Idaho State reports enrollment increase, record retention rate

Fueled by a big freshman class, Idaho State University is reporting an enrollment increase this fall.

All told, 1,759 first-year students enrolled at Idaho State — up 26% from the previous fall. It represents Idaho State’s largest freshman class in nearly a decade.

The big freshman class is not really a surprise — Idaho State issued a news release in September touting some preliminary numbers. But this week, Idaho State and the state’s other four-year schools had to turn in their final fall numbers to the State Board of Education.

Some thumbnails:

  • Overall enrollment: up, by 2.6%.
  • Undergraduate enrollment, up, by 6.4%.
  • Graduate enrollment: down, by 3.4%.
  • Dual-credit enrollment: down, by 1.6%.

Idaho State also touted a record retention rate.

Retention has been one of Idaho State’s policy priorities for several years, and this year’s 74% rate is up 10 percentage points from three years ago.

“Moving the retention needle for an entire university by even a few percentage points is incredibly difficult, but to increase our retention rate by 10% over three years is truly a significant achievement,” said Corey Zink, associate vice president for enrollment management, in a news release Wednesday. “This represents a staggering investment of time and energy from every department and division.”

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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