First-Year Experience

Welcome to your first year!

The First-Year Experience includes programs to help new students become thriving members of the OSU-Cascades community. Here, you will find campus resources, academic advising information, tips and tricks, first-year events, and more! 


First Year Events

Fall Term

  • Headwaters New Student Outdoor Trips
  • Welcome Week
  • Welcome Club and Resource Fair

Winter Term

  • Winter Welcome
  • First Year and Transfer Student Ice Skating Night
  • Beaver Cup Trivia Challenge
  • First Year Laser Tag Night

Spring Term

  • Winter Welcome Club and Resource Fair
  • First Year and Faculty Night at the Museum
  • First Year Spring Field Trip
  • Tailgating into Finals

Helpful Information for First-Years Students


Building an Academic Path to Success

University Resources and Contacts

Cascades START and Welcome Week

Introductory Courses for First-Year Students

On-Campus Living and Dining