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How Many Women?

A general overview of the student population on campus throughout these years.

OSU Enrollment, 1900 - 2012

Oregon State University Enrollment: 1900 - 2012

Similar to the graph above, but with the male vs. female breakdown.

OSU Enrollment Male vs. Female, 1900 - 2012

Oregon State University Enrollment: 1900 - 2012 (Male vs. Female Divide)

Although there were consistently a higher number of male students on campus, the number of female students continued to rise along with them.

After WWI, there was a surge of students attending college nationwide. As you can see (spike after 1918) OSU was no exception.


Waldo Fact: Around 1910 Waldo Hall could accommodate 170 female students. This worked until September 1912 when they received 197 applications, forcing OSU to find approved boarding places in the city for them.

OSU Enrollment, 1900 - 1930

Oregon State University Enrollment: 1900 - 1930

This graph shows a rarity in the Oregon State University enrollment history: for exactly 2 years (1943 and 1944) there were more female students than male students. This is due to WWII (1941 - 1945) and to this day remains the only time there were more female students than male.

The "G.I. Bill" can most likely explain the direct rise in enrollment rates for males after 1944.

OSU Enrollment, 1930 - 1960

Oregon State University Enrollment: 1930 - 1960

Although attending higher education was becoming more common among US youth, the slight increase towards the end of the 1960's could be attributed to the increase of young men avoiding the war draft.

OSU Enrollment, 1960 - 1990

Oregon State University Enrollment: 1960 - 1990

Although women currently outnumber men in US colleges, OSU remains to be an exception to that trend. The numbers for both men and women have increased very steadily the past two decades, and at what seems to be a parallel rate. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Oregon State University.

OSU Enrollment, 1990 - 2012

Oregon State University Enrollment: 1990 - 2012