If you have any questions or concerns about the program or you would like to request accommodations, please contact the Program Coordinator Caitlin McVay at
New to OSU Student Application
Your first year at Oregon State University can be intimidating. Join Beaver Connect to start building your network of support and ease this transition. Whether you are a new first year student or transferring from another college, Beaver Connect will support you through your first year at OSU. This application is for:
New first year students
New transfer students
Applications will be prioritized from these students:
- Students of Color
- In the first generation in your family to go to college
- Low-income students
- Of any underrepresented identity at OSU
What am I signing up for?
In short, the secrets to success!
As a new student in this program you will be placed on a team with a faculty member, peer mentor, and up to 3 other new students to meet for 1 hour every other week in the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms of your first year. There will be up to 5 meetings per term where you can come together with other students navigating their first year just like you. Teams will discuss and develop success strategies for campus and academic life, connect with resources and opportunities, explore career options, and make meaningful connections with faculty, experienced peers, and fellow new students.
The program is designed to help you build a community of peers and a direct connection to a faculty member at OSU. We believe this program will give you the experiences you want as you start your journey at OSU.
Find more information about the program online at:
What is mentorship?
A mentor is someone who cares about you and wants to see you achieve all your goals. This may involve:
1. Degree and career support
2. Academic subject knowledge support
3. Psychological and emotional support
4. Role modeling
Your role: Discover what you need and what possibilities await you through the help and support of your Beaver Connect team.
This program has rolling team assignments throughout the summer! To be included in the fall cohorts, sign up no later than September 15, 2021.
Participation and attendance is expected through June so that we can best see you through this terrific first year. Please fill out the following form to start on the path to success!
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