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)

The ATD applies to all newly admitted students and is your official way of confirming your intent to enroll at OSU and is payable online through myOSU portal.

3. Register for Duo

DUO provides secure two-step verification for your student records. Sign up for Duo

4. 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 OSU 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:
    • Go to and login with ONID credentials
    • Select the Paying for College
    • Select Financial Aid Awards
    • Select the appropriate year
    • Review your Terms & Conditions by selecting the Terms and Conditions
    • Select Accept Award Offer
    • Make your decisions about the aid that you want
    • Click Submit when done

5. 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. After you have been offered admission you will want to login into ScholarDollars for additional scholarship opportunities. We also recommend applying for scholarships outside of OSU.

6. Apply for on-campus housing

Apply here for 2019-2020 housing.
The 2020-2021 housing application opens mid to late February 2020. Take a virtual tour of our residence hall

7. Immunization record

All students must submit an immunization form to OSU-Cascades.

8. 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 Learn more about visiting campus.
  • Preview Days are scheduled throughout the year and are a great opportunity to check out campus & meet advisors, staff, faculty, and fellow students.

9. Submit college transcripts, AP and CLEP records, and complete ALEKs Math Placement Test

  • 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.
  • 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 here.

10. 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, ext. 1.

11. Attend Welcome Week

Welcome Week is our way to officially welcome you to campus with programs and events to help you make a smooth transition to campus. Learn more!

12. Start classes!

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