The Future Campus

Creating a Community and Regional Asset for Years to Come

To serve the Central Oregon’s educational, economic and cultural goals, OSU-Cascades’ campus needs to grow. The campus will expand onto the adjacent 46-acre former pumice mine property and a 72-acre former Deschutes County landfill, pending the final purchase of the latter. Separately and together, the properties provide a rare opportunity to reclaim land considered unusable, develop sustainably and with minimum impact on neighbors, and create what will be a community and regional asset for years to come.



Encompassing a 128-acre campus footprint, the university’s master plan reflects a nearly two-year, public long-range development planning process. Community feedback and student and faculty input was gathered across areas important to the future campus including sustainability, community integration, health and wellness, and arts, culture and enrichment, as well as access locations and building placement.


Academic programs at OSU-Cascades reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Input from area businesses and industry has helped develop and enhance programs in computer science, energy systems engineering, hospitality management, kinesiology and others. At full build out, the university will offer as many as 50 others. Factors considered in identifying future fields of study include student and national employer demand, and match with OSU-Cascades undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Economic Impact

Over the next nearly 20 years, OSU-Cascades will serve 3,000 to 5,000 students. Its expansion will support research and innovation, community engagement, and the regional and statewide economies. Campus operations and construction — and the economic ripple effect they create — will bring more than $273 million to Oregon, statewide, in 2034.

Continuing Campus Operations Impact

Through payroll, and the purchase of goods and services by the university, campus operations will have direct, indirect and induced economic benefits throughout the state.

Job Creation in Deschutes County and Oregon

As campus operations expand, new employees will be hired at the campus, and in local and statewide businesses.


State Income Taxes

Through increased employment at the campus and through indirect and induced jobs, contributions to state income taxes will increase to more than $4.8 million in 2034.