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2005.09.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Enrollment Up at UNO for Fall 2005

Omaha - Enrollment figures for the fall 2005 semester at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) show increases in the overall number of students and a variety of specific areas when compared to 2004.

UNO now has 14,093 students compared to 13,824 from last year, a two percent increase.  Student credit hour production is up even more – a three percent increase.

"What we are seeing is not only more students on campus, but students taking more classes, as well," said UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck.  "The first week here looked and felt busy, and our numbers show that UNO has, indeed, experienced significant growth."

The number of undergraduates this fall totaled 11,329, up nearly 300 students from last year.  Graduate student numbers for 2005 declined by 19 students to 2,764. 

New freshmen numbers rose to 1,762 from 1,646 in 2004.  The average ACT score of entering freshmen this fall also increased to an all-time high of 23.4.

Minority student numbers increased to 1,630 from 1,499.  Specific figures for students of color for this fall:

- 762 African-Americans, up 53 students compared to 2004;

- 440 Hispanics, up 60 students;

- 366 Asian-Americans, up 21 students;

- 62 Native Americans, down three students.

The total number of students who are state residents enrolled at UNO increased by 2.6 percent to 12,636 (10,403 undergraduate and 2,233 graduate); non-resident totals declined 3.1 percent (926 undergraduate and 531 graduate).  More than half of the non-resident falloff in numbers is due to a decline of 21 international students.

David Cicotello, director of new student enrollment services at UNO, said new student participation in orientation programs hit record levels, which often means greater fall enrollment. Nearly 2,800 freshmen and transfer students went through orientation.  The number of African-American and Hispanic students in orientation sessions went up significantly.  African-American student numbers went up more than 140 percent and Hispanics students by 100 percent.

"The number of freshmen attending UNO rose in the fall of 2004," Belck said.  "Seeing those numbers increase again and expand across the board is gratifying."

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