UI Increases New First-year and Graduate Students; Improves Student Diversity; Draws Record Number of National Merit Scholars

Tuesday, October 22 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho today announced a decline in overall student enrollment for the fall semester 2013 but also reported slight increases in the number of first-year undergraduates and new graduate students, as well as an increase in international student enrollment. In addition, the UI enrolled a record 25 National Merit Scholars in this year's first-year undergraduate class.

Overall student enrollment declined to 11,884 in the fall semester 2013 compared with 12,493 students enrolled in the fall semester 2012. This decrease is largely attributable to fewer continuing students in the fall 2013 than in 2012. There were 8,028 continuing students this year compared to 8,510 in the fall 2012. The decline is also due to students graduating sooner as a result of the change in credit hours needed to graduate and to the decreasing sizes of entering classes, which have declined in the last three prior years.

Despite the decline in overall student enrollment, the number of new first-year students enrolled at the university in the fall semester 2013 rose to 1,638. New graduate student enrollment this semester increased over 2012 levels to 499 students. In addition, the number of international students on campus this fall is up over last year with 576 students enrolled from 76 countries. The university reports that 13.9 percent of UI students self-identify as members of an ethnic or racially diverse group, a slight increase over last year.

Fall 2013 Highlights:
• Total enrollment, including full and part-time students, is 11,884, down 4.9 percent from a year ago
• Incoming first-year undergraduate class totaled 1,638
• 79 percent student retention rate, the highest among public institutions in Idaho and above the national average
• 72 percent of first-year undergraduates are from Idaho
• 35.2 percent of the first-year undergraduates are also first-generation college students
• New military veteran student enrollment increased to 108, more than doubling last year’s number of 46

“The fact that over one-third of our new first-year undergraduates are first in their families to attend college demonstrates that the University of Idaho is playing a significant role in preparing Idahoans for the future,” said Katherine Aiken, interim provost and executive vice president.

“The quality academic programs and positive residential living experience at the University of Idaho continue to make us the institution of choice for National Merit Scholars,” said Dan Davenport, director of financial aid and scholarships. “Though these students have the option to attend any institution in the country, our enrollment of these top students, who rank academically in the top 1 percent of the nation, continues to increase. We are very proud of that.”

When combined with the 51 current students who achieved National Merit Scholar finalist standing, UI boasts 76 of the nation’s top scholars.

In addition to improved growth in new freshman and new graduate student enrollment, other growth areas include new law school student enrollment, which stands at 113, up 3.7 percent from 109 students in the fall 2012. New transfer student enrollment also grew to 673, up slightly from last year.

As a land-grant institution, part of the university’s mission is to serve all of Idaho’s citizens. Fall 2013 enrollment at the university’s statewide centers follows:

• University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene: 433 students enrolled, up 4.8 percent from fall 2012
• University of Idaho Boise: 322 students, up 3.5 percent from a year ago
• University of Idaho Twin Falls: 54 students, unchanged from a year ago
• University of Idaho Idaho Falls: 220 students, down 31.7 percent from fall 2012

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.