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. The university opened its doors in September 2001, and expanded to a four-year university 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. The properties provide a rare opportunity to reclaim land considered unusable, to develop sustainably and with minimum impact on neighbors, and to create what will become a community and regional asset for years to come.