Across most metrics, U of I reports enrollment increases

Enrollment is up at the University of Idaho this fall — fueled in part by increased in-state student numbers and improved student retention.

“Students and their families continue to seek the value of a U of I education,” U of I President C. Scott Green said in a news release Monday.

The U of I submitted its fall enrollment figures to the State Board of Education, and laid them out in a numbers-heavy news release.

Here are the highlights.

Overall enrollment: up. Fall enrollment came in at 11,849, up 3%.

Undergraduate enrollment: up. At 7,363, undergraduate enrollment increased by 3.4%.

First-year students: down. But still unusually high. The U of I welcomed 1,869 new students onto campus this fall, the second-largest freshman class in university history. Last fall’s first-year enrollment set a U of I record, at 1,951.

Graduate enrollment: down. After COVID-19-era spikes, the grad school is reporting a 1.4% enrollment decrease. Enrollment totaled 1,929.

In-state enrollment: up. A 4.3% increase.

WUE enrollment: up. In all, 1,776 out of-state students are at the U of I through the Western Undergraduate Exchange, which offers reduced tuition. This is a 4.3% increase.

International student enrollment: up. A 5.6% increase.

Student retention: up. First- to second-year retention rates increased by 1.4%.

Demographic numbers: up, generally. Undergraduate Hispanic student enrollment increased by 2.6%, Black student enrollment increased by 16.5%, and American Indian or Alaska Native enrollment climbed by 40%. Asian student enrollment numbers decreased slightly.

Dual-credit enrollment: up. The number of high school students taking a U of I college-level course increased by 15.2%, and those dual-credit numbers are reflected in overall enrollment.

Law school enrollment: up. The College of Law has 424 students this year, a 7.1% increase.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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