An Oregon State University campus in Bend
OSU-Cascades is a branch campus of Oregon State University that provides students personalized instruction and OSU's excellence in both academics and innovative research, as well as the lifelong advantages of a premier research university. OSU-Cascades is the first and only branch campus in Oregon, and the only baccalaureate and graduate degree granting institution based in Central Oregon. OSU-Cascades awards master’s and bachelor’s degrees.
A four-year university for Central Oregon
OSU-Cascades was born out of a 30-year grassroots effort put forth by Central Oregonians to bring a university to the region. In 2000, the Oregon University System selected OSU, the state’s land grant university, to administer a campus that would serve as a 2+2 partnership with Central Oregon Community College, offering upper-division and graduate coursework toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The university opened its doors in September 2001 on the COCC campus. Its annual progress is summarized within the Points of Pride.
After record enrollment growth and demonstrated financial support from the surrounding community, in August 2012 the Oregon University System endorsed OSU-Cascades’ expansion to a four-year university. In July 2013, the Oregon State Legislature approved capital funding that enables the branch campus to establish its own campus as it expands to offer freshman and sophomore classes. The branch campus anticipates completing the first phase of its campus development in fall 2015. To learn about the expansion click here.
Meeting Oregon's enrollment goals
OSU-Cascades' expansion will help OSU meet state educational attainment, or "40-40-20" goals where 40 percent of Oregonians will have a bachelor’s degree by 2025. The goals will increase opportunities for Oregonians' individual success and economic mobility, and for civic and economic contributions to the state. The branch campus plans to expand to 3,000 to 5,000 students by 2025.
OSU-Cascades serves a variety of students and increasingly attracts students from out of the region. Some statistics about currently enrolled students:
- Most are from Central Oregon
- 32% attended local high schools
- Students are slightly older than traditional university students
- More than 75% are enrolled full-time
- Women comprise 56% of undergraduate students
- About 15% of students self-identify as representing a minority
More than 40 full-time faculty include a Distinguished Professor of Art History, a Fulbright Fellow and Max Planck Institute for Economics research fellow, a finalist for the Oregon Non-Fiction Book of the Year award, a Fellow of the International Canadian Studies Institute, as well as published authors.
A low student-to-teacher ratio at OSU-Cascades attracts faculty who excel in classroom instruction and who serve as mentors to students and graduates throughout their academic and professional careers.
Faculty and curriculum at OSU-Cascades adhere to, or exceed, OSU's standards for academic rigor and excellence.
Faculty include full- and part-time instructors and professors. The faculty bring real-world expreience, research, scholarship and outreach into the classroom. About three to five part-time instructors teach within each academic program.
Community service and outreach
As Oregon’s land grant university, OSU requires a service component of faculty. OSU-Cascades faculty provide research and expertise to businesses and organizations throughout Central Oregon. Since 2001, OSU-Cascades has partnered with more than 150 businesses, government and non-profit agencies, and public schools to provide student internships and practicums.
A partnership with COCC
A shared campus for undergraduate programs allow students to begin studies at Central Oregon Community College and continue upper-division coursework and degree completion at OSU-Cascades. To learn more about transferring to OSU-Cascades click here.
Click here for a 2012-2013 fact sheet (pdf)
Click here for a 2011-2012 fact sheet (pdf)
By the Numbers
Based on fall 2013 enrollment, unless otherwise noted.
enrolled students, including 936 upper division and graduate students, and 175 attending classes at COCC
students engaged in internships, practicums and study abroad programs with businesses, organizations and agencies in Central Oregon and around the world (2011)
students on average in upper-division courses (2013)
of graduates are first in their family to attend college (2010)
of students are from Central Oregon. 18% are from other Oregon communities. 6% are from out of state
of students transfer from COCC
of students plan to live and work in Central Oregon after graduating (2010)
degrees awarded since founding in 2001 (2013)
awarded in scholarships since 2001 through the OSU Foundation
community members annually attend lectures presented by researchers from OSU's Bend and Corvallis campuses (2013)
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