UI College of Graduate Studies Sees Jump in Applicants

Wednesday, July 10 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – As the University of Idaho is making plans for the fall semester, staff and faculty are making room for more graduate students. Fall admissions for graduate applications are up by 2 percent, along with a 4 percent increase in admitted students.

“We are excited to see so much new interest in the University of Idaho,” said Jie Chen, dean of the College of Graduate Studies. “Our programs, faculty and research are gaining national and international attention to bring us the best students.”

Both the College of Science and the College of Engineering have increased numbers of applications at both the master’s degree and doctoral degree level. However, the College of Art and Architecture has seen a significant rise in applications and admits. The college is up 25 percent over last year in applications.

International applicants also have seen an increase by 10 percent,. While graduate students come from almost 80 countries, Chen said the two largest international populations are from China and India.

“The talent, perspectives and culture that international students bring, as do all of our students, to create a new and diverse experience in the classroom is an added benefit across the university,” said Chen. “It’s another layer we can add to the University of Idaho experience.”

With advanced degrees becoming more sought after in the job market, the University of Idaho has increased its efforts in recruitment across all disciplines, especially in international recruitment to allow students to enrich their education and offer a broader worldview. It’s not just the international angle recruiters have focused on though.

The UI is attracting a more diverse graduate student body. Diversity graduate applicants are up 29 percent.

“With respect to the increase in diversity applicants, we have spent a great deal of our recruiting efforts on events and activities which expose the diverse populations of students to the University of Idaho and what it has to offer,” said Chen. “As the state and nation’s face changes, so, too, is the University of Idaho.”

The UI offers nationally competitive graduate academic programs and research opportunities. Graduate programs at the UI focus on interdisciplinary teaching and research in order to connect academic study with complex world issues.
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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. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Big Sky Conference. 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. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.