Hot Topics Related to the OSU-Cascades Office of Admissions During COVID-19 Interruptions


In a fluid situation we recommend checking our Fall Term at OSU-Cascades page and FAQ page regularly for the most up to date information.

Many of the answers to your questions can also be found on our FAQ page, but please feel free to reach out to us any time at 541-322-3100 ext 1 or at

For admitted students who have already canceled their OSU application for Fall 2020 - if this information changes your plans, please reach out to the Admissions Office for steps to reactivate your application and financial aid.


The most up to date information can always be found our on campus visit page. There are multiple ways to connect with OSU-Cascades remotely to learn more about campus. Prospective students will be invited to visit campus again starting Monday, July 13. Reservations are required. To protect the health and safety of our campus community and our invited guests, we have established the following guidelines for visitors until further notice:

  • All guests are required to wear a mask for the duration of their visit to campus.
  • Upon arrival quests will be asked to use hand sanitizer or soap and water to wash hands. Guests will also be asked a series of screening questions.
  • Please stay home when sick. If you have any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell or feeling feverish/measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, we ask that you stay home and reschedule your tour when you are well.


The Office of Admissions continues to operate, just differently. Applications are being processed, mail is being opened, and letters of admission are being sent. 

We're here to answer your questions through live chat, email, Zoom appointments, and a growing number of scheduled live events online


We recognize how challenging this situation can be for students trying to make their final college decision. New students for Fall 2020 are encouraged to visit our new admitted student page, designed to answer many of your questions.

To help relieve some of your anxiety, we've further extended our deadline to September 1, 2020. This is the date by which you must finalize your decision on whether or not to attend OSU-Cascades in the fall. Any Advance Tuition Deposits made to confirm your enrollment are refundable so long as you let us know of your change of plans by end of day on September 1. Confirming your enrollment is required to participate in Cascades START (orientation). We have also relaxed our policy on waiving deposits.  If you are experiencing financial difficulty and it is preventing you from confirming your enrollment at this time, you may request a deposit waiver at the confirmation link above.

In the meantime, we are asking all admitted freshmen for Fall 2020 to confirm at OSU. Your intent to enroll may be yes, no, or unsure; What you tell us is non-binding. We understand that your decision may change.; We simply want to know which way you are leaning so that we can best plan to serve our students this Fall. Students that have already confirmed their enrollment or told us they are not planning to attend OSU do not need to declare their intent to enroll.

Deferring your enrollment to a future term -

Admitted students for Fall 2020 who wish to defer their enrollment to a future term or year may review our policy for deferring admission and scholarships here.


In an effort to help with social distancing and to provide you with a space on campus you feel secure and safe this fall, we have made some changes to our room layouts and are now offering single occupancy rooms to all students for the 2020-2021 academic year. When choosing your room and roommate, you will now be only sharing the suite bathroom with the person. The housing application is now open! As a reminder, local students planning to live at home still need to complete the housing application and request an exemption.

Grades and transcripts

We understand that high school or college courses that were in progress when school was closed or course delivery methods were changed may be displayed as incomplete or with pass/fail grades or they may simply show that they were never really completed.  We also understand that the changes over the last several weeks may have impacted your performance in courses in progress.  OSU-Cascades will not rescind admission or scholarships based on the grading decisions made at your high school during this time. Final high school transcripts, when available, will need to be sent to OSU-Cascades indicating you’ve graduated. College transcripts, regardless of the current grades must be received and credit transfer will be determined using existing policy and process.

High school students who may have to continue instruction or have unforeseen delays in providing a transcript/diploma showing graduation date (required for disbursement of financial aid), we will be as flexible as the law allows. Please contact our office to discuss your particular situation.

AP and IB credit

AP - If you are taking AP exams at home this term you will be awarded credit based on the score earned in the same way we would have if you were at school and taking the longer exam.

IB - The IB Organization has indicated that there will not be exams at the end of the year but that they will provide similar score to colleges and universities based on an evaluation of your work in your IB courses thus far. We will continue to award credit for these scores according to our published exam credit policy based on these "exam-less" scores provided by IB.

Check out our AP and IB credits by subject/exam

Orientation (START)

New student orientation (called START) will be offered remotely this summer. You can still sign up by calling 541-322-3100 ext. 1. Registration for START is available to students who have confirmed their enrollment with their Advance Tuition Deposit. Visit our First-year and Transfer START pages to learn more about your individualized advising appointment and upcoming “Getting STARTed” virtual events.

Late applicants

Yes, OSU-Cascades is still accepting applications for Fall 2020. We recognize that these unprecedented times may have an impact on your original plans. We would love to have you join us here at OSU-Cascades. Admission will be considered holistically, taking into account educational disruptions students are currently encountering. For students who have not taken an ACT or SAT, you will be given the option to request that we consider your admission without test scores once you have submitted your application.

Transfer credit / "Pass" grading

OSU will transfer coursework completed as Pass credit. Spring 2020 term transfer courses completed as Pass credit can be used to complete major-specific requirements for graduation.

Writing and Math courses needed to qualify for transfer admissions may also be considered with a Pass grade.


OSU will be test-optional for Fall 2021 applicants. Don't sweat canceled test dates or lack of focus on standardized tests — at least not on our part. Learn more here.


If you are not already following us @osucascades on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter, please do so. This is a quick way for us to provide you with updates on the situation, as well as some fun content we are planning over the next few weeks.