Parent and Family Programs

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. 

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. 
Mother and daugther smiling in a student dorm with bunkbed behind them

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.

Upcoming events:

>> Help us beat the Ducks during Rivalry Week Nov. 22-30

Attention OSU parents! The countdown is on, and it’s a Beavers vs. Ducks matchup where you’re the star competitor. Last year, faithful Beaver supporters (including non-alumni friends) pulled through with an impressive 1,084 members for a Rivalry Week victory. Help OSU prevail again by joining, upgrading or renewing your OSU Alumni Association membership between Nov. 22 – 30. Already a life member? Gift a membership to your friends and family! Please continue to share this with your networks. 

Help us beat the Ducks!

>> Join a OSU vs. UO football watch party near you

It's Watch Party Saturday this weekend. We have a very impressive list of regional watch parties, so please share this with those you know in those areas, including fellow parents and families of current OSU students. It's a great way to network! 

Celebrate with fellow Beavs

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.

Apply today to be on the Parent and Family Council.

>> 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.