BEND, OR -- Students got back to class Thursday at Central Oregon’s only four-year university. OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson says the the school continues to grow, "We’ll probably have our largest class – our largest enrollment that we’ve ever had at OSU-Cascades. We have the most students that will be living in our residence halls and that’s cool, because they’re there all the time and it just is a really different atmosphere than students who come and go."
Despite the growth, Johnson tells KBND News Bend is not at risk of becoming the stereotypical college town. The student body equals about 1% of the city's total population, "We’re 1,200 students, right now, and a couple hundred employees, in a town of 90,000. Unlike Corvallis, where there’s 25,000 students and 10,000 faculty and staff, in a town of 50 or 60,000." Official enrollment numbers won’t be available until next month.
This fall, OSU-Cascades also welcomed a younger group of students, with the opening of the Bend Science Station, which serves kids in grades K through 12.