U-Idaho Enrollment Positive Under New Reporting Guidelines

Thursday, October 18 2012


MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho official enrollment stands at 12,493 students using the new Oct. 15 ‘census’ date and reporting guidelines set by the Idaho State Board of Education.

The new SBOE guidelines replace the traditional 10th day of the fall semester reporting date with Oct. 15. They also limit all Idaho higher education institutions to reporting enrollment numbers for students in courses or programs that apply towards degrees or certificates. Unlike past years, students taking credits for external certificate programs, like public school teachers, and students in study abroad programs who are not taking courses at their Idaho institution are not included.

This year’s incoming freshman class totals 1,633. Of these, 32 percent are first generation students, defined as neither of their parents having earned a bachelor’s degree.

Both diversity and international enrollments at the University of Idaho have continued to increase. A 7 percent increase in international students resulted in 535 students from 74 countries on campus. A total of 1,663 U.S. citizens and permanent resident students, or more than 13 percent of the student body, self-identify as a member of an ethnic or racially diverse background.

Efforts to ensure Idaho students have affordable access to the University of Idaho as the state’s only national land-grant research university continues to be a priority for university leaders. Over 73 percent of new freshman are from Idaho, with 8,779 in-state residents now attending the university.

“We continue to provide outstanding opportunities, especially for Idaho students, in a time when many state universities are working to limit in-state enrollment growth,” said President M. Duane Nellis. “This reflects our commitment to creating jobs and businesses that bolster Idaho’s economic growth and add to the more than $1 billion we contribute to Idaho’s economy as shown in independent studies.”

For consistent reporting purposes, most universities use fall enrollment numbers as the official totals for the current academic year.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho inspires 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. Through the university’s $225 million Inspiring Futures capital campaign, private giving will enhance student learning, faculty research and innovation, and a spirit of enterprise. Learn more: www.uidaho.edu.



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, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.