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Umpqua Community College

Exterior of the Umpqua Community College Library
Established 1964
President Blaine Nisson
Students 3,300 [1]
Location Roseburg, Oregon, United States
Campus Rural
Mascot Riverhawks
Athletics Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges
Affiliations Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Umpqua Community College (UCC) is a community college located approximately six miles north of Roseburg, Oregon, United States. The college has sixteen campus buildings located on 100 acres[1] bordering the North Umpqua River. The campus also features a track, tennis courts, and an outdoor pool. In 2009, a vineyard was added to the campus.[2]

About 3,300 full-time students and 16,000 part-time students attend UCC. Umpqua Community College serves the greater Douglas County region with the exception of Reedsport and its immediate area along the Oregon Coast. The college was established in 1964.



In the late 1950s, interested community members formed a committee, sponsored by the American Association of University Women, to explore the idea of establishing a community college in Douglas County. After visiting other campuses, the group wrote a report, and in 1960 the Chamber of Commerce formed an Education Committee with Wayne Crooch as its chair. In February 1960, the Roseburg School Board was asked to approve a program of lower-division college courses. The request was approved and an agreement was established with Southern Oregon College (now Southern Oregon University) and the Oregon University System. Harry Jacoby, assistant Superintendent of the Roseburg School District, was named coordinator of the project.[3]

The first college courses were offered in 1961. Classes were first held in rented facilities in Roseburg. The cost was $5 per term and $11 per credit.[3]

After meeting the legal requirements for forming a college district, the Oregon State Board of Higher Education ordered establishment of the proposed district on December 11, 1962. Voters overwhelmingly supported formation of the district by voting 3,190 "yes" and 825 "no" on March 30, 1964. The same election also established the first seven-member board of directors. At the first board meeting on April 2, 1964, Ralph Snyder was appointed registrar and Harry Jacoby was hired as the first president of the college.[3]

The land for the campus, 98.5 acres of pasture land along a bend in the North Umpqua River, was donated by Elton and Ruth Jackson. The Board accepted the site in February 1965.[3] College construction was funded by a serial levy passed in May 1965 and a bond issue passed in 1968. Additional financing came from interest earnings, state funding, and federal grants.[1] Classes were first held on "Phase I" of the new campus in Fall 1967.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Umpqua Community College (2009). "Umpqua Community College Catalog, 2009-2010". Umpqua Community College. Retrieved June 22, 2009.  
  2. ^ DD Bixby (2009-05-21). "Putting Down Roots". The News-Review. Retrieved 2009-06-23.  
  3. ^ a b c d e UCC Community Relations (1994). Umpqua Community College: The First 30 Years of Excellence. Umpqua Community College.  

Coordinates: 43°17′23″N 123°19′57″W / 43.289827°N 123.332638°W / 43.289827; -123.332638



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