Welcome to OSU-Cascades!

Cascades START is new student orientation.


We're excited you're joining our campus community. We want to make sure you are off to a good start. All new students must attend new student orientation.

Transfer students: Click here for Transfer START information

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.
  • Admitted OSU-Cascades students may also be taking classes at COCC, but are not required to attend the COCC Orientation. COCC policies and resources are included in the OSU-Cascades orientation.

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 are a transfer student who has no transferable college algebra or placement credit, you must take the ALEKs test.
  • If you plan to take COCC courses as a dual-admit student and you have not completed a college writing course, 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.
  • If you have completed math and writing in college or if you have AP, IB or CLEP tests scores those transcripts must be sent to OSU-Cascades as soon as possible to update your OSU records. You will not be able to register for all courses until this is completed.

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.