Parent and Family Programs

Parent and Family Engagement Program

You’re a proud parent / family member. And we’re a proud community of Beavers who are just as invested as you in your student’s growth and success at OSU! 

The Parent and Family Engagement Program is designed to bridge the transition from family to college life by keeping parents and families informed and engaged alongside students throughout their OSU journey. We encourage you to be a vital partner in this process! That’s why we will be sharing meaningful communications, tips and ongoing opportunities to help you support and empower your student as they find their footing on campus and thrive as part of the Beaver community. 

Welcome to OSU’s Parent and Family Engagement Program!

Stay Connected with your student and OSU! Consider this page your one-stop-shop for the latest communications, updates about campus life and happenings, student health and safety, helpful resources, alumni achievements and much more.  

Get Involved by volunteering (virtually or in-person!) alongside other OSU parents for committees and events that bring Beavers and their families together to interact and build strong connections that support students and OSU. 

Be an Active Participant in your student’s success! Communicate. Advocate. Network. Volunteer. Donate...  and encourage fellow OSU families to do the same! We all play a vital role in our students’ ability to live, learn and thrive at OSU. Your involvement helps Build the Dam for your student and others Beavers who follow. 

Helpful Links for Parents and Families:

Upcoming events:

>> Oregon State Homecoming | Oct. 23
Let us know where you're tailgating prior to the game against Utah, and we'll stop by and bring you some "parent swag." Email Julie with your location.

Plus, view all of OSU's Homecoming festivities.

>> Pregame with OSU friends and family
Join your OSU family at home or away during this year's football pregame parties. View all of the details.

Additional Resources:

>> Apply for OSU’s new Parent and Family Council

Calling all proud Beaver parents/families... do you want to be an active participant in your student’s success? If you have a current OSU student, we encourage you to apply for our new Parent and Family Council! The Parent and Family Council will meet twice a year (hybrid model with both in-person and digital options) around Parent and Family Weekends sponsored by the Office of Student Orientation.

The first meeting with be held over Fall Family Weekend on Nov. 12, and will feature answers to your top questions from a panel of campus experts. The meeting will be followed by an informal reception at the OSU Alumni Center for those of you who are able to attend in person. (Bonus: your student is invited to attend with you!) Look for more information soon or email Julie Schwartz for more details.

>> Beaver book recommendation for new OSU parents/families

Out to Sea: A Parents’ Survival Guide to the Freshman Voyage” by Kelly Radi

Leaving the nest is a major transition for all involved. That’s why we highly recommend this easy-to-read, informative guidebook that acknowledges that the college transition can be stressful and emotional for both students and their parents. With warmth, humor and real-world advice, the author covers such things as staying connected, mentorship parenting, money matters, roommate relations, health and wellness and much more.

>> No Parent Left Behind. 

When Esther Vega saw her mother, a second grade teacher, struggling to get her students connected for remote learning in spring 2020, the Honors College industrial engineering major also saw an opportunity: get parents involved. Read the story.