OSU-Cascades: Central Oregon’s Four-Year University


Construction is underway on a 10-acre expansion of OSU-Cascades in Bend to support the campus’s growth into a four-year university. Located near the center of Bend, the campus will feature new classrooms, administrative offices, and student housing for more than 1,800 students.

The initiative was made possible by $16 million in state funding combined with over $4.6 million in gifts from supporters in Central Oregon and beyond.

At the heart of these gifts has been an outpouring of community support, including over $1.5 million that was donated in less than two months by more than 50 donors. In 2012, a $1 million donation from the Tykeson Family Charitable Trust was the first million-dollar gift to OSU-Cascades, while a previous gift from the Tykeson family established the first endowed faculty position on the campus.

A four-year university in Bend offers an extraordinary opportunity to create a culture of teaching, learning, and research. It will open doors for young adults and other students to enrich Central Oregon and invest in its long-term success. Local industries will gain partnerships, interns, and a skilled workforce. A stronger campus will increase the vibrancy of the area’s arts and culture, and it’s estimated that an additional $11,000 spent annually per student will benefit local businesses.

Thanks in part to a $500,000 gift from Lee and Connie Kearney, the campus buildings are being designed to support OSU-Cascades’ ultimate sustainability goal: a net-zero energy campus.  

The first project to be completed was Tykeson Hall: a 44,000-square-foot academic building providing classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, and student support offices. The campus celebrated its grand opening on Sept. 13, 2016.