NU enrollment at 18-year high

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September 6th, 2011

Omaha, NE – Enrollment jumped nearly one percent at the University of Nebraska this year, growing to an overall 50,352. That’s the most since 1993. But the jumps were not across the board.

UNO enrollment climbed 0.3 percent to 14,712 for the 2011-2012 academic year. (Photo courtesy University of Nebraska)

University of Nebraska Omaha’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 he’s “encouraged” enrollment is up, but the University “will need to pick up the pace” to meet some ambitious goals. NU has set enrollment targets for 30,000 at UNL by 2017 and 20,000 at UNO by 2020. That’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 “coordinated effort between leaders in education, business and government.”

Milliken added maintaining affordable access for Nebraska students remains the “highest priority” 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 Nebraska’s four campuses and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture for 2011-2012:

• University of Nebraska-Lincoln: 24,593 (0.1 percent decrease)
• University of Nebraska at Omaha: 14,712 (0.3 percent increase)
• University of Nebraska at Kearney: 7,100 (5.1 percent increase)
• University of Nebraska Medical Center: 3,614 (3.5 percent increase)
• Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture: 333 (13.1 percent decrease)

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