Contact:   Di Saunders: 503-725-5714; Cell: 503-807-5539

Sources:   Bob Kieran, director of institutional research, OUS: 541-346-5758;

Shannon McCarthy, institutional research analyst, OUS: 541-346-5739

Fact Book 2002 Released by Oregon University System  
Provides state-wide data on tuition, students, degrees and other public system stats

PORTLAND, March 28 – Oregon University System today released its Fact Book 2002, a compilation of current, past, and projected data on various components of the state's public university system.

Published every two years, the Fact Book contains the latest information on students, faculty, programs of study, degrees awarded, budget and finances, and facilities of the Oregon University System (OUS), both current and historical.

“With the face of higher education changing rapidly across the nation, we believe this is a valuable resource in research and analysis for Oregon, and for other state systems in the west and nationally,” said Bob Kieran, director of institutional research for OUS. “Besides being informative, the Fact Book helps to describe Oregon’s commitment to developing and maintaining the body of knowledge necessary to education our future generations,” added Kieran.

Highlights from the 2002 Fact Book include:

  • Over the last ten years, total OUS enrollment grew from 63,656 in 1992 to 78,111 in 2002.  

  • In 2002, 45% of admitted undergraduates came from Oregon high schools, 19% from Oregon community colleges, 13% from out-of-state high schools, 12% from out-of-state colleges, 5% from other OUS institutions, the remaining 7% from other Oregon colleges, GED programs or are unknown.  

  • The ratio of OUS first-time freshmen from Oregon high schools grew from 19.4% in 1992-93 to 24% in 2002-03.

  • Almost 4,000 international students were enrolled in OUS institutions in Fall 2002, with the largest percentages from Japan, China, South Korea, India, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Canada, and Germany.  

  • Average SAT scores for OUS first-time freshmen and Oregon and national college-bound seniors improved slightly over the last 10 years, from 1054 in 1992 to 1061 in 2002. Oregon students’ scores are higher than the 2002 national average of 1020.  

  • The average high school GPA of first-time freshmen in Fall 2002 was 3.44 for women and 3.27 for men.  

  • Distance learning enrollments in OUS increased from 74 courses and just over 1,100 students in 1992-93, to more than 1,000 courses and almost 13,400 students in 2000-01.  

  • For freshmen who entered OUS institutions in 1995 and received a degree, 50% graduated within 4 years (compared to 45.9% on average at all U.S. public 4-year institutions); 39% within 4-5 years, and almost 11% in 5-6 years.  

  • In 2001-02, OUS awarded almost 15,200 degrees and certificates, with some of the top undergraduate disciplines being social sciences (23.8%), Humanities/Fine Arts (17.1%), Business (15.6%), and Engineering and Engineering Technology (6.5%).  

  • Sources of financial aid for students in OUS institutions in 2001-02 totaled 45.7% in student and parent federal loan aid ($131 million), 7% in federal Pell grants ($20 million), 1% in federal work study ($2.9 million), 23% in Oregon Opportunity grants ($67 million), and 13% in OUS institutional and private aid ($37 million).  

  • Total faculty at all seven OUS institutions totaled 2,454 in 2001-02, of which 58% are tenured.  

Richard Jarvis, chancellor of OUS, said, “The accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff, and the robust growth seen in these data, demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of Oregon’s public universities. Across the state, our universities are integral community partners that are positively affecting Oregon’s economy and future growth and development in the state, “ added Jarvis.  “Yet, the great unknown is how declining state appropriations and the state’s budget crisis will directly affect students and the System both in the short and long term. We may see very different numbers than this in the next biennium’s Fact Book.”

The 2002 Fact Book is available electronically at, and is in a searchable format. For more information, contact OUS’s Office of Institutional Research at 541-346-5739 or at

Oregon University System (OUS) comprises seven distinguished public universities, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services and lifelong learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of eleven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to     


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