Largest enrollment in more than a decade at University of Nebraska
University-wide, enrollment is up in every category of students.
- First-time freshmen: 6,911 students (5.1 percent increase)
- Undergraduate students: 35,395 (2.2 percent increase)
- Graduate students: 9,182 (4.5 percent increase)
- Professional students: 2,154 (2 percent increase)
- Total enrollment: 47,058 students (2.7 percent increase)
Significant successes were noted in freshmen students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduate students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and continued success at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Enrollment at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) in Curtis increased by 20 percent, from 272 to 327 students.
Enrollment on each of the four campuses increased:
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln: 22,973 (3.9 percent increase)
- University of Nebraska at Omaha: 14,156 (1.8 percent increase)
- University of Nebraska at Kearney: 6,478 (0.2 percent increase)
- University of Nebraska Medical Center: 3,124 (1.9 percent increase)
He pointed out that this year's enrollment increase clearly exceeds the enrollment goal of 1.5 percent established by the Board of Regents in the University's strategic plan.
But Milliken added that Nebraska continues to face challenges in increasing the state's college-going rate, a goal set by Governor Heineman and embraced by the University. Nebraska enjoys a high school graduation rate of 84 percent, but only 27 percent of the state's residents have a bachelor's degree or higher.
"Across the country, there is a broad consensus among business and political leaders that in the 21st century, education is the most critical factor in the ability of an individual, a region or a nation to be successful and economically competitive," Milliken said. "Nebraska's next generation of business leaders, teachers, doctors and entrepreneurs are in our school systems now, and we must give them every opportunity to succeed."
Initial enrollment numbers are based on a count on the sixth day of fall semester. More detailed numbers are reported later in the fall.
See factbook for headcount numbers
For more information about enrollment on individual campuses, contact:
UNli Kelly Bartling, 402- 472-2059
UNO: Wendy Townley, 402 554-2762
UNK: Randall Mertens, 308 865-8136
UNMC: Tom O'Connor, 402 559-4690