An April 2015 citywide survey of 300 randomly selected adults in Bend, Oregon – found that there is strong support (70%) among Bend residents for more higher education options for Bend and Central Oregon residents and a very strong belief (84%) that as the largest region in Oregon without a four-year university, Central Oregon is overdue for a university that can provide education opportunities and improve economic stability and innovation.

Read more on the Survey Methodology here.

The survey results found that support for an OSU-Cascades campus on the west side of Bend is strongest among those 45 and younger (67%), those with annual household incomes under $50,000 (64%) and those who live within one mile of the proposed campus (60%). Campus expansion enjoys equal support from Democrats (63%) and Republicans (62%), and those that live on the west (59%) and east (59%) sides of Bend.


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Survey Highlights

Which of the following is more important to you personally about a new OSU campus in Bend?
•Where the new campus will be located in the city
•The education programs that will be available to the community

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The largest region in our state without a four-year university is overdue for one to serve our children, provide a trained workforce for employers and nurture economic innovation.

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An urban-integrated campus that provides academic, economic and cultural benefits to the surrounding community is better than no campus at all.

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