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Resources for academic success

Resources for academic success

Oregon State University and the College of Science offer students diverse forms of academic support (scholarships, mentoring), community (Science Success Center) as well as exciting experiential learning opportunities on campus, across the country, and around the world (internships, research, international study). Simply by planning ahead, you can incorporate many of these life-changing opportunities into your college experience. Below are resources to help you make the most of your experience at Oregon State.

Faculty Student Mentor Program

Do you seek guidance and conversations with faculty and student mentors as you navigate your first year in college? Do you have questions about academics, campus culture and life in general?

An exciting faculty-student mentor program, launched in 2018, pairs first-year students with faculty and student mentors. Taking its inspiration from studies that show significant gains in retention and graduation rates due to timely and effective mentoring relationships, the FMSP program focuses on developing stronger relationships between students and faculty to help students cope and thrive in the midst of transformative changes during their first year away from home.

Several science and mathematics faculty are actively involved as mentors in teams that consist of one faculty, one peer mentor and five students. Teams meet for one hour every other week during Fall, Winter and Spring terms during students' first year at OSU. The program is led by College of Science Dean Roy Haggerty and Dan Larson, interim vice provost for student affairs.

Open to underrepresented minority students, first-generation and Pell-eligible students who are in their first-year at OSU (both traditional and transfer).

Learn more about the Faculty Student Mentor Program.

Science Success Center

The Science Success Center is a welcoming place with free coffee, printing and a beautiful, bright and airy lounge for science students to study, seek academic support and destress. Peer mentors and science advisors are available to answer any and all questions related to your major and OSU.

Scholarship Information

You can submit ONE application to be considered for more than 250 merit and aid-based scholarships in the College of Science. Its that simple! Learn more about applying for scholarships.

Study Abroad and International Programs

Find a Study Abroad or International Program that fits your academic and professional interests. These experiences offer intensive cultural and linguistic immersion, career-enhancing and stimulating educational opportunities.

Internships and Research Opportunities

Programs like Integrated Professional Development and the SURE Science scholarship help science students identify and secure paid laboratory research and internship positions to enhance their scientific and professional training and development.

Oregon Community College Transfer Guides

Please browse the community college and area of major to view the list of courses that relate to OSU requirements. These guides are subject to change without notice so please consult an OSU academic advisor as early as possible to facilitate the transfer process for you.

Please contact our Transfer Advisor, Melissa Lee, at Melissa.Lee@oregonstate.edu for the most up-to-date information.

Supplemental Instruction Program

The Supplemental Instruction (SI) program offers peer-led, group study tables for challenging courses such as principles of biology, differential calculus, general physics and others. The program will give you extra time outside of class to study in a comfortable, small-group setting.

At study tables, you can ask questions, work with peers to answer questions and solve problems, and engage in structured activities that promote learning. Your SI Leader attends all the lectures and understands the course's challenges, so they are well-prepared to help you figure out study skills and success strategies that will work for you. SI data show that students who participate in study tables at least four times or more per time, on average, receive final grades one-third to one-half a grade higher than students who do not participate.

To sign up for SI registration, contact SI coordinators. Explore more information about Supplemental Instruction at OSU.

First-Year Experience

New Student Programs and Family Outreach serves as a campus leader in facilitating the transition process for new undergraduate students and their parent/family members.