Contact: Di Saunders, OUS Communications & Public Affairs: 503-725-5714 or 971-219-6869

Source: Bob Kieran, OUS Assistant Vice Chancellor Research: 541-346-5758

Significant increases in international and community college transfer students have driven enrollment growth

PORTLAND, February 28, 2013 – For the first time on record total degrees awarded surpassed 20,000 in 2012 at Oregon’s public universities, and enrollment climbed to over 101,000. These are among the data released today in the Oregon University System’s Fact Book 2012. This wide-ranging compilation of research is published every two years just prior to the regular legislative session to help policymakers, students, parents, and Oregonians understand how economics, workforce needs, and changing demographics are shaping public higher education in Oregon.

Other interesting data and trends of note include:

  • International students increased 80% over the past decade
  • The percentage of college credits earned on-line increased 80%  since 2004-05
  • New Oregon community colleges transfer students increased by 70% in the last decade
  • State funding for OUS dropped 10% in the last decade, from $746 million (not inflation adjusted) in 2001-03 to $668 million in 2011-13, and enrollment increased 37%, from 78,111 to 101,393
  • Class of 2011 students who borrowed at OUS institutions had an average of $23,839 in student loan debt at graduation; 59% of graduates borrowed student loans
  • Average tuition at OUS campuses increased from $4,097 to $7,877 in the last decade.

There is much more at:  Information includes: System Organization; Students (including enrollment); Performance Measurement; National Comparisons; Degrees Awarded; Tuition and Financial Aid; Faculty; Budget and Facilities; and a Glossary of higher education terms.

If you would like to speak with someone about these current trends and figures, please contact us to arrange an interview.

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