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Student Life

The OCAC Experience

OCAC is an intentionally small, exceptionally student-centered art college gathering people from all over the country. Student life centers around the studio and the adventure of becoming an artist. The student body supports both social and professional activities.

Events are planned by Student Commonwealth, a student council, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty and staff advisors. In recent years, students have sponsored a visiting artist lecture series, inviting artists from the Portland vicinity to share their work at a monthly brown bag lunch. Other events include the Annual Family dinner, field trips to the coast, Halloween party and several other events which reflect the evolving interests and needs of OCAC's student body.

Student Services

Student Services provides an array of resources and services designed to support students in the pursuit of their academic, personal and career goals. Student Services' office, located in Enrollment Services, is a comfortable place where students can express their needs and get personalized attention and assistance. Some of the services provided are:

  • Mental health resources
  • Disability resources
  • TriMet passses for access to Portland's public transportation system
  • Information on local off-campus housing options and OCAC's roommate matching service
  • Information on current jobs opportunities, internships, study away opportunities, and career services for students
  • Calls to enter art exhibitions and other opportunities in the community
  • Assistance with navigating the student health insurance plan
  • OCAC's Student Handbook

OCAC has a Student Lounge, which gives students an informal space to gather together as peers, to hold study groups, take a nap, get mail, and to showcase student artwork.

Resources and Programs

Resident Life
Going away to college is very exciting; it can also be overwhelming at times. Many questions arise during the months before OCAC begins. Below you will find some information to help you decide if living in our Residence Life program is right for you.

Oregon College of Art and Craft offers double occupancy rooms (currently single rooms are unavailable) in alcohol free, non-smoking, co-ed student housing furnished with: living room sofa, chairs, a dining table with chairs, a desk and a twin bed with mattress pad.

Amenities currently include: 

  • kitchens with built-in full size appliances
  • closets
  • washer/dryer
  • shared off-street parking 
  • utilities: cable, wireless internet, water, electricity, trash and recycling

Note: Only licensed service animals are permitted in on-campus housing. 

In order to be considered for student housing, you must submit an application online here and a non-refundable $20 application fee must be made via credit card. After review of all applications, Student Services will contact applicants to clarify additional housing details (resident survey, security deposit, etc.) and to confirm housing placement. The application alone does not guarantee housing. If you are interested in other housing options, you may download the non-OCAC affiliated housing handout.

Cost: The cost of student housing for the 2018-2019 academic year (9 months) is $8,000 for a shared room (double occupancy) and utilities are included (cable, wireless internet, water, electricity, trash and recycling). Important to note: Residents are committed to a two semester contract (Monday, August 20th, 2018 - Tuesday, May 14th, 2019). 

Resident Assistants (RAs): Each resident will have access to our talented staff of live-in Resident Assistants (RAs) who are responsible for not only maintaining a safe and healthy living environment within student housing, but also for building community amongst residents.

Programs and Activities: A unique aspect of OCAC’s Residence Life program is participating in activities and programs in your living environment. Our well-trained staff of Resident Assistants provides an array of social, cultural and community activities and programs. Each event provides valuable learning opportunities, while enabling you to begin developing a sense of community within OCAC.

Communal Living: Within the OCAC Residence Life program, you will be assigned to a room based on similarities on the Roommate Questionnaire, sent when you are placed in a spot. Your experiences, strengths, and life skills such as: adaptation, transition, and compromise are developed through good communication and fostering communal integrity. You (and your roommates) are responsible for coordinating cleaning, grocery buying/sharing, decorating, and the frequency of guests. You are also expected to maintain the highest level of conduct.

Note: Failure to comply with OCAC regulations may result in removal from the Residence Life program, without compensation or refund.

Roommate Connections
Looking for a roommate to move in with or get to move into your place? Student Services keeps a list of new and returning students and shares it with potential matches. Fill out the online form to get on the list and be eligible to receive names of possible roommates! 

*OCAC provides this free services to assist students in securing their housing plans. The College makes no representation whatsoever regarding the housing, roommates or landlords listed by OCAC. Oregon College of Art and Craft expressly disclaims any and all responsibility for any problems that may arise. All prospective tenants are encouraged to exercise their own good judgment when evaluating a prospective rental unit or landlord, including thoroughly investigate and inspect any properties, accommodations, or other housing options before making final arrangements.

Oregon College of Art and Craft offers students the opportunity to do an internship as part of their degree requirements. Internships supplement the College's academic training and give students a unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience before graduation, as well as providing an introduction to a specific art field. The high-quality art-related experiences provided by an internship enhance the formal studio education available at the College and provide an effective way to bridge the gap between the academic environment and the practical world of employment.

Cross Registration
OCAC participates in a cross-registration program with other members of the Oregon Independent Colleges Association (OICA). Under this program, full-time OCAC students may enroll in one undergraduate course per semester at another OICA campus without paying additional tuition. Students may not cross-register for a course already offered at OCAC unless there is a legitimate scheduling conflict. Further details on the cross-registration program and a complete list of participating institutions are available from the registrar at

Mobility Program
Students may apply to spend a semester in a similar degree program at one of 35 participating institutions located in the US and Canada. Mobility students remain registered at OCAC, thus retaining residency and student aid eligibility while receiving credit towards completion of the OCAC degree.

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