Congrats Bend Beaver! We are thrilled you are joining us at OSU-Cascades.

Next Steps for First-Year Students - Your guide to enrolling

1. Register your ONID account

  • Register your ONID account. ONID provides students official OSU email accounts, web server space, and access to CANVAS plus your student portal where you can pay your ATD to notify the Admissions Office that you are attending OSU-Cascades.

2. Pay your Advance Tuition Deposit (ATD)

3. Apply for financial aid

  • To be considered for financial aid from federal and state sources, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ( and list Oregon State University as one of your first six choices, with Federal School Code 003210. For the best chance of receiving aid, you should submit your FAFSA to the central processor by February 1.
  • Accepting Financial Aid: If you submitted your FAFSA, you will receive a Financial Aid Award Offer. This letter outlines your financial aid package listing the financial assistance Oregon State can offer to help bridge the gap between your own resources and the cost of attending Oregon State. You can accept, reject, or revise your Financial Aid Award through MyOSU by completing the following steps:
    < >-Select the Paying for College tab

    -Select Financial Aid Awards

    -Select the appropriate year

    -Review your Terms & Conditions by selecting the Terms and Conditions tab

    -Select Accept Award Offer tab

    -Make your decisions about the aid that you want; Click Submit when done

4. Apply for other scholarship opportunities

  • The OSU Admission Application included a scholarship section that covers the majority of OSU's various scholarship opportunities. Some OSU colleges and academic departments offer scholarships to students majoring in their programs. You should contact your major department for availability or visit our Financial Aid page.

5. Apply for on-campus housing

6. Immunization record

7. Visit campus

  • If you have not visited OSU-Cascades or wish to become more familiar with the campus, please come visit us at any time. To schedule a personal visit, give us a call at 541-322-3119 or email
  • Preview Days are scheduled throughout the year and are a great opportunity to check out campus & meet advisors, staff, faculty, and fellow students.

8. 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.

9. Attend Cascades START (new student orientation)

  • Cascades START (new student orientation) is an opportunity for new OSU-Cascades students to come meet with an academic advisor based on the major you state when you sign-up for orientation, and register for courses. In addition, both students and parents are provided useful information to familiarize them with OSU-Cascades, including information on financial aid, campus policies, and student account set-up. You will be invited to attend orientation once the Advance Tuition Deposit (ATD) is paid. For questions about Cascades START, call 541-322-3100.

10. Attend Welcome Week

  • Welcome Week is OSU-Cascades' orientation program for new students. Learn more!

11. Start classes!

  • View the OSU-Cascades Academic Calendar for the start of each term & important dates.