Fall Term at OSU-Cascades

We’re planning to welcome new and returning students to campus this fall, and maximize face-to-face instruction. Our phased resumption of classes and on-site activities begins this summer and prioritizes health and wellness.


OSU Resumption Plan

Throughout OSU plans are underway to resume classes, follow expert guidance from state and local public health authorities, and to be ready and flexible should health conditions change. Learn more

Your Health Is Our Priority

You’ll see evidence of our focus on health and wellness throughout campus. OSU-Cascades' public health strategy is also supported by a partnership with Deschutes County Health Services. Learn more


Campus prevalence testing, increased sanitation protocols, social distancing and public health measures such as face coverings.


Access to diagnostic testing for every student and staff member suspected to have COVID-19.


Identify virus transmission within a community by contract tracing.


Employees and students with symptoms to self-isolate.


Employees and students with close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases to self-quarantine for 14 days.


Access to care and support provided to affected students, including medical care, access to food and support in their academic progress.


80% of Classes Fully or Partially Face-To-Face

We’re working to safely bring students back into the classroom fall term, Sept. 23 - Dec. 11. You may also experience hybrid classes with both classroom and remote components, or classes conducted fully remotely to assist with physical distancing. Other changes include:

  • Classroom furniture set to achieve physical distancing.
  • Class transition times extended by five minutes to avoid crowding and facilitate low-density traffic.
  • Enhanced sanitation and cleaning throughout campus and in classrooms.
  • Class formats noted in the Schedule of Classes beginning mid-July.


100% of Classes Available for Remote Learning

New technology in all classrooms allows virtual participation, especially for students with underlying health conditions who are more vulnerable to COVID-19.


A Community That Cares About Health

The OSU TRACE-COVID-19 study research team concluded in May that one person in 1,000 in Bend had the virus that causes COVID-19. The results are a snapshot in time, but noting the low prevalence, researchers pointed to the community's vigilance in physical distancing, wearing of masks and following staying home orders.


Excellent Teaching. Faculty Who Know You.

With an average 18 students per class, you can see why students say faculty make all the difference. And while face-to-face instruction is what we love, whether your class meets in-person, or via hybrid or remote instruction, you’ll experience the same commitment from your professors. That’s their promise.


Keep Going. It Will Make A Difference.

These are challenging times, but a stalled academic journey can mean a life interrupted. We’ll help you stay focused on your goals, with academic advising and career resources to keep you on track, and help you land internships and that first job.


Single Rooms for Housing Students

Our student housing program focuses on community health and safety, with single rooms offered to each residential student. Learn more


Outside of the Classroom Is Just As Important As In

Making new friends is a big part of college life. Our Student Life team is ready to welcome you back to campus with a slate of activities where you’ll meet fellow Bend Beavs, share hobbies and find adventure, all while staying safe. Learn more


Your Commitment, Our Support

We recognize these are challenging times for many students. Our financial aid and scholarship resources have increased in response. Learn more.

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Dining Hall with Physical Distancing
Coffee Shop with Physical Distancing, All Residence Hall Rooms Are Single Occupancy, Classroom Physical Distancing, Labs with Physical Distancing