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FAQs - Students

Does closure mean I won’t be able to complete my degree or certificate at OCAC?
Students who complete all degree or certificate requirements by the end of Spring 2019 will earn their degree or certificate from OCAC. Students who do not complete requirements by then will be referred to a partner institution for completion. More information about partner institutions will be provided as it becomes available. Students may also choose to transfer to another school of their choice, and OCAC is willing to help our students make a smooth transition. Please view OCAC's Student Handbook Addendum (Updated: March 7, 2019) for additional information.

What happens to the credits I have taken at OCAC?
Credits earned at OCAC are valid even after the college has closed. OCAC is regionally accredited and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Other regionally accredited and/or NASAD accredited institutions consider such credits for transfer.

Will other institutions accept my OCAC credits as transfer courses?
Each institution makes decisions about which credits and how many credits it will accept in transfer. 

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

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

What will happen to my academic records after closure?  
OCAC finalized a custodian agreement with the Pacific Northwest College of art (PNCA).  A private fine arts and design college located in Northwest Portland, PNCA will serve as the custodian of OCAC's student and alumni records.

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

Will the college still hold commencement ceremonies for students finishing in spring semester?
Yes commencement activities will continue as planned.

What if I am on leave or need to take time off from my studies. Can I come back later and still complete my degree even if the college is closing?
Spring 2019 will be our final semester of academic instruction at OCAC. Your credits earned at OCAC are valid to transfer to another institution, where you can pursue your degree when you are ready to resume your studies. Please view OCAC's Student Handbook Addendum (Updated: March 7, 2019) for additional information.

What happens to coursework that I have Incomplete (I) or In Progress (IP) grades in?
Students need to complete all requirements by the end of Spring 2019. All outstanding assignments must be submitted to your instructor by May 31 so that OCAC can put a final grade on your transcript. Students who are not able to complete by that deadline have the option to petition for a late withdrawal. The registrar can assist with determining the best course of action for your particular situation. Please view OCAC's Student Handbook Addendum (Updated: March 7, 2019) for additional information.

What if I have not completed my thesis or exhibition by the end of Spring 2019?
Students need to complete all requirements, including thesis and/or exhibition, by May 31, 2019 in order for OCAC to award your degree. Your thesis advisor can work with you to help you meet this timeline. Please view OCAC's Student Handbook Addendum (Updated: March 7, 2019) for additional questions.

How do I order transcripts to send to transfer schools?
You can order transcripts or request electronic delivery at

I have disability accommodations at OCAC. Do I have to go through the same application process when I transfer to another institution?
Because each institution has different processes in place, it will be up to that institution to guide you on specifics. You may request copies of your disability accommodations at OCAC if you require that information.

Admission deadlines at many schools have passed for the 2019–2020 academic year. Did I miss the window to enroll somewhere else this fall?
We are working to partner with other art schools to make special arrangements to admit impacted OCAC students. Red House advisors can assist you in finding the best option.

If I finish my degree after Spring 2019, what will my diploma say? Who will my degree be from?
After Spring 2019, you will need to transfer to another institution to finish your degree. The diploma will be awarded by that institution.


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 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 services, 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 and your OCAC email account, where we will be sending pertinent communication. Visit the Student Handbook Addendum (Updated: March 7, 2019) for additional information.