Learning happens in a variety of ways. It happens in and out of the classroom. It happens in groups and one-on-one. It happens through workshops, programs and experiences. Wherever and however students learn, the many departments that make up the Office of Academic Achievement — along with other division units — are there to provide support and advocate for students.
From transitional assistance to advising to resources for underserved students, our programs work to equalize student success, helping students achieve their potential, develop well-rounded skills and complete their degrees.

Student Transitions

Change doesn't always come easy, and leaving for college is a big change. Our programs and services work to minimize the stress that comes with this transition. When a student begins at OSU, whether a first-year student or transfer student, we connect them to resources, advising, engagement opportunities and more. By facilitating smooth transitions, we help students enter their OSU journey with self-assurance and a sense of belonging, supporting both academic success and retention.

Proactive Support

We know that the college experience is different for each student, that each student forges their own unique course, that students with different backgrounds and identities can have different academic challenges and triumphs. The division is committed to building pathways to academic success for historically underrepresented groups, as well as the mentorship and guidance to follow them. We seek to equalize educational opportunities and provide each student with access to necessary assistance and resources. 

 

Academic Support

Student learning is multifaceted, so our academic support is too. Whether a student needs peer-to-peer assistance, access to additional resources, or mentorship and advising, the Division of Student Affairs is there to lend a hand. Our programming helps students build a comprehensive, practical knowledge of their coursework, so that they can reach their academic potential. We aim to help students feel supported and develop the self-efficacy and confidence to persist and complete their degrees. 

Academic Support Spotlight: Educational Opportunities Program

College can be difficult to navigate and students from underrepresented backgrounds who have traditionally been denied equal access to higher education face additional challenges. The Educational Opportunities Program helps these students feel welcome and prepared for their academic experience. From the beginning of the admission process to graduation to the job search, EOP provides the support and resources necessary to help first-generation students, students of color and low-income students succeed.

Academic Support Highlight: Undergrad Research & Writing Studio

Writing isn’t just a product; it’s also a process, and feedback during every step of the way is essential. When students go to the revamped Undergrad Research & Writing Studio, writing tutors meet them where they are and guide them while they work. The new studio model eliminates appointments and wait times, allowing students to stop by during any stage of the writing process. Students can find the Writing Studio at its new location on the Valley Library main floor.

Division Resources for Students

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Advisors are here to support you on your academic path. They are partners as you make important educational decisions, they can help you find service learning and other experiential learning opportunities, and they work to ensure you are meeting program and university graduation requirements. 

Academic learning assistants provide an array of services to support residential students in the adjustment to the academic rigors of Oregon State University. ALAs work to cultivate strong academic habits and college knowledge, promote engagement with university resources and assist students in navigating the university landscape. Services range from one-on-one meetings with students to hall-wide programming initiatives. 

Academic Learning Services offers 2-3 credit courses designed to help you acquire confidence and foundational skills necessary for success in the university environment. Earn credit toward graduation while engaging in active learning and reflection to help you on your path to a degree and post-graduation success.

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The Academic Success Center (ASC) provides support and services to help all students achieve their academic goals. ASC programs help students develop learning strategies and time management skills to excel in their coursework and stay on track to graduate.

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The Academics for Student Athletes office provides academic and personal support to all student athletes at Oregon State University. We strive to create a collaborative environment with other campus departments that will help you achieve your potential for intellectual, social and personal development. Services include sport-specific academic counselors and priority class registration for student athletes, with guidance and advising from major department advisors as well as ASA academic counselors.

 

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ASC strategists want to support you on your path to academic success. We know that OSU has a lot of resources to support students, but that sometimes it can be hard to know what you're looking for or where to find it. ASC strategists are here for walk-in consults to help you find what you need. In addition to identifying resources, strategists can help you form successful study groups, introduce learning and study tools, and assist as you get ready for midterms and finals.

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The CAMP Scholars Internship program is a collaboration between University Housing & Dining Services and the College Assistant Migrant Program. It was created to ensure that young students with a history in migrant or seasonal agricultural work develop their personal and professional potential. The program combines leadership training with hands-on and practical intern experience during the academic year.

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The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a federally-funded program designed to support students whose background includes migrant/seasonal agricultural work. The program provides financial and academic support to first-year students with the goal of preparing them for further success in college. CAMP works with faculty, student services and community-based agencies to improve educational opportunities.

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Broaden your horizons by engaging in INTO OSU's cultural exchange program. This term-long program gives domestic students and international students the chance to connect and learn about each other's cultures. Applications due by the end of week one of each term.

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Disability Access Services facilitates access to university programs and services for students with disabilities through accommodations, education, consultation and advocacy. DAS provides support to all Oregon State University students, including on- and off-campus students and students at OSU-Cascades.

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Follow these resources to request accomodations related to disability (both temporary and permanent) for housing and academics at Oregon State University.

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The Educational Opportunities Program provides a welcoming environment that supports the full development of the personal and academic potential of students who have traditionally been denied equal access to higher education. EOP services include a summer bridge program, tutoring services in the cultural resource centers and assistance through the admissions process and locating financial resources.

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The LSAMP program at Oregon State University, funded by the National Science Foundation, is dedicated to increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics baccalaureate degree programs. LSAMP also works to increase the number of students interested in and qualified for undergraduate research in graduate level studies.

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New Student Programs & Family Outreach serves as a campus leader in facilitating the transition process for new undergraduate students and families. NSPFO organizes START for first-year and transfer students, a program that provides workshops and information on campus resources and the transition to campus. This office also coordinates Welcome Week, the first week that new students join OSU, which is filled with lots of campus engagement activities. 

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This office supports international students from admissions through graduation with advising services and guidance on settling in at Oregon State. Staff are available to help you with questions and locate other services on campus, as needed.

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TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) helps first-generation college students and other students who would benefit from additional support make the transition to college. TRiO-SSS offers academic guidance, professional development, peer mentorship, technology access, student success seminars and additional services. To learn about eligibility requirements or to apply, visit the TRiO-SSS website. 

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University Exploratory Studies Program (UESP) is the academic home for students who are exploring their options before deciding on a major. UESP offers a comprehensive range of services to help students make informed decisions about their academic coursework and potential majors. UESP also serves Ecampus students.

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The Writing Center offers three programs in support of Oregon State University student writing: The Undergrad Research & Writing Studio, The Graduate Writing Center and The Online Writing Lab. Our peer writing tutors can help with all aspects of the writing process from brainstorming and organization to questions of grammar and usage. 

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