These are challenging times, but that shouldn't stop you from attending college, making new friends, and have a fun time! The Office of Student Life is hosting a variety of virtual events this summer for newly-admitted students to meet one another and explore what our campus community has to offer. We encourage students to participate in as many virtual events as possible. 

New Student Programming


It's almost time to become a Bend Beav! Whether you are moving into the residence hall or attending Welcome Week, we're here to give you insight into your first few days as an OSU-Cascades student.

7:00 PM PT, Thursday, September 17 |


7:00 PM PT, Thursday, July 16 |

Interact with other incoming Bend Beavs and current student leaders in a virtual atmosphere; meeting new friends, making some mocktails, and comforting your nerves in these uncertain times in life and the world. Open to all committed and uncommitted students of the Class of 2024.


8:00 PM PT, Thursday, July 23 |

Join fellow first-year students in a social media-based event sharing your hobby/interest-based sidewalk chalk creations. Open to all committed and uncommitted students wanting to meet new friends through virtual icebreaker activities and the opportunity to have any questions answered by current students.

Using #newbendbeavschalkscape or tagging @osucascadesstudentlife in your story on Instagram, share your hobby/interest themed sidewalk creations with fellow classmates for the culminating virtual art walk on July 23, 2020 at 8 pm. All first year students with ATDs submitted should have received some surprise mail containing chalk and other Bend Beav themed items this week to get eager to start college. Even if you don’t feel comfortable sharing your masterpiece, come join this event because this is not going to be any old art gallery. 


7:00 PM PT, Wednesday, July 29 |

Join Cascades Adventures for BINGO with an adventure twist! Meet our amazing student trip leaders and other new students, hear more about the Headwaters trips and win fun SWAG and prizes! We’ll play 3-4 rounds, “BINGO” cards will be provided through a link in the Zoom chat. Please contact Julia Conrad at to get your link ahead of time if you’ll be unable to access Zoom and a browser.


7:00 PM PT, Tuesday, August 4 |

All first year students registered for Welcome Week are invited to our Student Mixer from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM PT on Tuesday, August 4. Our team will introduce the orientation leaders, answer questions about OSU-Cascades, and lead everyone in a fun game of Kahoot! Join us and meet your fellow Bend Beavs and orientation leaders!


Newly-admitted transfer students are invited to join us at one of two virtual social hours where our team will answer questions about the upcoming year.

Meet and Greet #1: 8:00 PM PT, Sunday, August 23 |

Meet and Greet #2: 8:00 PM PT, Thursday, August 27 |

“As a transfer student, I thought I didn’t need to go to Welcome Week. However, I had no idea about all of the resources I had available to me as a student. Even if you feel like it’s unnecessary, you will not regret attending even as a local or transfer student!” T.M. Moody ‘20

Virtual Orientation Groups

Gain exclusive access to weekly virtual programming and begin building meaningful friendships with a small group of other new students before you explore campus together at Welcome Week. Virtual Orientation Groups will be operated out of our online course platform, Canvas, and is accessible only to those who register for Welcome Week! We encourage students to participate in as many virtual orientation group meetings as possible over the summer. 

Week 1 - Student Mixer

Socializing with fellow future Bend Beavs online.

Week 2 - Game Night

Join your orientation group for a Jackbox game night.

Week 3 - Movie Night

Grab your popcorn and soda, get comfy, and watch a movie with your Welcome Week group.

Week 4 - Mask Decoration Night

Create a social distancing icebreaker—decorate your provided mask with your orientation group.

Week 5 - Art Night

Grab your watercolors and paint an iconic Oregon landmark with your Welcome Week group! No previous art experience needed.

Week 6 - Nametag Decoration Night

Decorate your nametag for Welcome Week.

Week 7 - "Ready for Fall" Social

Prepare for in-person orientation with info sessions, Q&A's, and other fun activities.