The OSU Honors College at Cascades

The Honors College and OSU-Cascades are pleased to provide OSU-Cascades students with the opportunity to be part of the Honors College experience. The OSU Honors College admitted its first cohort of honors students at OSU-Cascades in the fall of 2017 and has since grown from 7 to over 30 students. in 2019 the first students to complete their degree entirely at OSU-Cascades were awarded the Honors Baccalaureate. 

How to Apply

The application for the Honors College is included in OSU-Cascades application for admission for first-year and transfer students. Current OSU-Cascades students can apply via the Honors College website. Currently, the Honors College is accepting applications from current OSU-Cascades students each term. Minimum criteria for Honors College application consideration may be found here. If you have questions about Honors College admission or the HC application process, contact us at [email protected] or 541-737-6400.

The Honors College Offers New Destinations

Gertrude Villaverde ’19 knew she wanted to be an engineer and chose OSU-Cascades for its signature program in energy systems engineering. The multidisciplinary program fit her interest in sustainability and addressing climate change. She joined the first freshman class when the Bend campus expanded to a four-year university in 2015.

Two years later, when the Honors College was added, Gertrude joined its initial cohort and is one of the first OSU-Cascades admitted students to graduate with the Honors Baccalaureate.


Honors Link — Honors College News and Stories

Small Setting, Big Opportunities

For highly-achieving students who want to live in Central Oregon — and many of them do — having the Honors College at OSU-Cascades means they can continue along their path with advanced classes, unique research opportunities and interdisciplinary studies offered at the Bend campus. They’ll also graduate with the Honors Baccalaureate, Oregon State’s most prestigious undergraduate degree.


A Collaborative Community

In addition to enriching academics, the Honors College offers a collaborative community with, study space and experiences outside of the classroom including annual trips, events and activities. HC students at OSU-Cascades have access to:

  • Priority registration
  • Honors College Learning Lounge available to all HC students
  • Complimentary printing
  • Community events including:
    • Coffee with the dean
    • Welcome dinner & induction
    • Summer and winter reading groups
    • Career development opportunities
    • Student research showcases
    • Student Leadership Circle
    • Service to the community

Honors College Advising and Course Planning

Students in the Honors College work directly with professional Honors College academic advisors as well as their major academic advisor. Honors College academic advisors can help you navigate and understand your Honors College requirements, including the thesis.

Each year, honors courses that serve a variety of majors and interests are offered at OSU-Cascades. Honors courses are designed to offer deeper engagement and hands-on learning, adhering to the philosophy that honors means a different learning style rather than more work.

Honors course credit can be earned by completing specific Honors College courses. Alternatively, a non-Honors College course may fulfill Honors College credits if an instructor and student agree to an Honors College Contract Option.

Current Course Listing

Honors College Contract Option

Honors College Advising

Contact Patrick Ball, OSU-Cascades Honors College Program Coordinator