OSU-Cascades is located in Bend, Oregon

Bend is a place where you can thrive

Bend is a growing city surrounded by mountains, forests and high desert rangeland. It has lots to offer new students, from outdoor activities and festivals, to amazing places to intern and volunteer. And while it’s growing, Bend is still small enough that your contributions will make a difference.

Best outdoor town

Bend is minutes from world-class skiing at Mt. Bachelor, and that’s just the beginning. Central Oregon is known for an extensive mountain bike trail system, fishing and playing on the Deschutes River, hiking and camping at high mountain lakes, and Smith Rock, a rock-climbing mecca that attracts experts and first-time climbers. You’ll have a 2.5 million acre natural laboratory to gain hands-on experience in the outdoors.

Arts & entertainment

From the BendFilm festival to Oregon Winterfest to First Friday Art Walks, Bend is home to a thriving local arts community. The summer concert series at the Les Schwab Amphitheater is walking distance from campus. Enjoy a musical at the historic Tower Theatre or attend a reading by a nationally recognized author.

On any given day you might:

  • Catch a movie at the Old Mill District
  • Work on a research project at a local tech company
  • Bike downtown for a festival
  • Monitor wildlife on the Deschutes River
  • Walk to a concert at the Les Schwab Amphitheater
  • Catch up on class reading at a local coffee shop
  • Volunteer to help clear mountain bike trails
  • Head out with Cascades Adventures to climb South Sister

The experts agree

Bicycle Friendly Community

League of American Bicyclists, November 2017

One of the top 52 destinations in the world to visit in 2015

New York Times, Jan. 11, 2015

One of America’s 10 best destinations for outdoor enthusiasts

USA Today

One of 15 U.S. cities with the best restaurant scene

Huffington Post

One of world's top 25 ski towns

National Geographic

One of the nation’s top cycling towns

USA Today, April 18, 2014

The world’s best SUP getaway

Outside, March 4, 2014

One of the top 10 fly fishing towns in the U.S.

Fly Fisherman