Oregon University System may top 100,000 students

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- University officials say an increase in transfer students from community colleges may push enrollment at Oregon's seven public universities beyond 100,000 students for the first time.

The Oregonian newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/r0lCc5 ) the struggling economy drove a record number of students into community colleges, and some of them are now ready to move on to the state's four-year schools to earn bachelor's degrees.

Of the additional 1,000 students expected in the state university system, more than half will be transfer students.

University official Bob Kieran says the state's universities may grow enough to gain the 3,000 more students needed to surpass the 100,000 mark. Officials take their count four weeks after classes.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com