Oregon State University - Cascades is now serving 1,172 students, including 980 juniors, seniors and graduate students. This also includes 192 dually-enrolled students preparing to transfer to OSU-Cascades as they take primarily freshmen and sophomore classes at Central Oregon Community College.
The branch campus’s official enrollment report represents a nearly six percent increase in total students, and a four percent increase in juniors and seniors. Graduate enrollment increased by 10 percent. It also represents a nine percent increase in full-time equivalents as students increasingly take full-time course loads. About 78 percent of students are enrolled full-time, including dually-enrolled students.
The ethnic diversity of the student body remains at about 14 percent, with half of those students identifying as Hispanic.
OSU-Cascades continues to draw students primarily from Central Oregon and Oregon, although students also represent California and 12 other states.
The increase spread across several majors, with the largest majors now reported as business administration, human development and family sciences, natural resources, exercise and sport science, biology, energy systems engineering and psychology. The recently launched computer science degree has 17 students.
The largest graduate program is the counseling degree program with 60 students. The Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, now in its second year, is the fastest growing program increasing from 7 to 18 students this fall.
OSU-Cascades is also serving an additional 64 Central Oregon students who are taking OSU online courses.
The percentage of female students remained at 60 percent of the student body. Women comprised about 70 percent of the student population through 2010. The average age of an OSU-Cascades student is 29. The youngest enrolled student is 17; the oldest is 73.