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2007.09.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

Number of Hispanic, Asian Students Reach All-Time High at UNO

Omaha - Student enrollment at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has increased 1.8 percent when compared to the fall 2006 semester. This year also marks the highest enrollment at UNO since 2002.

UNO now has 14,156 students compared to 13,906 at this time last year. Student credit hour production has increased 1.5 percent.

Of the additional students earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UNO this year, Hispanic males and females, as well as Asian females, have enrolled at an all-time high for the university.

David Cicotello, director of new student enrollment services at UNO, attributes the increased diversity of UNO’s student population to an effective recruitment approach that is conscious of community needs and includes attention to the families of prospective students.

The number of undergraduates this fall totaled 11,331, up 175 students from last year. Graduate student numbers for this fall totaled 2,825, a 2.7 percent increase from 2006.

First-time freshmen account for 1,680 of the student population, a decline of 1.9 percent when compared to fall 2006.

Specific minority student figures are as follows:

- African-Americans: 758 students (735 in 2006; up 23 students)
- Hispanics: 468 students (447 in 2006; up 21 students)
- Asian-Americans: 373 students (369 in 2006; up 4 students)
- Native-Americans: 64 students (63 in 2006; up 1 student)

“We are proud that our student enrollment reflects the diversity of the metropolitan area we serve,” said Chancellor John Christensen. “We’re also seeing an increase of graduate students on campus, which means those students with undergraduate degrees are seeking to better themselves, their careers and their futures with additional education."

Following the release of fall 2007 enrollment numbers, Christensen noted that UNO continues to be the institution of choice for increasing numbers of new and transfer students.

For more information, call 554-2762.

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