(Transfer students, click here for admissions requirements.)

Oregon State University - Cascades admission requirements promote student success by assessing student preparedness and academic potential in the unique context of each student's personal experience. Admission assessment will consider all achievements, both academic and non-academic, to enroll students with a broad range of characteristics and perspectives.

Please note that academic performance is not the sole criterion for admission to the university. The university may evaluate a person's behavior and background to determine their ability to maintain the standards of academic and professional conduct expected at the university. An evaluation may take into consideration current behavior and performance as well as past experiences and actions. Simply qualifying for admission does not guarantee admission.

Regular Admission Requirements

Standardized Test Scores:

OSU-Cascades requires students graduating high school to submit SAT or ACT scores. Applicants should submit an ACT or an SAT that includes the essay portion.

Note: Only scores sent electronically from College Board (SAT) and/or American College Testing (ACT) will be considered official and used for admission purposes.

It is not an advantage to pay extra for "rush" scores and in some cases may add to the time it will take to process the scores within our office.
The SAT college code for Oregon State University-Cascades is 4586.
The ACT college code for Oregon State University-Cascades is 6409.

Initial admission selections are based on a holistic assessment of the criteria listed below:

Strength of Curriculum:
  • Quality, quantity, and level of coursework throughout the entire high school program, especially coursework completed beyond the minimum courses required (see high school course requirements chart).
  • AP, IB, Oregon PASS, or college coursework completed or in progress.
  • Strength of the program taken within the context of the high school attended.
  • Completion of a progressively challenging math sequence, demonstrated by performance.
  • See how your credits transfer to OSU-Cascades
Academic Performance:
  • Preferred cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and completion of 15 required subject area courses.
  • Class rank taken in context with academic rigor and class size of high school attended.
  • Performance on standardized tests: SAT I, or ACT. SAT II subject tests will be considered when available.
Insight Resume:
  • Understanding of you as a unique, contributing individual.
  • Your accomplishments, perspectives, experiences, and talents.
  • Your achievements within the context of your social and personal circumstances.
  • Participation in activities that develop academic, intellectual, and leadership abilities.
High School Course Requirements

High school students must graduate from standard (private) or accredited (public) high schools.  (Home-schooled and GED students, please see requirements below listed under "Graduates of Non-Standard/Unaccredited High Schools & Home-Schooled Students")

College Preparatory Subjects

Minimum units

Grades received must be C- or above in each class.

English

4 years

 

Mathematics

3 years

Culminating at the Algebra II level or higher

Social Studies

3 years

 

Science

3 years

One year each of two different sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.)

Second Language
(not required if high school graduation or GED date prior to 1997)

2 years

May be met in any one of these ways:

  • Completing two years of the same high school-level second language
  • Earning grade of C- or higher in the third year of high school-level second language
  • Completing two consecutive quarters of the same college-level second language
  • Earning a satisfactory score on an approved assessment of second language knowledge
  • Demonstrating proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Completion of grades 1-7 at a school in which all courses are taught in a language other than English. (Documentation is required.)

Graduates of Non-standard or Unaccredited High Schools, Home-Schooled Students, and GED Recipients

Graduates of non-standard or unaccredited high schools, or home-schooled students will be considered for admission based on a holistic assessment using the following:

SAT and/or ACT

OSU-Cascades requires students graduating high school in the year 2011 and beyond to submit SAT or ACT scores.  Applicants for Fall 2016 should submit an ACT or an SAT that includes the essay portion (currently required as part of the test). 

Students applying to OSU-Cascades for terms after Fall 2016 can submit an ACT score, or either of the SAT tests - the current version that includes the mandatory essay portion, or the new 2016 version in which the essay will be an optional portion of the test.  OSU-Cascades prefers, but does not require the essay portion of the new SAT test that began being administered in March 2016.

Note: Only scores sent electronically from College Board (SAT) and/or ACT will be considered official and used for admission purposes. There is not an advantage to pay extra for "rush" scores from the testing agency, and in some cases may add to the time it will take to process the scores within our office.

The SAT college code for Oregon State University-Cascades is 4586.
The ACT college code for Oregon State University-Cascades is 6409.

SAT subject tests

OSU-Cascades requires students graduating from non-regionally accredited high schools and home-schooled students to provide scores from two SAT subject tests (Math I or II, and a second exam of the student’s choice).

Students who have 12 or more completed college credits in core subject areas (Math, Writing/English, Science) while pursuing their high school diploma will be considered as an alternative to the two SAT subject tests.

Insight Resume

OSU-Cascades seeks to look beyond grades and test scores to determine if applicants bring the necessary skills and abilities to be successful here.  Your answers to the Insight Resume, which is part of the OSU-Cascades application for admission, provides us with:

  • Understanding of you as a unique, contributing individual.

  • Your accomplishments, perspectives, experiences, and talents.

  • Your achievements within the context of your social and personal circumstances.

  • Participation in activities that develop academic, intellectual, and leadership abilities.

Additional Factors

  • Oregon State- University-Cascades is also looking for students who will lend educational and cultural diversity to our campus.  We are looking for students who go above and beyond the minimum whether in talent, academic ability or potential.  Combined with academic strengths, evidence of these characteristics may be considered in our review of applicants for admission.

  • Applicants who are ineligible to re-enroll at any college or university that they attended within the last seven years for student conduct reasons will be automatically declined admission at OSU-Cascades.  Applicants who are unable to re-enroll at a previous college or university for academic reasons will be considered for admission only if they meet OSU-Cascade’s minimum academic requirements.

Please note that academic performance is not the sole criterion for admission to the university. The university may evaluate a person's behavior and background to determine their ability to maintain the standards of academic and professional conduct expected at the university. An evaluation may take into consideration current behavior and performance as well as past experiences and actions.

GED Students

GED students will be considered for admission if they achieve an average GED score of at least:

  • 58, if taken prior to January 2002, with no subtest score less than 41

  • 580, if taken between January 2002 and December 2013, with no subtest score less than 410

  • 680 (total from 4 subject tests), if taken in January 2014 or later, with no subtest score less than 150

Students who take the GED test in the 1996-97 school year and later must pass two years of the same foreign language prior to admission. Foreign language taken at an unaccredited high school does not qualify. Additional ways to meet OSU-Cascade's foreign language requirement.

Non-cognitive skills and abilities demonstrated via a GED applicant’s Insight Resume (see above) are also considered in making admission decisions.

Applicants admitted on the basis of GED scores are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, but scores may be considered if available.

Degree Partnership Program with COCC

The OSU application will also inquire if you are interested in participating in the Degree Partnership Program. The program allows students seeking a bachelor’s degree to be jointly admitted and enrolled at both schools. Learn more.

To Apply

To be considered for admission to OSU-Cascades, submit:

  • Completed admission application
  • $65 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official SAT I or ACT scores
  • If Applicable:
    • Official AP or IB scores
    • Official college/university transcripts from all schools attended

Please mail additional materials, including transcripts, to:

OSU-Cascades
1500 SW Chandler Ave.
Bend, Oregon 97702