Spring Enrollment Up: University of Idaho Numbers Continue Stable Trend

Thursday, January 29 2009

Jan. 29, 2009 Written by Tania Thompson MOSCOW, Idaho – On the 10th day of classes for spring semester 2009, enrollment numbers at the University of Idaho statewide registered an increase over the previous spring, to 11,192, continuing the increases seen in the fall. "We are pleased that enrollments continue to show stable and steady increases," said Steve Neiheisel, assistant vice president for enrollment management. "It is encouraging that students are choosing the University of Idaho because they recognize the advantage of the quality academic experience and transformational learning that happens here." 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. Enrollment on the Moscow campus is 10,048 for spring 2009, up one percent from a year ago. In addition, the university’s initiative to reduce fees for and increase outreach to high school students in the state continues to yield positive results. The number of new dual-credit students – those still in high school, but taking college-level courses – is up 157 percent. Overall dual-credit student numbers are up 122 percent over a year ago. The university’s statewide centers also showed enrollment increases. Enrollment is up at the university’s center in Idaho Falls, which is home to the new Center for Advanced Energy Studies, in partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory and other universities in the state to focus on addressing critical-need energy issues. Spring numbers in Idaho Falls show 358 students, an increase of 32 percent over a year ago. Spring enrollment at Boise is 341, up 3 percent from a year ago; at Coeur d’Alene, enrollment is 395 up 6 percent. "The growth is an excellent example of the breadth of opportunities available," said Neiheisel. “This continues to confirm that students and parents throughout the state understand what a difference the University of Idaho makes in their lives.” For consistent reporting purposes, universities tend to use fall enrollment numbers as the official totals for the current academic year. For equitable tracking, like-semester numbers are compared: fall-to-fall, spring-to-spring. # # # 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 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu. Media Contact: Tania Thompson, University Communications, (208) 885-6567, taniat@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.