Fall 2021.

Vibrance. Optimism.

Students come to OSU-Cascades from Central Oregon and beyond for small class sizes, big experiences and the excellence that OSU is known for. See the fall 2021 enrollment report.

Beaver Nation in Bend

 

1,247
total students at OSU-Cascades

11%
increase in FTE (academic credits taken per student)

2%
increase in degree-seeking students

Future Innovators and Community-Builders

3x
increase in Outdoor Products majors

2.5x
increase in Engineering Science majors

1.6x
increase in Teaching majors

The newest Bend Beavs are part of a growing community of OSU-Cascades graduates — 4,700 alums strong — who are making a difference in fields from energy engineering to hospitality management.

Serving Oregon and the World

51%
from Central Oregon

82%
from Oregon

5
international countries

Welcoming All Students

25%

First-generation college students

20%

Students of color

68

Student veterans

 

    A New Class of First-Year Students

    55%

    Earned college credit in high school

    3.57

    Average unweighted high school GPA

    35%

    High school GPA of 3.75 or higher

      Student Profile
      Samara Shinholster

      She/Her
      First-Year Student
      Albany, Oregon
      Biology

      Samara grew up in a family of police officers and could have pursued a career in law. But the family member who inspired her career dreams most worked in a hospital.

      “I was always fascinated by my grandma’s stories about being a nurse,” said Samara.

      She could have gone to college nearby at OSU in Corvallis, but liked the idea of being farther from home — although close enough to go back for visits. Her family visited Central Oregon regularly during the summer and holidays throughout her childhood, so Bend was familiar and in an area she really likes.

      Samara dove right in to campus life. She recently took on a volunteer leadership position for the new residence hall council and works with peers to develop events and activities for fellow residential students.

      Student Profile
      Hayley Halvorsen

      They/Them
      Transfer Student
      Arroyo Grande, California
      Art, Media and Technology

      Hayley transferred to OSU-Cascades after earning an associate’s degree in hospitality management. Their original plan was to become a pastry chef, but in the years after graduating realized baking was more of a hobby and their professional interests lay elsewhere.

      “I’ve been painting, performing and practicing art since I was little,” they said. “My creative side pushes me to innovate something new, so the digital arts and film – animation and 3-D imaging – are where I want a career.”

      After living in southern California, Hayley was also ready to experience weather and seasons – and to see snow. They are looking forward to living in a community that enjoys the natural world.

      Hayley joined the student LGBT club and is looking forward to supporting causes on campus and in the local community that help people from all walks of life.