Student wellness leads to deeper, more inspired learning. We provide students with safety, security and a sense of belonging, plus programming that supports the development of healthy physical, mental, emotional and social habits. We guide students in their self-discovery as they reach beyond themselves to create change. We work with students as they strive to find balance in their lives, connect to community and make thoughtful life choices.
Supporting Our Students

College is a time of self-discovery, new relationships and intellectual curiosity. But, for some, it can also be a time of personal crises, mental health struggles and academic difficulties. Student Care strives to alleviate these stressors by providing resources and referrals, and helping problem solve within the OSU community. Faculty, staff and families can find support and assistance for students too. Working together, Student Care, Counseling & Psychological Services, Student Health Services, academic support programs and other division units offer a myriad of resources to support students through challenges.


Fostering Health

Student Health Services helps students get well and stay well so they can focus on classes and college life, offering resources like a medical advice line, nutrition counseling and injury care. Staff are also health educators and prevention specialists providing important services through equity-focused wellness services and the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education, which provides survivor advocacy and emphasizes interpersonal violence prevention. Division partners, including Recreational Sports, work together to foster a holistic view of health that includes staying active, getting enough sleep, eating well and connecting to community. 

More Than Free Groceries: Basic Needs Center Offers Community 

At the Basic Needs Center, student leaders help their peers learn how to tackle whatever challenge they’re facing — from roommate conflicts to buying a car. The center’s professional and graduate-level staff work together with the student leaders, building relationships and helping students who are experiencing basic needs challenges understand which resources are available on and off campus, and how to navigate systems. 

Courtney Mercier, a non-degree seeking student at OSU, experienced the center as a provider and recipient of its services. As part of her dietetic internship program, she prepared cooking information and helped students learn about SNAP as a student leader in the food pantry. She also faced food insecurity herself, given the financial strains of being a student intern.

“I’m good at grocery shopping on a budget, but you can only budget so much,” she says. With the free Beaver Bags, she is able to do more fun activities and save money.

“As a student leader at the Basic Needs Center, I worked hard to help students feel like they belonged,” explains Courtney. “Being a student helping other students, I had a lot of empathy for what they were facing, and they appreciated how I shared my own food insecurity experiences with them. Our relationships were stronger and more productive as a result.”

Division Resources for Students

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The Basic Needs Center is here to support you. We provide textbook access, laptop and calculator lending and food assistance. Contact the center for peer support to help you identify and apply to resources. 


Beavers Give a Dam is an interactive bystander program to prevent sexual violence. This skill building workshop offered by the Prevention & Wellness team in Student Health Services is customizable for different communities and aims to increase participants' motivation and confidence to intervene.

Happiness and the pursuit there of are a constant source of conversation and intrigue. This short course available in Canvas uses theories within positive psychology, flourishing and mindfulness literature. There are four modules, focusing on mental health and well-being; purposeful or career well-being; mindset and personal strengths; and mindfulness meditation. 

The Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education (CAPE) cultivates a survivor-centered, trauma informed, culture of consent. We aim to create lasting social change and eliminate gender-based violence through shared goals of comprehensive sexual health education, action-oriented prevention and compassionate survivor support.

For safe, confidential advocacy services, call 541-737-2030 or schedule an appointment online. Our in-office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If calling after hours, select option 1 from the phone menu to leave a confidential voicemail, or option 2 to reach the 24/7 confidential advocacy hotline with our community partner CARDV.


Committed to improving students’ lives through counseling, resources for managing stress and improving self-esteem, and mindfulness practices, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is here to help you flourish. CAPS offers many online wellness resources and remote services, including on-going individual counseling and the Single Session Clinic for one-time appointments focused on a particular concern or problem. 


The Craft Center supports and promotes a creative outlet of expression for students and other members of the university community by providing a dynamic environment, resources and arts programs in which people can foster their own creativity. Visit our website for ways to engage. 


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.


The Family Resource Center is here to support families at the OSU Corvallis campus. We offer many online resources including information on child care subsidies, breastfeeding/lactation rooms and upcoming events.


Check out the hours for dining locations on the Corvallis campus as well as menus and special dietary information.

Students who are working toward recovery from addiction can find care in this peer support community that offers resources and support. 


OSU Assist is a multidisciplinary support team that provides compassionate mobile crisis response and wraparound services for students facing mental health challenges or experiencing other forms of distress. 

Recreational Sports runs many campus facilities — including Dixon Recreation Center, McAlexander Fieldhouse and Student Legacy Park — with a focus on involving students and increasing physical activity. 


Explore spiritual development and intersections with values, identity and purpose.

Many students face difficult times during college — unexpected life events, personal crises, mental health struggles, and academic difficulties are examples of challenges that can interfere with college success. Student Care is designed to help students learn and understand OSU policies and procedures, problem solve within the university community and access referrals for personal matters or emergencies.


Student Health Services offers a broad range of clinical and prevention services, including primary care services, wellness coaching and educational outreach. Visit our website for updates to our services and health information related to COVID-19. 


University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is committed to providing a living and dining environment that enriches your time at OSU and supports your academic pursuits.


Wellness coaches work with clients in the areas of health, fitness and wellness including physical activity, nutrition, weight management, stress and life satisfaction. A wellness coach facilitates a process, by which a person can move toward desired goals in a fulfilling manner. Schedule a remote appointment today.