OSU-Cascades welcomes first freshman class

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Oregon State University-Cascades
will offer lower division courses to 100
freshmen students next fall according
Jane Reynolds, director of enrollment
services.
However, the cost of the new OSUCascades
courses and the lack of housing
may keep many students at Central
Oregon Community College for housing
purposes.
“For the current school year with a
45-credit load, COCC charges an in-district
student about $4,000, not including
room and board. In-state tuition and fees
at OSU- Cascades is $7,800, and when
combined with room and board and other
expenses, the total is about $21,000, according
to one of those glossy mailers,”
reported The Bulletin. “And because
OSU-Cascades won’t have a dorm built
by the fall, OSU-Cascades freshmen will
be living in COCC dorms.”
Currently, OSU-Cascades teaches its
upper-division courses out of Cascades
Hall on the COCC campus and there are
no plans to expand in order to accommodate
the additional 100 students projected
for the fall.
“We’re already pretty full,” said Director
of Enrollment Services and Student
Success Jane Reynolds in an interview
with KTVZ. “It’s a juggle for us.
It’s going to be tight for the next couple
years.”
“We already teach across the day, but
we’ll probably be starting a little earlier
and ending a little later,” Reynolds said.
“We may have to use some of our space
in the Graduate Research Center.”
The Graduate Research Center is
about two and half miles from Cascades
Hall on SW Columbia Street.
On the other hand, the benefits of
staying within a single university for
four years may outweigh the temporary
inconvenience of limited facilities.
“Studies show that students who become
part of the community right away
are more successful,” said OSU-Cascades
Academic Advisor Dianna Mc-
Ginnis in a press release.
The application deadline for incoming
freshmen is September 1.

 

Kelli Pangle | The Broadside
(Contact: kpangle@cocc.edu)

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