OSU-Cascades provides students personalized instruction and OSU's excellence in both academics and innovative research. It is the only baccalaureate and graduate degree granting institution based in 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. The university opened its doors in September 2001 on the COCC campus, and expanded to a four-year university when it welcomed its first freshman class in fall 2015.
To serve the Central Oregon’s educational, economic and cultural goals, OSU-Cascades’ campus needs to grow. The campus will expand onto the adjacent 46-acre former pumice mine property and a 72-acre former Deschutes County landfill, pending the final purchase of the latter. Separately and together, the properties provide a rare opportunity to reclaim land considered unusable, develop sustainably and with minimum impact on neighbors, and create what will be a community and regional asset for years to come.