OSU-Cascades admission requirements promote student success by assessing student preparedness and academic potential in the unique context of each student's personal experience. Admission assessment will consider all achievements, both academic and non-academic, to enroll students with a broad range of characteristics and perspectives. Considerations include, but are not limited to: academic achievement, creativity, initiative, motivation, leadership, persistence, service to others, intellectual curiosity, exceptional personal or academic recognition, unusual talent or ability, substantial experience with other cultures, and ability to overcome significant challenges.

The admissions process consists of a fair and comprehensive review of all applicants to determine potential success at OSU-Cascades. It is crucial for applicants to carefully complete the application process by providing thorough information. Estimating the likelihood of admission is very difficult without considering the complete application file.

Please note that academic performance is not the sole criterion for admission to the university. The university may evaluate a person's behavior and background to determine their ability to maintain the standards of academic and professional conduct expected at the university. An evaluation may take into consideration current behavior and performance as well as past experiences and actions. Simply qualifying for admission does not guarantee admission.

To Apply

To be considered for admission to OSU-Cascades campus, submit:

  • Completed admission application
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official college/university transcripts from all schools attended. You can request COCC transcripts from the Admissions Office in Boyle Center.
  • If Applicable:
    • Official AP or IB scores
    • Official high school transcripts

Please mail additional materials, including transcripts, to:

1500 SW Chandler Avenue
Bend, Oregon 97702

Admission Requirements

Transfer students are students who have successfully completed at least 36 quarter hour (24 semester) graded, transferable credits from one or more regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Students with fewer than 36 graded transferable credits will be considered on the basis of their high school records and test scores, and must have a 2.25 GPA on all collegiate work attempted. If you have fewer than 36 credits, please see First-Year Student Admissions requirements.

If you are an international student, see International Student requirements. All international students, whether you meet the definition of transfer student above or not, are asked to follow the international student application procedures and submit the international student application.

  • Submit completed Insight Resume.
  • 36 transferable quarter credits or 24 transferable semester credits.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 on transferable credits.
  • Grade of C- or better earned in the following courses:
    • College-level writing beginning with WR 121 (English Composition) or equivalent, and
    • Mathematics equivalent to MTH 105 or MTH 111 (College Algebra) or higher.
  • Students who graduated from high school in 1997 or later must meet a foreign language requirement with either two years of high school level study in the same language or two quarters/semesters of college level study with a minimum grade of C-. For additional information on how to meet foreign language deficiencies, click here.
  • Transfer students must be eligible to return to the most recent college or university attended.

Consideration will be given to applicants with a 2.00 GPA who have received the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree from an Oregon community college.

Insight Resume
  • Understanding of you as a unique, contributing individual.
  • Your accomplishments, perspectives, experiences, and talents.
  • Your achievements within the context of your social and personal circumstances.
  • Participation in activities that develop academic, intellectual, and leadership abilities.
Computation of GPA

The official policies of OSU regarding academic record evaluation for purposes of admission include:

  • Only the highest grade for a repeated course will be calculated in the GPA;
  • Only transferable college-level credits are accepted and counted in the GPA computation (professional-technical course grades are not included);
  • Academic bankruptcy or forgiveness of low grades is not a policy recognized at OSU. Classes must be repeated to have a grade replaced;

Credit accepted in transfer must have been completed at regionally accredited colleges or universities. Official transcripts of all college work attempted must be submitted directly from the registrar's office of each institution. Official transcripts faxed directly to the OSU Office of Admissions will be accepted if they are sent with the Registrar's office cover sheet and are from a school located within the United States.

Petition for Exception

Students who do not meet admission requirements may petition for exception. For further information, write or call the Office of Admissions. Deadlines for appeals are in effect for each quarter.