First-Year Advising for College of Engineering Students


Given concerns surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, OSU continues to have reduced on-campus activities.  Based on these directions, First-Year Advising is currently doing all advising appointments and interactions to an online/distance model, facilitated through Zoom or by phone, for the foreseeable future.  Current students can refer to the First-Year Engineering Canvas course for FAQ's and more information.  Prospective students are asked to email an advisor if they have questions or would like to meet over Zoom.

If you have questions you would have typically come to a "drop-in" for, please email your advisor with your questions.   Virtual drop-in times for new students will be announced through the First-Year Engineering Canvas course.

For additional information about COVID-19 and OSU's response, please vist the OSU COVID-19 website.  

Prospective Students

If you are a prospective First-Year student (coming to college for the first time out of high school) you can email your questions to:  If you would like to setup a time to meet with an advisor, feel free to contact us through the advisor contact info listed below.  Starting Fall 2019, all first-year students will be General Engineering students and will declare their engineering major by the end of their first year. 

If you are an prospective Transfer student, you can reach out to an advisor in your major.  The websites for advising are listed under “Advisors for Returning and Transfer Engineering Students” on the bottom of this page.

First-Year Advising Mission

We serve and support first-year students in the College of Engineering with regular collaborative interactions in order to:

  • Provide a compass for the academic and career exploration process by challenging students to examine the links between their goals, values, and interests;
  • Help students navigate complex university structures by explaining and applying procedures, policies, and processes;
  • Assist in the successful transition to college by encouraging students to access appropriate campus resources and extracurricular engagement, and to feel included, empowered, and involved in a community of engineering scholars. 


Scheduling an Appointment/how to meet with an advisor

Remote Drop-In Times.  (Refer to First-Year Engineering Canvas course for drop-in form and details, if you are not enrolled in this course, email

Week 0 (Wednesday, Sept. 23rd-25th) 9:00-11:30; 1:30-4:30. 

Week 1 (Sept. 28th-Oct. 2nd) 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Once Fall Term begins, you will be assigned an academic advisor based on your last name, you will schedule your advising appointment from the First-Year Engineering Students Canvas Course. 

This Canvas Studio is a non-credit, non-graded, free site designed to help you navigate your first year at Oregon State University. You will find information on advising, career and major exploration, clubs and extra-curricular activities and gain the skills to successfully explore your major, the College of Engineering and OSU.  Canvas is also where you will schedule appointments for you START registration appointment as well as during Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms.  

The Office of Student Services (Johnson 114) is currently closed for advising as all advisors are working remotely.

 If you would like to contact an advisor please use the email links below.

Centralized Advisors (First-Year)


hillary mcmillan

Hilary McMillan
Professional Advisor

(currently on leave, students can reach out to: with questions)

Advises last names K-M


Sarah Kyllo

Sarah Kyllo
First-Year Head Advisor

Advises last names N-R



Michelle White

Michelle White
Professional Advisor
Advises last names D-J



Lauren Brubaker
Professional Advisor 
Advises last names S-Z


Julia Rosenzweig

Julia Rosenzweig
Professional Advisor 
Advises last names A-C

Common Questions 

Advisors for Returning & Transfer Engineering Students