Academics and Admissions
OHSU strives for excellence in education, research and scholarship, clinical practice and community service.
Through our dynamic interdisciplinary environment, OHSU stimulates the spirit of inquiry, initiative and cooperation among students, faculty and staff.
Getting started at OHSU
This is an informal guide to help you get started at OHSU. From applying for financial aid to when to get your ID badge, review the steps below to help you on your way.
Admissions — including prerequisite requirements and application deadlines — are handled by each school and program directly, and may involve applying through an external system. Visit Programs and Schools to learn about application requirements for your area of interest.
The Financial Aid Office thoroughly reviews your application for aid, and the best possible assistance is offered to help cover the costs of attending. There are four general types of financial aid: scholarships, grants, loans and employment. The types of aid you will be awarded will depend on many things, including your program of study, financial need and available aid.
You must be formally admitted into a financial aid-approved degree or certificate program at OHSU before your application for financial aid will be reviewed. Therefore, students are encouraged to apply for financial aid before being officially admitted in order to meet certain financial aid deadlines. Once the Financial Aid Office is notified of your admission to the university, a review of your financial aid application will begin. Waiting until you have been admitted to the university to apply for financial aid may adversely affect your financial aid award. Visit Financial Aid.
Thirty days prior to the start of the new term, OHSU's Information Technology Group will communicate user name and access instructions directly to new students. ITG will provide an @ohsu.edu email address to log on to the secure network. Students will also receive login information for the Student Information System.
All students must be issued an OHSU ID badge. Students must complete the following requirements before orientation to receive a badge:
- Respect at the University
- Integrity Foundations
- Information Privacy and Security Essentials
- Other Compass training, if applicable
- Background check
- Submit pre-entrance immunization form to the Student Health and Wellness Center
- Submit a passport-style photo to your program coordinator. Please be aware that the same rules that apply to a passport apply to an OHSU ID badge photo. Those rules include:
- The photo must be in color
- Taken in front of a plain or off-white background
- Taken with a full face view, directly facing the camera
- Taken from the top of shoulders up
- Taken within the last 6 months
New students should stay in contact with school or program representatives to make sure all requirements are completed by the appropriate deadlines.
During the first week of each term incoming students from different schools and programs have the opportunity to learn about the basic student resources available on the Marquam Hill and South Waterfront campuses.