Education at OHSU

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At OHSU, students' experiences are enhanced by interprofessional activities and programs outside of the classroom.

Student interest groups

At OHSU, student interest groups are an opportunity for students to participate in and build meaningful networks with others with similar interests. Student interest group activities are educational, intellectual, interdisciplinary, cultural and social in nature and help students develop leadership and workplace skills, collaborative relationships with others and a sense of one's personal identity. For a list of current student interest group, click here-Coming soon!

For groups needing to renew registration or start a new group, visit Student Central on O2 (OHSU network credentials required).

Annual events

On the first day of each term, incoming students from different schools and programs come together to learn about the basic services and amenities available on the Marquam Hill and South Waterfront campuses, as well as begin to prepare students for an interprofessional approach to education. 

2019 New Student Orientation Dates

Summer Term, Session A - Monday, June 24th

Summer Term, Session B - Monday, August 5th

Fall Term-Monday, September 23rd 

This September event is open to the entire campus community to kick off the new academic year. Hosted in collaboration with the Graduate Student Organization, the All-Hill Student Council and School of Medicine Alumni Association, attendees can enjoy dinner, drinks, prize drawings, music and visiting information tables to learn about student services, student interest groups, programs, activities and more. Flu vaccines are also available. Whether you're a new or returning student, the event is open to all!

Celebrate Halloween with your classmates and friends. Costume contest, DJ, prizes and food and drink.

Java with Jacobs logo - illustration of OHSU President Dr. Danny Jacobs

The coffee talk with the president is a bi-annual hosted by OHSU President Danny Jacobs gives students the opportunity to learn about new educational initiatives, ask questions and have conversations while enjoying lunch and a fresh cup of coffee.

Sunriver ski trip group photo - OHSU Student Life activities

Each January, OHSU students spend some well needed rest and relaxation shredding the slopes at Mt.Bachelor in Bend, Ore. This is a widely popular event that attracts students from all schools. The event offers discounted lift tickets and room accommodations as well as a dance with food, beverages and fun.

The All-Hill Student Council's annual Flame Awards celebrate the hard work, generosity and compassion displayed by students and faculty across schools, campuses and programs. Students and faculty members who have gone above and beyond in the area of volunteerism may be nominated in eight categories. Awards will come with cash prizes and be handed out at the Flame Awards Ceremony in March.

More than 400 students, partners and friends attend this formal dance at the Adrianna Ballroom in downtown Portland. Dressed in semi-formal and formal attire, guests dances the night away while enjoying light appetizers and beverages.

Each spring, the Rho Chi chapter of the College of Pharmacy sponsors a Jeopardy-style, team-based knowledge competition open to all schools.

Each June, OHSU honors about 1,200 graduating students from its five schools at ceremonies in Portland and other areas across the state.

Graduating students: Find updated information about convocation on Student Central