Before You Sign Up for START
Pay your Advance Tuition Deposit
To confirm your attendance at OSU-Cascades you will be asked to submit the Confirmation form along with your $200 Advance Tuition Deposit. This can be done in your Beaver Basecamp account under “Next Steps Checklist.”
Complete START Online Orientation
START for fall term will be available in May each year. Sign up and complete your online orientation through Beaver Basecamp. A link will appear to Register for START under your Next Steps Checklist.
Registration for winter, spring or summer term START will open one to two months before the start of the term. The deadline to register for START is typically a week before classes start. Sign up and complete your online orientation through Beaver Basecamp. A link will appear to Register for START under your Next Steps Checklist.
The last day to begin winter 2024 START is January 5, but it is recommended it is completed by this date. Completion of the online orientation is required before you can meet with your academic advisor and registering for your classes.
Sign Up for Cascades Connections Day (fall term only)
Cascades Connections Day is an optional, in-person, full-day program that will give students and their families/guests an opportunity to connect with OSU-Cascades staff, faculty, resources and other new Bend Beavs. Learn about resources, health and wellness, student life and more.
Registration and more information will be available in May.
Preparing for START Advising Appointment
Placement Tests (IMPORTANT: Students must take the placement test at least a week prior to attending their advising appointment.
The ALEKS math placement exam is optional for students who have completed Math 111 or Math 105, however completion is recommended www.math.oregonstate.edu/mlc-placement-home.
If you are participating in DPP and plan to take COCC courses and you have not completed a college writing course, you must take a COCC placement test to assess your writing level. For information visit the COCC website. DPP students are also encouraged to complete the ALEKs Math Placement Test several days before advising appointment to ensure registration hold is removed at COCC.
If you have completed math and writing in college or if you have AP, IB or CLEP tests scores make sure you have those transcripts sent to OSU-Cascades as soon as possible. You will not be able to register for all courses until this is completed.
Student Account and Tools Set-Up
Students will need to access their various OSU student accounts and online learning tools. Please see Student Accounts Set-Up Guide and Technology Checklist
Suggestion: Check out the OSU Technology Accounts Guide for New Students guide to be ready for START, registration and your first term at OSU-Cascades. Be aware of OSU-Corvallis specific information that may not pertain to our students.
Sign Up for an Advising Appointment
Once you have completed the required online orientations and placement exams, a calendar for your academic advisor will display in your Beaver Basecamp. Please select the day and time of your choice to meet with your academic advisor. This initial meeting will focus on making course recommendations for fall term and will be completed on zoom.
Sign Up for Student-Finance Orientation
Receive in-depth information about tuition and fees, student accounts, billing cycles, financial aid and scholarships requirements and payment processes. Find dates.
Download OSU Mobile App
You can check grades, dining hall hours, class assignments and much more using the OSU Mobile app. Search for OSU Mobile and download the app for free, then choose OSU-Cascades as your campus.
Questions about START? Please call Enrollment Services at 541-322-3100 for more information or connect with your admission advisor listed in Beaver Basecamp.