University Announces Spring Enrollment; Looks Ahead to Fall

Wednesday, February 1 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho’s snapshot of enrollment on the 10th day of spring semester totals 11,707 students statewide, nearly identical to the previous spring.

The 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 10,474 for spring 2012.

With 1,437 freshmen returning for the spring semester, the University of Idaho’s freshman retention rate from fall to spring is 90 percent. “This is just one example demonstrating the quality education and the positive experiences students enjoy at the University of Idaho,” said Steve Neiheisel, assistant vice president for enrollment management.

Both diversity and international enrollments at the University of Idaho have seen growth in year-over-year numbers. This shows the success and achievement in the university’s commitment to growing a diverse and international student body. Emphasis placed on international students has helped increase the number of international students attending the University of Idaho to 544, an increase of 72 students.

A total of 1,506 students, or nearly 13 percent of the student body, self identify as a member of an ethnic or racially diverse background. A breakdown of these students include: 786 Hispanic or Latino, 116 American Indian or Alaska Native, 162 Asian, 128 black or African American, 31 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and 283 mixed race.

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.

The university is currently ramping up its enrollment and recruiting efforts for freshman and transfer students in anticipation of the fall semester. “We’re currently up 11 percent for fall admitted freshman compared to this time last year,” said Neiheisel. “This is the destination of choice for Idaho students who want to be on the path to success.”

Vandal Friday offers 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.

Admitted students have two Vandal Friday dates to choose from: March 30 or April 13. The registration deadline for Vandal Friday is one week prior to the event.

“We encourage participants to sign up as soon as possible,” said Neiheisel. “Our Vandal Fridays are tailored to help our admitted students get everything done for fall semester.”

The university has a Feb. 15 deadline to receive applications that will be given priority consideration for scholarships and financial aid. Neiheisel encourages students to apply as soon as possible for both financial aid and for the university's fall 2012 semester.

In an effort to help incoming students navigate the process of financial aid, the University of Idaho will be hosting Go On, Idaho! FAFSA Day at the Student Union Building on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Students will need to bring their personal identification number, social security number, driver’s license and parent’s 2011 W-2 forms to the event, to help them complete the free application for scholarship assistance (FAFSA).

For more information about Vandal Friday, visit For more information about Go On, Idaho! FAFSA Day, visit
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