Cascades START

START is OSU-Cascades new student orientation. At START you will begin establishing important connections with OSU-Cascades faculty, staff and other new students, learn about campus resources, support systems and ways to get involved on campus, and also meet with academic advisors to learn about university and academic major requirements and register for your fall term classes. 

First year START is for students beginning their first year or traditionally called the "freshman year" of college.  Regardless of your AP/IB credits, if this is your first time attending a college or university you will need to attend a first year START.


Begin your journey at OSU-Cascades with an outdoor experience alongside new and returning students. Select from canoeing or backpacking and share in this opportunity prior to the start of classes. Relax, meet new people, build community and most of all have fun! Headwaters is the perfect adventure to go on before embarking on your studies at OSU-Cascades.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week begins with Move-In Day in the residence hall and lasts throughout the first week of classes. It features numerous activities designed to help new students get more acquainted with all the outstanding offices, programs and opportunities here at OSU-Cascades. Some events will introduce you to new skills and resources for academic success, others will help you meet faculty and other students in your academic program, others are designed to help you meet other students like yourself.

Fall Convocation

The vice president, faculty, staff and our Associated Students of Cascades Campus (ASCC) president welcome all first-year students and celebrate the beginning of your higher education journey.

Campus Read

Building Community Through Stories - The Campus Read program is designed to encourage all members of the campus community to engage, both in and out of the classroom setting.