University of Nebraska enrollment keeps rising with the growth rate of the four-campus system hitting an 18-year high.
The only blemish on an otherwise update report was a slight drop in enrollment on the flagship campus in Lincoln. University of Nebraska-Lincoln enrollment dropped 0.1% to 24,593. The Kearney campus grew by slightly more than 5%, with enrollment this year totaling 7,100. A slight point-three percent increase on the Omaha campus lifted UNO enrollment to 14,712. University of Nebraska Medical Center, which is located in Omaha, grew by 3½% to 3,614.
The university reports the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture’s enrollment this fall stood at 333 students, a 13% decline.
Still, the total enrollment in the system topped 50,000 students for the first time since 1993.
“We’ve maintained, I think, a competitive position with our peers and we are a very good value for a leading public university,” according to J. B. Milliken, University of Nebraska president.
Milliken notes that the total system enrollment is up for the seventh straight year.
The report contains an intriguing mix. Enrollment for undergraduate, graduate and professional students rose slightly. Enrollment for freshman fell slightly. All are considered important benchmarks.
Milliken has set an ambitious goal for future enrollment: 30,000 students for UNL by 2017 and 20,000 for UNO by 2020.
As for the slight drop at UNL, Milliken says the Cornhuskers’ move to the Big 10 should help the university as a whole.
“I think that we will have the opportunity to recruit from many of those Big 10 states that will now see UNL as a peer and as a place that they know more about, that they get to see more of on the Big 10 network,” Milliken says.
Milliken says recruiting out-of-state, international and distance-education students will be the key to growth this year.
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