BYU-Idaho enrollment increases by 7 percent

Idaho’s largest private college grew enrollment by about 7 percent this fall.

Brigham Young University-Idaho Friday announced campus-based fall enrollment of 26,963, up from 25,176 a year ago.

About 18,000 of these students are living on or near the Rexburg campus for the fall semester, BYU-Idaho said Friday. The fall enrollment figure includes students who are enrolled in face-to-face, hybrid and online courses, as well as students in internships.

BYU-Idaho also reported a 25 percent increase in online student enrollment. Online enrollment totaled 17,523, up from 13,974 a year ago.

BYU-Idaho’s announcement means the state’s three largest private colleges grew enrollment despite the coronavirus pandemic: The College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University announced their numbers in September.

Enrollment numbers for Idaho’s four-year institutions were mixed. This week, Boise State University, the University of Idaho and Idaho State University announced overall enrollment decreases, caused largely by a drop in the number of high school students taking dual-credit college courses. Lewis-Clark State College announced an overall increase, linked to a surge in dual-credit enrollment.



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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