U-Idaho Announces Spring Enrollment Numbers

Tuesday, March 26 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho’s snapshot of enrollment stands at 11,551 students under the new March 15 ‘census’ date and reporting guidelines enacted this academic year by the Idaho State Board of Education.

The new SBOE guidelines replace the traditional 10th day of the spring semester reporting date with March 15.

Enrollment on the Moscow campus is 10,499 for spring semester 2013. A total of 8,078 students are in-state residents.

With 1,454 of Fall’s full-time new freshmen returning for the spring semester, the University of Idaho’s freshman retention rate from fall to spring is 92 percent. Of these, 30 percent are first generation students, defined as neither of their parents earned a bachelor’s degree.

“Our focus has been on consistent and sustainable enrollment growth and seeking students who have an affinity for an interdisciplinary and engaging approach to education, which includes not only recruitment, but retention as well,” said Steve Neiheisel, assistant vice president for enrollment management.

Diversity and international enrollments continue to be important factors at U-Idaho with 551 international students on campus that reflects students from 70 countries.

A total of 1,504 students, or more than 13 percent of the student body, self-identify as a member of an ethnic or racially diverse background. A breakdown of these students include: 802 Hispanic or Latino, 104 American Indian or Alaska Native, 176 Asian, 100 Black or African American, 29 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and 293 mixed race.

The university is currently ramping up its enrollment and recruiting efforts for freshman and transfer students in anticipation of the fall semester. The University of Idaho will host Vandal Friday on April 5, offering students the chance to ‘test drive’ the college experience, and include an overnight stay in university housing, a comprehensive introduction to the student-life, a student activities fair, attending selected college classes, and the chance to meet other admitted students. Vandal Friday participants also get the jump on fall semester by registering for classes. The registration deadline for Vandal Friday is one week prior to the event.

“Even as we report on spring enrollment and move toward the conclusion of this academic year, we’re excited about the energy, enthusiasm and the quality that the newest Vandals will bring to the university next Fall,” said Neiheisel.

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