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Portland’s best and brightest choose OSU  June 4th, 2009

Today’s Oregonian front page is led by a feature on challenges that the greater Portland metro area’s top high school grads face in paying for college (“Top grads have the brains, but lack the bucks”). Not much new here — college costs a lot, the economy is bad, some students can’t afford to attend, etc. — but there is a remarkable set of statistics uncovered by the O in its survey of “456 valedictorians and straight-A seniors at 97 metro-area public and private high schools.” Here’s what it revealed by way of “Top College Choices” for those students:

Oregon State (50)

University of Oregon (37)

University of Washington (22)

George Fox (16)

University of Portland (14)

To put this in context, one out of every nine top students in the PDX metro area chooses OSU, and 25 percent more choose OSU than our closest competitor. Just another reason why OSU is THE Oregon State University.