FAQ

WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?

Sessions are taught by OSU-Cascades or OSU faculty members, undergraduate student researchers, or regional education partners. See Academic Tracks for more information about your instructors.

 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN SUMMER ACADEMY?

Any high school student entering grade 10, 11 or 12 in fall 2023.

 

DO I HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT TRANSPORTATION DURING THE DAY?

Activities that take place off-campus during Summer Academy will include transportation in an OSU vehicle, driven by trained undergraduate students or staff. Day attendees will need to arrange for their own transportation to and from campus each day.

 

HOW ARE STUDENTS BEING SUPERVISED DURING SUMMER ACADEMY?

During academic tracks, outdoor activities and travel around campus, instructors, assistants and undergraduate student chaperones will supervise students. During recreation and excursion activities, OSU-Cascades Cascades Adventures staff or representatives of vendor companies will be with Summer Academy participants. Participants who overnight in the residence hall will be supervised by OSU-Cascades' resident assistant staff, undergraduate student chaperones and the program director.

 

WHAT DO STUDENTS DO AFTER DINNER FOR THE OVERNIGHT PROGRAM?

OSU-Cascades' undergraduate student chaperones and resident assistant staff will provide evening activities, ranging from movie nights, to board games, to low-ropes team building activities. Summer Academy participant teams will also work together on projects and meet for reflection activities.

 

WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST MY STUDENT BRINGS FOR THE OVERNIGHT PROGRAM?

For the overnight program, participants will enjoy a room furnished with extra-long twin beds, dresser, desk and chair. A pillow and basic set of sheets and towels are included, as well as access to free guest WiFi and cable television in the main lounges. We recommend packing:

  1. Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  2. Clothes for the week
  3. Any additionally desired bed linens, pillows or towels, etc. 
  4. Laptop, tablet, books, games and items for entertainment in rooms after the day’s activities unwind.
  5. Identification, insurance cards, emergency contacts
  6. Spending money if they want to purchase additional snacks or BendBeav gear. Spending money IS NOT REQUIRED.

 

WHAT CAN WE DO IF GETTING TO CAMPUS IS TOO DIFFICULT?

For guests arriving from 3+ hours away, out-of-state, and internationally, we may be able to work with you on options ranging from overnight accommodations for parent/guardian/families, to airport shuttle runs. We don't want you to miss out on this opportunity, so let us know if this is something that we can accommodate!

Contact Nicki Migdal, program director, before registering regarding transportation.

 

WHAT IF MY STUDENT HAS DIETARY RESTRICTIONS? WILL THEY BE ACCOMMODATED?

The Summer Academy registration portal provides a section where participants can share dietary or other restrictions. OSU-Cascades dining staff are experienced in accommodating students' dietary needs and are glad to work with Summer Academy participants.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW FOR CHECK-IN?

Day Program – Check-in will take place in Obsidian Hall, where participants will and receive a dining card and ID badge. Please bring the participants' valid state ID, or if that is not available, please be sure that a parent/guardian accompanies the participant at check-in. 

Overnight Program – Check-in will take place in Obsidian Hall between 1p.m. and 2:45 p.m. on the first day (Sunday) of your program. Participants will receive a dining card, ID badge and room access card. Please bring the participants' valid state ID, or if that is not available, please be sure that a parent/guardian accompanies the participant at check-in. Following check-in, participants may take their belongings to their room in the residence hall, then report to residence hall main lobby for tours and activities. 

 

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF THE EVENT?

At the concluding event, participants will share reflections on the week, submit or present final projects, and take a quick assessment of their Summer Academy experience to help us to continue to improve the program.

 

HOW DOES MY STUDENT RECEIVE THE $500 OSU-CASCADES SCHOLARSHIP? IS IT TRANSFERABLE TO CORVALLIS?

Summer Academy participants who complete the program will qualify for a $500 scholarship for OSU-Cascades to be applied the fall term immediately following graduation from high school. The scholarship is only valid at OSU's campus in Bend. The scholarship is kept on record in the OSU-Cascades Enrollment Services Office and will automatically apply to the student's first term at OSU-Cascades when they enroll.

 

WHAT IS THE COST OF ATTENDANCE?

Overnight Option - $1195, includes:

  • 6 days with daily classes in selected academic track and outdoor recreation trips, including transportation and equipment.
  • 5 nights of accommodations in OSU-Cascades residence hall, supervised by live-in conference housing resident advisor staff and camp chaperones.
  • 5 nights evening programming in residence hall.
  • Basic linen and towel package (bring bed linens, towels, pillows; make it as comfortable as you like)
  • All meals + snacks.
  • A $500 scholarship to OSU-Cascades that can be applied toward tuition for the fall term immediately following senior year

Day Option - $749, includes:

  • 6 days daily classes in selected academic track, plus outdoor recreation trips including transportation and equipment
  • All meals + snacks
  • A $500 scholarship to OSU-Cascades that can be applied toward tuition for the fall term immediately following senior year

 

WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY FOR THE SUMMER ACADEMY?

Due to the nature of this special event, refunds can ONLY be given in the following circumstances:

  • Before June 1, 2023 – 50% refund + $75 cancelation fee
  • Between June 1, 2023 and June 15, 2023 - 25% refund
  • After June 15 - We cannot accept refund requests; full fees are retained

 

SUMMER CAN MEAN SMOKY SKIES. HOW DO YOU MANAGE OUTSIDE EVENTS?

The health and safety of participating youth and camp staff is OSU-Cascades’ top priority. Our staff follow OSU's rules and guidance for outdoor camps/events during wildfire smoke episodes:

101-150 AQI: At higher end of range, consider moving activities indoors. 
151-200 AQI: Consider cancellation of more intense outdoor events or move events indoors. 
201-300 AQI: Cancel outdoor events involving activity (e.g., sports).  Consider cancellation of outdoor events that do not involve activity (e.g., concerts). 
301-500 AQI: Cancel all outdoor events and camp activities. Consider cancellation of indoor camps that require participants or families to travel to and from campus. 

During each Summer Academy session, professional staff meet daily, review AQI levels and a smoke forecast and plan for any activity adjustments. Classes and labs, all meals, two afternoon recreation activities and several evening activities are held indoors and unlikely to be affected by smoke. Should outdoor activities be affected, staff will consider options such as relocating the activity, changing to an indoor activity on- or off-campus, or remaining outdoors and limiting strenuous exercise.
 

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Nicki Migdal, program director at nicki.migdal@osucascades.edu or 541-706-2166.