OSU-Cascades is located in Bend, Oregon

Bend is a place where you can thrive

Bend is a growing city surrounded by mountains, forests and high desert rangeland. It has lots to offer new students, from outdoor activities and festivals, to amazing places to intern and volunteer. And while it’s growing, Bend is still small enough that your contributions will make a difference.

Best outdoor town

Bend is minutes from world-class skiing at Mt. Bachelor, and that’s just the beginning. Central Oregon is known for an extensive mountain bike trail system, fishing and playing on the Deschutes River, hiking and camping at high mountain lakes, and Smith Rock, a rock-climbing mecca that attracts experts and first-time climbers. You’ll have a 2.5 million acre natural laboratory to gain hands-on experience in the outdoors.

Arts & entertainment

From the BendFilm festival to Oregon Winterfest to First Friday Art Walks, Bend is home to a thriving local arts community. The summer concert series at the Les Schwab Amphitheater is walking distance from campus. Enjoy a musical at the historic Tower Theatre or attend a reading by a nationally recognized author.

On any given day you might:

  • Catch a movie at the Old Mill District
  • Work on a research project at a local tech company
  • Bike downtown for a festival
  • Monitor wildlife on the Deschutes River
  • Walk to a concert at the Les Schwab Amphitheater
  • Catch up on class reading at a local coffee shop
  • Volunteer to help clear mountain bike trails
  • Head out with Cascades Adventures to climb South Sister

The experts agree

2016 Best-Performing City
#1 Small Metro (1st in Job Growth, 2nd in # of High-Tech industries, 4th in Wage Growth)
Miliken Institute

Best Small City for Business and Careers 2016

Bicycle Friendly Community
League of American Bicyclists, November 2017

One of the top 52 destinations in the world to visit in 2015
Bend listed as #30
New York Times, Jan. 11, 2015

One of America’s 10 best destinations for outdoor enthusiasts
USA Today

One of 15 U.S. cities with the best restaurant scene
Huffington Post

One of world's top 25 ski towns
National Geographic, February 2, 2012

One of the nation’s top cycling towns
USA Today, April 18, 2014

The world’s best SUP getaway
Outside, March 4, 2014

The nation's dog-friendliest town
Dog Fancy, 2012

The country’s #1 town for sportsmen
Outdoor Life, April 7, 2011

America’s #1 ski town for breweries
USA Today, January 22, 2014

America's top adventure town
Men's Journal

One of the nation's top 5 equestrian communities
Equitreking.com, Oct. 2, 2012

One of the top 10 fly fishing towns in the U.S.
Fly Fisherman

One of the best fishing towns in America, #8
Field & Stream, January 8, 2008

The best trail running town, #6
Outside, 2010

One of the country's top five ski towns #3
Travel + Leisure 

The #1 mountain biking town in the United States
Mountain Bike Action