuttle information booth outside of Baggage Claim #9.
  • Use your Airport Shuttle Ticket Reservation to board the Shuttle.

Submit your arrival information at least 72 hours in advance to ensure your Airport Shuttle is reserved.  If you won't be utilizing the shuttle you still need to submit your arrival information as far in advance as possble. For more information about the airport, watch the below video featuring Ground Transportation options leaving PDX.


  Submit your photo for your new student ID.

Submit a passport photo (or other photo that meets submission guidelines) before you arrive so that we can get your ID card ready. If you live on campus, your card will be ready when you check-in. If you live off-campus, you can pick your card up at the ID Card Center in the Memorial Union during Orientation. You must set up your ONID Email in order to submit your photo.


  Check out our welcome guide.

Prepare for living and studying in the US with our essential guide for all OSU international students. It includes information such as:


  Are you a parent of a new student?

Learn more about our program in the Parent's Guide to Studying Abroad

  Have questions? Need help or accommodations?

Email us: intl.orientation@oregonstate.edu

Please be sure to include your full name and OSU ID number listed on your admissions letter.  Anyone traveling with special needs, such as a disability or a medical condition, should contact the orientation team as early as possible with accommodation requests.  The INTO OSU Student Services team is happy to help you work with OSU Student Health Services and Disability Access Services to help meet your needs.