EUGENE, Ore. -- University of Oregon and Oregon State University both saw an increase in the number of freshman fall applicants for 2021.
“The interest this year is astounding; we’ve received a record of nearly 33,000 applications to date. There are also a record number of in-state student applicants; more than 6,000 Oregonians have applied, including an increase in the number of PathwayOregon recipients," said Roger Thompson, the UO Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management.
KEZI 9 News asked UO students why the increase may have happened despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
“They’ve been at home for a year. My life has been on hold and they’re hoping things will be normal in fall,” said Peter Olson, a master’s student.
Sophomore Oscar Proulx also weighed in.
“Another possibility is also our Rose Bowl win last year. People realize it’s an awesome college for sports. And because sports will be back on next semester, they can go to games. I know games my first year were phenomenal,” Proulx said.
OSU reported a 30% increase in fall applications from last year. But they said that it was mostly an increase of out-of-state students. OSU’s VP of University Relations and Marketing Steve Clark attributed this to a modified application process.
“We switched to test optional admissions last spring. What that means is that students are no longer required with their admission application to provide a standardized SAT or ACT test." Clark said.
Clark said no university will know exactly how many students will choose to enroll in their schools until fall semester begins.
He also said that currently for spring semester, 95% of classes are being taught online.