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FAQs - Alumni

Will my degree from OCAC still be considered valuable?
Yes, your degree from OCAC is still a valid degree with full regional accreditation. 

Are my credits considered regionally accredited, even if the college is closed?

How do I obtain official transcripts NOW—before the college’s closure?
The current process to request transcripts has not changed. Alumni can order official transcripts online. Instructions for ordering transcripts are posted HERE and below.

Official Transcripts
OCAC has partnered with Parchment to order and send your transcripts securely. Official transcripts may be ordered online HERE: Request Official Transcript.

What will happen to my academic records after closure?  
OCAC intends to preserve academic records and make them accessible after closure. We are working to transfer records to a custodial institution. More details will be provided as soon as they are available.

How do I obtain official transcripts AFTER the college closes?
Starting June 24, 2019, you may order transcripts through the Pacific Northwest College of Art.  For more information please visit

What will happen to the OCAC campus after the college closes?
As part of the closure process, OCAC is required to consult the Oregon Attorney General's Office regarding various decisions about the college’s assets. As of OCAC’s closure following the spring term, we are pleased to announce the sale of the OCAC campus to our longtime neighbor, Catlin Gabel School. While this news may be bittersweet for much of our community, we also know many will be relieved that the campus has been sold to Catlin Gabel, a school with deep connections to OCAC.

While the sale is final as of today, April 29, 2019, OCAC will temporarily lease back property from Catlin Gabel to ensure our students are able to complete the May term and allow for an orderly closure after our final commencement ceremony on May 19. OCAC plans to cease all operations at the end of May 2019. We will continue to share updates on the upcoming closure as new information is available. Read the full Property Sale Announcement HERE

What will happen to all of OCAC's assets? Can I ask for, or purchase, a specific item?
In following with OCAC’s century long tradition of supporting academic and arts-based charitable organizations we will be prioritizing the distribution of our studio equipment and tools to regional non-profit organizations for utilization in their current programs. After that process is complete, for profit entities and individuals will be invited on campus to view and purchase remaining studio equipment and tools. Date of studio sales is to be determine. For more information, please contact Michael Oreste in the Office of Advancement at or 971-255-4212.

What will happen to OCAC's permanent collections?
OCAC is reaching out to local and regional art museums to gauge their interest in acquiring items held in our permanent collection.


Is the OCAC library open?
As of May 17, 2019, the library is no longer open. 

Can I still check out OCAC books?
As of May 17, 2019, the library is no longer open. 

Can I still borrow items through interlibrary loans?
As of May 17, 2019, the library is no longer open. 

When are my library items due back?
Everything must be returned by May 10, 2019 and OCAC community members will be billed for items not returned. 

What will happen to my WCCLS library card?
On May 20, all OCAC student and faculty library cards will automatically change to be registered at the nearby Cedar Mill Library. Cards will also be updated to be “limited borrower,” meaning you can still check out up to 5 items at a time at any WCCLS library, ILL services will cease, and library items will start accruing fines. Your card will expire on November 20, 2019.  If you would like to check out more items or extend your library expiration date, please visit any WCCLS library with ID and proof of current address. To verify your identlty anything current with your name and photo is ideal- a driver's license, school ID, work badge, passport, or military ID for example. To verify your address a driver's license, recent bill or utility statement or rental agreement will suffice.

What can I do with a WCCLS library card?
Use your library card to download e-books and audiobooks and stream movies, or visit a WCCLS library for access to over 1 million other items, including things like crockpots and board games.

Where are WCCLS libraries located?
View map, contact information, and hours

What if I have questions about my library account?
After May 17, 2019, please contact a WCCLS library with questions.

What will happen to OCAC library items?We are pleased to announce that Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) has dispersed nearly 12,000 items from the campus library.  This includes books, special collections, publications, periodicals, and ephemera.  The OCAC library contained a specialized curated collection of books and periodicals about craft, photography, ceramics, painting and drawing, book arts, metals, wood, art history, and the creative process.  We were able to re-home more than 6,000 books to local libraries and arts-education organizations.  The more than 5,000 remaining books and periodicals will be utilized by The Friends of the Hillsboro Public Library for charitable purposes to benefit the Hillsboro Public Library.  Read the full statement HERE.

What is happening to the the collection of OCAC thesis? 
PNCA is excited to care for the OCAC thesis collection and make them available to future art students, practitioners and researchers. 

What will happen to the library’s digital repositories?  
We have collaborated with ARTSTOR to ensure that our digital image collections remain accessible to a wide audience on their platform.


Technology Systems Information

How long will the college’s technology systems be accessible?
Academic and non-academic technology systems will be accessible to Alumni until June 30, 2019.

How can I download data from my OCAC Google Account?
Google has a tool called Takeout that enables you to download all of your data. Please view this help article, and then log into your OCAC Google Account and visit:

Note that information in Team Drives will not be downloaded during this process; you will need to download those files individually.

If you have your own personal Google Account, you can Transfer Your Content here: (Note: This process does not transfer everything; it’s mainly used for email and Google docs. Visit this FAQ for more info.)

Can I set up email forwarding? For how long?
After your final day of access, we will not be able to forward email from OCAC addresses. After we disable our email system, individuals emailing addresses will receive a bounce back message indicating that the email address does not exist. Please update your contacts with a new email address.

If you have questions not answered here, please reach out to Chris Perisho at

Important Note: For the most accurate, up-to-date information about the closure, please see where we will be sending pertinent communication