2019 Welcome Week

Sunday, September 22 – Friday, September 27

You did it! You're here. Begin your journey at OSU-Cascades with an action-packed week of activities. You'll connect with other incoming Bend Beavs, learn more about our campus community, and have fun trying new things. Open to all new first-year and transfer students.

Sunday, September 22

Residence Hall Move-in

Faculty and staff volunteers will assist with unloading.

Afternoon Activities
Farewell BBQ Dinner

Come join us for an evening of connection and relaxation as we celebrate our newest Bend Beavers. Parents and families are welcome.

Monday, September 23


Convocation is a university tradition that marks the start of the academic year, welcomes you into the academic community, and recognizes our responsibilities as members of that community. Join Vice President Becky Johnson, Dean of Academic Affairs Julie Gess-Newsome, our academic faculty and fellow incoming classmates to commemorate the start of the year ahead.

Faculty Luncheon
Afternoon Off-campus Outings

Hiking, floating, biking, shopping — Bend is the best place to explore.

New Transfer Student Welcome Dinner

Connect with other new transfer students over dinner.

Evening Activities

Tuesday, September 24

Morning Wake Up & Work Out
Gaming Tournament
Off-Campus Dinner

Check out some of Bend's best spots.

Wednesday, September 25

Classes Begin

Your first day as an OSU-Cascades student!

Morning Giveaways
Lawn Games

Thursday, September 26

Club & Resource Fair

Love to Ski? Climb? Gaming? Fly Drones? Interested in Social Justice? Being involved in campus clubs and is a great way to make lasting connections and increase your success as a student. Come and find out which one will be a perfect fit for you!

Spikeball Practice

Our second annual spikeball tournament is Friday. Will you be this year’s spikeball champ?

Friday, September 27

Bridge to Success Luncheon
Spikeball Tournament

Our second annual spikeball tournament.

Benny's Big Bash at Riverbend Park

Congratulations – you made it through Welcome Week! Reward yourself with carnival games, a great meal and celebrating the winners of the Welcome Week games.


“As someone who experienced Welcome Week as a first year student, I was able to fully immerse myself in my new environment with my new peers. This program is a wonderful opportunity to get connected and make memories!” -M.L. Hudson ‘21

Headwaters New Student Outdoor Trips

One of our favorite traditions at OSU-Cascades, Headwaters trips are new student outdoor trips that take place the week before Welcome Week. Choose from a canoe trip along the Deschutes River, a backpacking trip in the Cascades Lakes region, or a rock climbing and river rafting adventure. All new students including transfer students are welcome to register.

Learn More and Register Now

Register for Welcome Week

Contact Us

Questions? Please contact the Office of Student Life.

Tykeson Hall, Room 110
Phone Number: 541-322-3143

Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 541-322-3100.