Oregon Higher Ed Enrollment On The Rise

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The number of students enrolled at public universities in Oregon has reached an all-time high. The Oregon University System announced Thursday that more than 101,000 people are taking classes.

Oregon State University in Corvallis enjoyed the biggest increase — a nearly six percent jump from last year.

OSU's Assistant Provost for Enrollment, Kate Peterson, says one factor is a sharp drop in the number of students leaving school early for greener pastures.

"There's not a lot of jobs to go to, so students are hanging in there and continuing their education as opposed to being lured away to start their careers a little earlier."

Peterson says online education also bolstered the enrollment totals. Some OSU students are taking classes from as far away as India.

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An aerial view of the Memorial Union at Oregon State University. OSU has seen a nearly 6 percent increase in enrollment. Photo by saml123 via Flickr hide caption

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The number of students at Oregon's other two largest universities — Portland State and the University of Oregon — remained relatively flat.

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Oregon University System 2012 Enrollment Fact Sheet

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