The OSU Honors College at OSU-Cascades

The Honors College and OSU-Cascades are pleased to provide OSU-Cascades students with the opportunity to be part of the Honors College experience. The OSU Honors College welcomed its first cohort of honors students at OSU-Cascades in the fall of 2017 and has since grown from 7 to over 30 students. The first OSU-Cascades HC students graduated in 2019.

How to Apply

The application for the Honors College is an optional part of the OSU-Cascades application for admission for first-year students. Transfer students and current OSU-Cascades students can apply via the Honors College website. Currently, the Honors College is accepting applications from current OSU-Cascades students each term. Minimum criteria for Honors College application consideration may be found here. For questions about Honors College admission or for access to the HC application, contact us at or 541-737-3027.

Honors Link — Honors College News and Stories

Small Setting, Big Opportunities as the Honors College grows at OSU-Cascades


For high-achieving high school students who want to live in Central Oregon — and many of them do — having the Honors College at OSU-Cascades means they can continue along their path with advanced classes, unique research opportunities and interdisciplinary studies offered at the Bend campus. They’ll also graduate with the Honors Baccalaureate, Oregon State’s most prestigious undergraduate degree.

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Honors Courses

Each year, honors courses that serve a variety of majors and interests will be offered at OSU-Cascades. Current course listings can be found here. Honors courses are designed to offer deeper engagement and hands-on learning, adhering to the philosophy that honors means a different learning style rather than more work.

A Collaborative Community

In addition to enriching academics, the Honors College offers a collaborative community with residence hall options, study space, and experiences outside of the classroom including annual trips, events and activities. HC students at OSU-Cascades have access to:

  • Priority registration
  • An Honors Themed Living Option within the OSU-Cascades Residence Hall
  • Honors College Learning Lounge available to all HC students
  • Complimentary printing
  • Community events including:
    • Coffee with the dean
    • Welcome dinner & induction
    • Adventure trips
    • Career development opportunities
    • Service to the community