Monday marked Oregon State University’s 144th year as Oregon’s land grant university with the official start of fall term.
It also marked what looks like another record-setting year for student enrollment, according to Kate Peterson, OSU’s assistant provost for enrollment management:
“If you combine the enrollment for OSU Cascades, the main Corvallis campus and online students, it could exceed 26,000 students — with some additional students registered with INTO OSU,” the program for international students.
Student enrollment at OSU for the fall of 2011 was 24,977, according to the university’s office of institutional research.
Preliminary figures for this fall indicate that the Corvallis campus is seeing 3 percent growth. When the fall enrollment census is taken at the end of the fourth week of the term, Peterson said the figures are expected to show an increase in international students, and an increase in the number of incoming freshmen who graduated in the top of their high school class.
The larger numbers so far indicate significant growth for online learners — up around 19 percent from last year — and growth at the Cascades campus in Bend is up more than 10 percent.
The numbers might be preliminary, but some tangible signs of growth were evident Monday on campus in Corvallis. The perennial hunt for parking spaces and the increased activity in local stores all were indications that OSU is back in full session.