Advising FAQ

Academic Advising

Ecampus registration restrictions

PHHS is updating registration restrictions for Public Health classes starting in Spring 2021. See Ecampus registration restrictions for details.


  Be sure to also check the Policies Page.


New students must attend an Orientation to get their PIN. Orientation is for students who have never attended classes at OSU.

The academic advising office uses Microsoft Bookings to schedule advising appointments. Refer to how to schedule your advising appointment using Bookings for scheduling instructions.

The Baccalaureate Core (Bacc Core) Curriculum represents what the OSU faculty believes is the foundation for students' further understanding of the modern world. Informed by natural and social sciences, arts, and humanities, the Bacc Core requires students to think critically and creatively, and to synthesize ideas and information when evaluating major societal issues. Importantly, the Bacc Core promotes understanding of interrelationships among disciplines in order to increase students' capacities as ethical citizens of an ever-changing world.

Visit the OSU catalog for a list of Bacc Core Classes.

If you have been out of OSU for more than four terms (not counting summer), you need to be readmitted to the University. (Readmittance to University).

If you want to return to OSU, you need to meet with an advisor. Prior to meeting with an advisor, be sure to read the Oregon State University Instructions For Suspended Students (pdf).

Some majors in the College of PHHS are Pre-Professional programs. Students must apply to these programs after prerequisites are completed. Applications for these programs are submitted during Spring term only. Admission to these programs is very competitive. Please review the program for requirements.

An option is at least 21 credits of designated courses in the major, at least 15 credits of which are upper-division courses (numbered 300 and above). Most majors in the College of PHHS require an option.

The CPHHS offers multiple degrees via Ecampus in order to provide opportunities for students to further their education through asynchronous classes.

If you are a Corvallis or Cascades campus student and are interested in transitioning to Ecampus, please review transitioning to Ecampus.

No. Students in CPHHS are not required to have a minor; however, many students choose to complete a minor to complement their major or to meet credit hour requirements.

OSU does NOT offer a major in pre-med/pre-nursing/pre-professional studies. Students interested in the health professions are encouraged to declare a major in a subject of interest. Professional health programs do not require any particular major; however, pre-med/pre-nursing/pre-professional students need to complete the necessary science and math prerequisite courses for acceptance. Several majors in CPHHS have the prerequisites built into their curriculum. Check out our Pre-med page for more details.

The Office of the Registrar has an interactive GPA calculator.

Graduation is more than showing up to walk. Be sure to look through Steps to Graduate on Time.

All students will meet with their assigned academic advisor once a term. However, you can meet with your advisor more often if you like. It’s always okay to call, email, or drop in with questions.

Students should schedule their appointments sometime around these holidays: Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo.

You can schedule an appointment with your assigned academic advisor online, 24 hours a day. Schedule your appointment early in the term, before your advisor’s calendar fills! An appointment can be made up to six weeks in advance.

You can expect your advising appointments to be ~30 minutes of one-on-one time with your academic advisor. You and your advisor will both prepare in advance—reviewing your MyDegrees page, preparing questions, and looking ahead. During your appointment, you will review your progress to date, make course plans for the upcoming term(s), discuss opportunities and resources pertinent to your goals, and track your progress toward graduation.

While your advisor is here to assist and guide you, your educational choices are yours to make. We advise and you decide.

Here are some tips to remember as you prepare for a productive meeting with your advisor:

  • Be proactive. Think about the big picture, your current interests, your future career and which courses, majors/minors will get you from point A to point B.
  • Be prepared. Write out specific questions or concerns. For example, if you’re meeting about course selection, start by researching potential courses in the schedule of classes and creating a tentative schedule with backups.
  • Be honest. Be willing to identify and discuss your difficulties and seek advice. Then follow up on the plan you and your advisor agree upon.
  • Be open. You should be prepared to accept new ideas, even if they seem difficult. Consider trying new things like joining a club, studying abroad, working with a mentor, or assisting with research.
  • Be assertive. If you feel overwhelmed or you are having any trouble, ask for advice. Your advisor will help you get the support services you need to be successful, but they won’t know to help if you don’t ask.
  • Be respectful. Pay close attention to your advisor during the meeting. If you must cancel an advising appointment, please do so using the link found in your appointment confirmation email, call the office (541-737-8900), or email your advisor. Remember, your advisor has a busy schedule, too.

The Office of Student Success understands that sometimes advising appointment are great and sometimes they are challenging. To ensure we hear about the experiences of students with academic advising, please take a look at the steps below to provide feedback:

  1. Start with your advisor. Either send them an email or schedule an appointment with them. Let your advisor know what went well or where there is room for improvement. Be constructive and give feedback that furthers the conversation. Explain why the experience did or did not meet your expectations. Let us know what we are doing well and how we can continue to help others with these same practices.
  2. If you do not want to provide feedback directly to your advisor, that’s ok. You are welcome to email or schedule an appointment with the Head Academic Advisor ( Just select “Other” as what you would like to discuss during your appointment and type “advisor feedback” to specify.

    If you do not want to give feedback to the Head Advisor, you can reach out to the Associate Dean for Student Success (

Yes, but consider the following.


If you feel the need to change to a different academic advisor:
  • Remember that you will work with many kinds of people in your career, and this is good practice for learning how to work effectively with people who may be a bit different from you.
  • Give your advisor a few chances; meet a couple of times and let your advisor know what you are looking for in an advisor and what you need from them. Allow your advisor the opportunity to work with you to help meet those needs.


If you still are not able to find a way to work well together:

Schedule an appointment with a new academic advisor. To ensure that our peer advisors do not call and ask you to meet with your assigned advisor, indicate on the booking form that you are meeting with an advisor who is not assigned to you to change advisors.

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When you meet with the new advisor, let them know you may want to become their advisee. Remember to share what you want/need from your advisor and discuss this with them to make sure you two are a good fit.

If you two decide you would work well together, let the advisors know. They can change your assigned advisor in MyDegrees.

Yes. However, no more than TWO graded attempts are allowed to meet the minimum grade policy for courses in CPHHS majors, minors, options, and certificates. No third attempts from OSU or transferred from other institutions are allowed. Second graded attempts should be retaken where they were taken originally. If you want to retake a class to meet a minimum grade requirement or just to improve the grade, see Repeated Courses for guidance.