University of Idaho 10th-Day Enrollment Figures Chart Steady Increase in Numbers, Student Quality

Wednesday, September 9 2009

MOSCOW, Idaho – Nearly 1,800 new freshmen are settling into academic life at the University of Idaho and making institutional history in the process--it's the university's largest-ever incoming freshman class.

On the 10th day of classes for fall semester, 1,780 freshmen are among the ranks of new students, an increase of 4.2 percent over a year ago. In addition to large number of freshmen, the university also counted a large increase in the number of transfer students, 733 or 9.7 percent from a year ago.

Overall statewide enrollment at the University of Idaho registered a 1.4 percent increase over the previous fall, to 11,957 which includes an increase in overall number of graduate students to 2,017, a 3.9 percent increase. The new student numbers reflect the third consecutive year of increases for the state's land-grant university and the overall numbers mark the second consecutive increase.

"We're pleased with the positive results from the university's strategic investments in recruitment efforts," said Steve Neiheisel, assistant vice president for enrollment management. "We've been building momentum in the form of sustainable enrollment growth and that's brought us not only the largest freshman class ever, but an incredibly academically qualified one."

Among incoming freshmen, the numbers tell a great story about both high academic quality and leadership: 45 percent of the freshman class boasts a grade point average of 3.5 or greater, while the average GPA increased to 3.43. Test scores are up as well, with the average ACT composite at 23.64.The university attracted an increased number of students who ranked in the top 15 percent of their class, up 14 percent over a year ago, and there are 94 students who are former senior class or high school honor society presidents. The university also welcomed 21 new National Merit Scholars, for an institutional total of 66 of the prestigious scholars who rank nationally in the top one percent of the nation's high school graduates.

"Our outreach through recruitment efforts, the availability of articulation agreements and scholarship programs helped make the University of Idaho an attractive option for students," said Neiheisel. "And what students find academically once they get here helps cement their decision to stay."

The university’s enrollment team will look to leverage the momentum with two key upcoming university events: Envision Idaho, the university's major fall recruitment event aimed at high school seniors on Oct. 1 and 2; and Transfer Preview Day, a major focus on students seeking to transfer to the university, on Oct. 9. At the Envision Idaho Web site and at the Envision Idaho event, students can literally "picture" themselves as a Vandal--using a digital photo and selecting an electronic Vandal guise, or putting their face into the facial cut-out atop the form of a Vandal.

More information about Envision Idaho is available at: More information about Transfer Preview Day is available at:

The enrollment numbers for the University of Idaho include full-time and part-time students at the university, whose main campus in Moscow features a residential living and learning experience.

The university has centers in Boise and Twin Falls, Coeur d’Alene, and Idaho Falls. Fall enrollment at Boise is 368, up 7.6 percent from a year ago; at Twin Falls enrollment is 49, down 5.8 percent; at Coeur d’Alene, enrollment is 447, up 12.6 percent; and at Idaho Falls, enrollment is 338, up 1.5 percent. Enrollment on the Moscow campus is 10,755, up about 1 percent from a year ago.

For consistent reporting purposes, universities tend to use fall enrollment numbers as the official totals for the current academic year.

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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit

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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit