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Oregon State University students walk and bike through the Corvallis campus on Southwest Jefferson Way on Tuesday morning. OSU’s fall enrollment grew 0.4 percent on the main Corvallis campus.

Enrollment at Oregon State University continues to grow, though not as quickly as in years past.

OSU’s fall enrollment grew 1.9 percent or 601 students from last year to 31,904, to lead all public institutions in Oregon for the fourth year in a row, the university announced on Monday.

Growth was slower — just 0.4 percent — on the main Corvallis campus, where enrollment rose by 89 students to 24,760.

Online-only enrollment jumped by 7.1 percent or 405 students over fall 2016 to a total of 6,087, while the number of students at OSU’s Cascades campus in Bend climbed by 7.3 percent or 82 students to 1,204.

The student body continues to become more diverse, according to OSU officials.

Fall 2017 enrollment includes 7,660 students of color, defined as Asian, African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Hawaiian, Pacific Islander or multiracial, up 6.3 percent or 456 students from 2016. Altogether, students of color make up 24.8 percent of the Corvallis campus and online enrollment and 16.4 percent of enrollment at OSU-Cascades, the university said.

International student enrollment increased by 27 students to 3,556 from 110 countries, representing 11.5 percent of the student body.

Computer science is the most popular undergrad major at Oregon State, followed by business administration, mechanical engineering, biology and kinesiology.

The College of Engineering has the largest share of the university’s enrollment with 8,932 students. The College of Liberal Arts is next with 4,182, followed by the College of Business with 3,731, the College of Science with 3,533, the College of Public Health and Human Sciences with 2,841 and the College of Agricultural Sciences with 2,539.

Reporter Bennett Hall can be reached at 541-758-9529 or Follow him on Twitter at @bennetthallgt.