NU enrollment at 18-year high
September 6th, 2011
Omaha, NE – Enrollment jumped nearly one percent at the University of Nebraska this year, growing to an overall 50,352. Thatâ€™s the most since 1993. But the jumps were not across the board.
University of Nebraska Omahaâ€™s enrollment rose 0.3 percent, while University of Nebraska-Lincoln declined by 0.1 percent. The numbers at University of Nebraska at Kearney came in the highest with a 5.1 percent spike. The University of Nebraska Medical Center also gained ground at 3.5 percent.
In a statement, University President J.B. Milliken said heâ€™s â€œencouragedâ€ enrollment is up, but the University â€œwill need to pick up the paceâ€ to meet some ambitious goals. NU has set enrollment targets for 30,000 at UNL by 2017 and 20,000 at UNO by 2020. Thatâ€™s an increase of over 5,000 students at each campus.
Milliken pointed to a recent report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, which stated two-thirds of jobs in Nebraska will require some college education by 2018. Milliken said to meet these challenges, more young people must be encouraged to pursue a college degree, and that will require a â€œcoordinated effort between leaders in education, business and government.â€
Milliken added maintaining affordable access for Nebraska students remains the â€œhighest priorityâ€ of the NU Board of Regents, but attracting out-of-state and international students to Nebraska will also be key.
Enrollment at the University of Nebraskaâ€™s four campuses and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture for 2011-2012:
â€¢ University of Nebraska-Lincoln: 24,593 (0.1 percent decrease)
â€¢ University of Nebraska at Omaha: 14,712 (0.3 percent increase)
â€¢ University of Nebraska at Kearney: 7,100 (5.1 percent increase)
â€¢ University of Nebraska Medical Center: 3,614 (3.5 percent increase)
â€¢ Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture: 333 (13.1 percent decrease)
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