Enrollment in OR's 7 universities passes 100,000

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The number of students enrolled in Oregon's seven public universities has surpassed 100,000 for the first time.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that (http://bit.ly/ttxGA7 ) the University of Oregon led with a 4.5 percent increase this past year, adding 1,058 students to reach nearly 25,000.

Over the past two years, enrollment at the UO has grown by 9.2 percent, even though the university graduated its largest class ever last year. International student enrollment this year grew by 17 percent to 2,116, including an increase of 300 from China alone.

UO administrators say they've reached a number that they can serve without significant new investment in facilities and staff.

Universities throughout the state's seven-campus system are seeing similar growth. Oregon State University grew by 5.1 percent to 24,977 students, and Portland State University grew by 1.5 percent to 28,958.