Nov. 7, 2001

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714
Bob Kieran, 541-346-5758

Universities Set New Record Enrollment at 73,883

EUGENE - For the second time in two years, Oregon's public universities have set a new record for fall campus enrollment.

Officials of the Oregon University System said Wednesday that total headcount enrollment for 2001 fall term classes at the state's seven public universities is 73,883. That represents an increase of 4,375 from a year ago when the previous fall enrollment record of 69,508 was set.

"We're at all-time highs," said Bob Kieran, director of Institutional Research Services for the Oregon University System. "The final numbers exceed our projections by about 2 percent. And again, the largest growth area has been first time freshmen."

Over 10,000 first-time freshmen are included in the totals, an increase of over 2,300 in just four years.

Overall, the new figures show more than 63,200 Oregonians attending classes this fall -- the largest number of Oregon residents ever enrolled at state campuses. That total is nearly 10,000 more than were enrolled just five years ago.

The number also reflects several all-time campus enrollment levels. With 20,185 attending classes this fall, Portland State University continues to be the state's largest campus and is the first ever in the state to exceed 20,000 students. Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University the University of Oregon, and Western Oregon University also set new campus-level headcount marks.

Counted within the new statewide record are 245 students at the Oregon State University Cascades Campus in Bend, Oregon's first branch campus. First term enrollments reflect partnerships with Eastern Oregon University and the University of Oregon, but do not count nearly an equal number of students who take classes through partnerships with Oregon Health & Sciences University, Linfield College and various distance education providers.

Following is a statistical summary of the official fourth-week enrollment total for all OUS campuses:

Oregon University System Headcount Enrollment
Fall 2001-2002, Fourth Week Totals

  Fall 2001 Fall 2000 Change Difference Percent
Eastern Oregon University 2,978 2,784 194 6.97%
Oregon Institute of Technology 3,088 2,842 246 8.66%
Oregon State University 18,032 16,777 1,255 7.48%
OSU-Cascades Campus 245 - 245 -
Portland State University 20,185 19,029 1,156 6.07%
Southern Oregon University 5,469 5,502 -33 -0.60%
University of Oregon 19,008 17,843 1,165 6.53%
Western Oregon University 4,878 4,731 147 3.11%
OUS System Total 73,883 69,508 4,375 6.29%

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