Welcome to OSU-Cascades!

Cascades START is new student orientation.

We're excited you're joining our campus community! All new students must attend Cascades START new student orientation.

(Transfer students: Click here for Transfer START information)

What is Cascades START?

Cascades START is an opportunity for new students to meet with an academic advisor and register for courses. Both students and parents are provided tools to familiarize themselves with OSU-Cascades, including information on financial aid, campus policies and student account set-up.

Before You Sign Up for Cascades START

Pay your Advance Tuition Deposit
To confirm your attendance at OSU-Cascades you will be asked to submit the Advance Tuition Deposit (ATD) form along with your $200 deposit. You will be invited to attend Cascades START once the Advance Tuition Deposit (ATD) is paid.

Registration for Cascades START is Required

Once are you invited to attend Cascades START please call OSU-Cascades Enrollment Services, 541-322-3100, to sign up. Cascades START is required and you must call to register. You will not be able to register until your Advance Tuition Deposit is paid.

  • When you call, you will be asked for your OSU-Cascades ID number. You will also be asked for your contact and major information. Be sure to have this handy when you call us.

Cascades START 2019 Dates (for First-Year Students)

Monday, July 15
Monday, July 29
Monday, August 19
Friday, September 20

(Transfer students: Click here for Transfer START information)

Preparing for Cascades START

Placement Tests (IMPORTANT: Students must take the placement tests prior to attending a Cascades START session.)

  • ALEKs Math Placement Test
    Regardless of AP scores or previous college level math credit all freshman students must take the OSU Math Placement test ALEKs. Information is available at math.oregonstate.edu/mlc-placement-home.
  • If you have been admitted to DPP and plan to take COCC courses, you must take a COCC placement test to assess your writing level. For information visit the COCC website. Students planning to only take OSU courses are not required to set up COCC accounts.

  • Submit College Transcripts, AP and CLEP records:

    • High school Dual Credit Courses – if you completed a sponsored dual credit course such as writing or math in high school you will need to request an official transcript from the college or university that provided the credits to OSU-Cascades. Your high school transcript will not have the correct records for these credits to be transferred to OSU.
    • Advanced Placement or CLEP – Students will need to request AP scores from the College Board sent to OSU-Cascades.
    • Standard college courses — if a student enrolled and completed courses from a community college while a high school student the student will need to request an official transcript from the community college to be sent to OSU-Cascades.

Student Account and Tools Set-Up

Students will need to access their various OSU student accounts and online learning tools.
Student Accounts Set-Up Guide

Suggestion: Check out the OSU Technology Accounts Guide for New Students guide to be ready for Cascades START, registration and your first term at OSU-Cascades. Be aware of OSU-Corvallis specific information that may not pertain to our students.

Transfer Students and Students Starting Winter, Spring or Summer Term: Online Orientation and Survey

Winter, spring or summer term Cascades START requires students to complete the Transfer START Online Orientation to learn about policies and guidelines at OSU-Cascades. Step through the online information and complete the survey before your Cascades START session.
Transfer START Online Orientation

Download OSU Mobile App

You can check grades, dining hall hours, class assignments and much more using the OSU Mobile app. Search for OSU Mobile and download the app for free, then choose OSU-Cascades as your campus.