OSU-Cascades enrollment up for 9th straight year

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Oregon State University – Cascades in Bend announced Tuesday it has seen first-year student enrollment increase for the night straight year.

OSU-Cascades says fall 2023 class of 225 students is the largest in campus history — an increase of 10.3% from 2022.

The total number of students enrolled is 1,313, including 255 graduate students. OSU-Cascades says that’s a 3.3% over the previous year.

“This enrollment growth, and particularly the strong increase in first-year students, demonstrates that OSU-Cascades delivers the academic and career preparation experience that students and families are looking for,” Sherm Bloomer, chancellor and dean of OSU-Cascades, said in a statement. “The growth gives us confidence as we work to achieve the goal of enrolling 2,200 students at OSU-Cascades by 2030.”

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Here are more details from OSU: 

Oregon State University’s fall 2023 enrollment has reached a record for the 27th consecutive year, topping 36,000, with growth spread across its Corvallis and Bend campuses and its online education unit.

With 36,636 students enrolled, up 1,397 students, or 4% over last year, Oregon State is the largest university in the state for the 10th consecutive year. More information about Oregon State’s overall fall enrollment is available at beav.es/qGd.

OSU-Cascades fall enrollment also reflects:

    • 42% of OSU-Cascades students are from Central Oregon and 77.1% are from Oregon.
    • Students from out-of-state increased 16.5% over a year ago. In addition, students from three other countries are enrolled.
    • There are 282 students of color at OSU-Cascades making up 21.5% of the student body. Over the past five years, enrollment among students of color has increased 4.5%.
    • Of 443 transfer students at OSU-Cascades, 64% are from Central Oregon, with 48% transferring from Central Oregon Community College.
    • Enrollment in the OSU Honors College nearly doubled from 16 to 29 OSU-Cascades students. The honors program offers students personal advising as well as research and involvement opportunities as they work toward an honors bachelor’s degree in their academic major.
    • 75 students receiving veterans’ benefits are enrolled at OSU-Cascades. 
    • The youngest enrolled student at OSU-Cascades is 17, and the oldest is 75. The average age of an undergraduate student is 23. The average age of a graduate student is 30.

In addition, of the class of first-year students entering OSU-Cascades from high school:

    • 72% are from Oregon and 25.8% are students of color.
    • 23% are first-generation college students.
    • 76.4%, live in the on-campus residence hall.

The report also showed that 12% of first-year students came to OSU-Cascades with enough college credit to enter at the sophomore or junior level, while 57% earned some college credits while in high school. The average high school GPA of the new freshman class remains steady at 3.59, with 41% of first-year students having a high school GPA of 3.75 or higher.

The fall enrollment increase was noted across degree programs at OSU-Cascades:

    • The largest undergraduate degree programs at OSU-Cascades are business administration with 134 students and computer science with 102 students.
    • Several programs grew sharply: psychology (32.9%); art, media and technology (26.5%); and kinesiology (20.3%).
    • The outdoor products program, launched in 2020, grew to 72 students.
    • A degree program in biochemistry and molecular biology launched this fall with 19 students enrolled.
    • OSU-Cascades’ Doctor of Physical Therapy program, which launched in 2021, is now at capacity with 126 students enrolled, representing three class cohorts.  
    • The graduate counseling degree program has 61 students.
    • Twenty students are enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program. 
    • The low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program has 18 students.

More information about OSU-Cascades fall enrollment is available at osucascades.edu/about/fall-enrollment


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