Students come to OSU-Cascades from Central Oregon and beyond for small class sizes, big experiences and the excellence that OSU is known for.
total students at OSU-Cascades
increase in new first-year students
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Our newest Bend Beavs are part of a growing community of OSU-Cascades graduates — 4,430 alums strong — who are making a difference in fields from energy engineering to hospitality management.
students of color
of students are from Central Oregon
GPA (or higher) of 35%
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Taw transferred from Central Oregon Community College to OSU-Cascades, where he is studying human development and family sciences. A member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Taw was raised by a single mother and attended Madras High School. He worked with youth in drug and alcohol prevention and in fire prevention on the reservation, ran for elected office in the Simnasho District, and coached high school basketball and softball – but his academic journey stalled for two decades.
"Where I come from not many people take advantage of the opportunity to attend college," he said.
Before his mother passed away he promised her that he would earn his college degree. "Graduation to me means everything. I want to be an example for my kids, my community, and for everyone who has put off going back to school for whatever reason. I want Native Americans everywhere to know that college is an option for them regardless of the current situation they may find themselves in. I am proof that no matter what age, you can earn a college degree as long as you put in the time and effort.”
When he earns his bachelor’s degree in 2021, he’ll be 42. He hopes to continue on to graduate school to earn a master’s in teaching and one day teach physical education.
Jane grew up in Wisconsin, nearly 2,000 miles away from Oregon, but the Beaver State always drew her. The first-year student followed her intuition and landed at OSU-Cascades this fall. Not even the pandemic has dissuaded her from embracing her new college life.
“I wanted to venture out into the world and prove myself as an adult. It would have been one of my biggest regrets if I chose to stay home, especially after seeing how COVID-19 has played out for friends back home.”
The business major is taking advantage of opportunities that get her out into the world, even virtually for now, to learn about the economy and prepare her to one day lead a business of her own. She also participates in the TRACE OSU campus prevalence testing project, seeing it as a way to contribute to a campus that can one day open for in-person classes again.
“Going to college during a pandemic has become my new normal,” she said. “I am appreciative for the perspective I’m gaining.”