Oregon State University announced Wednesday that it’s raised more than $4.6 million in private donations for the expansion of its Cascades campus in Bend. That exceeds the school’s initial fundraising target of $4 million set back in 2012.
OSU Cascades Director of Communications Christine Coffin said hitting that goal marks a significant milestone in the establishment of a full four-year university in Bend by 2015.
“It’s a really remarkable moment to celebrate,” said Coffin. “And as much as we’re actively celebrating it, we know that we still have plenty of work to do.”
OSU made its announcement just hours after representatives signed final paperwork on the school’s first land acquisition. Coffin said the 10-acre parcel in west Bend will be home to both academic and residential facilities. OSU Cascades is preparing to welcome about 1,100 students when the new campus opens in fall of 2015.