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Ecampus growth fuels enrollment increase at OSU  October 4th, 2013

[October 2, 2013 — OSU News and Communications ]

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Classes began this week at Oregon State University, and campus officials say they expect about 24,600 students on the main campus in Corvallis this fall.

Another 3,420 students are expected to enroll at OSU through Ecampus, the university’s distance learning program, which has fueled much of the institution’s enrollment growth over the past two to three years. The number of Ecampus students is up an estimated 24 percent over last year.

Overall, Oregon State expects to serve more than 28,000 students this fall term – an all-time record. An additional 900 students are expected to enroll at the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend. Final enrollment numbers will be available from the Oregon University System at the end of the fourth week of fall term.

Although OSU’s overall growth is significant, a smaller increase is projected on the Corvallis campus – part of an enrollment management strategy, according to university officials.

“Our growth this year is right in line with the university’s plan to strategically manage enrollment,” said Kate Peterson, OSU’s assistant provost for enrollment management. “We want to continue to be accessible to Oregonians, increase our international enrollment and become even more diverse, yet moderate the growth on our Corvallis campus.”

Lisa Templeton, executive director of Ecampus, said the increase in distance learning students continues a trend that has seen rapid growth for several years. OSU has been cited as one of the nation’s top 25 online universities for four consecutive years.

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Video: KEZI – OSU Move-In Day  October 4th, 2013

View the video at the source: KEZI TV, September 24, 2013.


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Tuesday is move-in day for students at Oregon State University, and now that incoming freshmen are required to live on campus, the big day could be more hectic than in years past.

A total of 4,700 students will be moving into the residence halls on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the busiest period will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be more than 500 volunteers to help parents and students navigate around campus. Brian Stroup, the university’s assistant director of operations and services, says the volunteers will help make the moving process easier for students and parents alike.

“There’s a welcome and greeter role and unloading vehicles is the other role, so really helping to get cars unloaded and moved and just being a smiling face for families and parents and students,” says Stroup.

Students can also look forward to Picnic Day, which 5,000 people are expected to attend. The Beavers will also be playing a home game on Saturday, adding to the list of fun activities.

Check-in starts bright and early at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Orientation will start later this week.

Video: KVAL – Beavers busy moving into dorms at Oregon State  October 4th, 2013

View the video at the source: KVAL TV, September 24, 2013.


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State welcomed students to campus Tuesday.

Daily Barometer: First-Year Experience Begins  October 4th, 2013

[September 25, 2013 — The Daily Barometer] — The 2013-2014 school year will be the first year of the First-Year Experience, an initiative to improve retention, graduation rates

This term marks the debut of the First-Year Experience, a program designed to improve the college experience for students. It requires that freshman, with some exceptions, live on campus, and provides support for freshmen transitioning to life at Oregon State University.

“Our overarching goal for the First-Year Experience is to improve the success rates of students at OSU during the first year and through to graduation,” Associate Provost for Academic Success and Achievement Susie Brubaker-Cole wrote in an email.

Brubaker-Cole served as co-chair of the First-Year Experience Task Force and will be responsible for coordinating how the task force’s recommendations are carried out during the next few years.

Supporting students’ transition from high school to college, academic success, and campus involvement will be the emphases of the program, Brubaker-Cole wrote.

“National research on undergraduate education demonstrates that establishing a solid foundation through enhancements to the first year bolsters student success throughout students’ undergraduate career,” Brubaker-Cole wrote.

University Housing and Dining Services has worked to create new curriculum to help students transition to university life and added transition programs at the end of the year that teach students to live on their own, including how to sign a lease, said Ann Marie Klotz, associate director of UHDS.

Read the full article by McKinley Smith.

Read about everything a freshmen needs to know in the “OSU 101” section from The Daily Barometer

Corvallis Gazette-Times: OSU students move into dorms ahead of next week’s start of fall classes  October 3rd, 2013

[Septermber 25, 2013 — Corvallis Gazette-Times] – People carrying boxes, bags and the occasional couch into dormitories were a common sight Tuesday during the first of Oregon State University’s two official move-in days.

Approximately 3,750 students began the move — which continues today — and university officials estimate that between family and friends helping students move, an extra 5,000 people will be on campus both days.

Nearly 4,700 students will be living on campus this year, but about 20 percent of those students arrived early for various reasons, including those who had to take international flights.

A new policy taking effect this year requires freshmen to live on campus unless they can obtain an exemption, which is offered for reasons including being married, owning a residence, being a parent or living in an approved sorority, fraternity or co-operative house. Students from addresses within 30 miles of campus also can get an exemption to live at home.


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Life @ OSU: First year experience provides consistent curriculum in residence halls  October 3rd, 2013

[September 27, 2013 — Life@OSU] — Until Sept. 24, Josh Bowen and Steven Ruzicka had never met in person. Josh lives in Yucaipa, Calif., and Steven is from Issaquah, Wash. But a mere 1,200 miles is nothing in the age of social media, so the new roommates had plenty of time for Facebook exchanges before they stood face to face in their door room in Wilson Hall.

Although both Josh and Steven say they would probably have chosen to live on campus anyway, this is the first year that true freshmen, that is, those just arriving from high school, are required to live on campus at Oregon State University.

Josh’s mom, Beverley Bowen, is pleased that her son will be in a residence hall during his first year.

“I worry about him less,” she said. Instead of focusing on the trials and tribulations of apartment life, Josh will be able to focus more on his studies, and given his science-heavy first term, the computer and electrical engineering student will need all the help he can get.

Read the full article here.

Opening week Twitter coverage  October 3rd, 2013

Check out the opening week coverage by the UHDS Twitter account. View the full Twitter feed here.


Photos: Opening week Instagram coverage  October 3rd, 2013

Check out opening week coverage by the new UHDS Instagram page! View all of the photos here.


Campus Living: Week 1  October 3rd, 2013

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Check out the latest issue of the Campus Living eNewsletter. This issue contains a new video by this year’s Community Relations Facilitators, information regarding navigating the construction on campus safely, information about upcoming RecSports events, and much more.

Act now! Reserve your parking in new resident lots  October 3rd, 2013

R graphicBeginning Sept. 30, current University Housing & Dining Services residents have the chance to designate their parking permit as a “Resident” permit with UHDS and Transit & Parking Services (TAPS).

Spaces in three newly designated “R” lots near residence hall communities will only be available to the first 400 residents that purchase OSU parking permits and present proof of purchase at the UHDS Central Office.

Only 400 permits will be approved to ensure that students have full-time access to the 400 resident-only parking spaces at three newly designated “R” lots located near OSU residential complexes on  the east, west and south side of campus.

Residents that purchase “R” parking permits and use these parking lot locations will receive a one-time $50 dining card useable in all UHDS dining facilities.

Users of these lots will not be required to move their vehicles for OSU athletic events. Once a permit is designated with an “R” it can only be used in “R” lots during campus hours.


Find more information on the new resident lots and how to purchase a pass here.