Umpqua Community College is one of the most picturesque colleges in the country, nestled between beautiful tree-studded hills and overlooking a large bend in the North Umpqua River. Natural volcanic rock and rustic, cedar shake architecture grace the 14 campus buildings located on a 100-acre plot of land six miles north of Roseburg. Easy access to Interstate 5, exit 129, and mild year-around climate complement the scenic beauty of the campus.
The college was established by a vote of greater Douglas County residents in 1964 and conducted classes in various rented facilities in Roseburg for the first few years. Since its founding as a post-secondary education facility it has grown and changed to meet the diverse needs of the community. More than 15,000 students take one or more classes each year, for a full-time equivalent (FTE) of about 3,000 full-time students.
Facts About Douglas County & Roseburg, Oregon
- Population - Douglas County has a population over 101,200; Roseburg, 20,200 with over 40,000 in the shopping area.
- Location - Roseburg is located in southern Oregon on Interstate Highway 5, 71 miles (113.6 kilometers) south of Eugene and 175 miles (280 kilometers) south of Portland, the largest city in Oregon.
- Douglas County covers 4,062 square miles (10,399 square kilometers) and stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Cascade Mountains. It is situated on the North Umpqua River, famous for its sport steelhead and salmon fishing.
- Economy - The county economy is based on the wood products industry, sheep raising, cattle ranching, tourism, health care facilities and government services.
- Weather - Four distinct seasons are enjoyed in Douglas County. The winter season provides cooler temperatures and a majority of the annual rainfall needed to create green springtime filled with blossoms. A warming trend begins in April and May and continues into the summer days of July and August. Fall weather is pleasant and crisp, usually characterized by an "Indian Summer" in late October.
- The "100 Valleys of the Umpqua" have been compared in climate and geography with Italy and southern France. Extremes of heat and cold are rare and the county also enjoys one of the lowest wind velocities anywhere in the United States. Winter temperatures usually vary from about 30 to 60 degrees F. (11 to 15.6 C.) and summer temperatures vary from the 70's to the 90's (21 to 32 C.) with pleasantly low humidity.
- Average rainfall is 33 inches (83.82 centimeters) per year. Snow is rare in Roseburg; however, access to snow skiing is only 1 and 1/2 hours from Roseburg by automobile.
For more information about Roseburg, Douglas County, and the surrounding communities use this link to the subject guide from the UCC library.
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