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2008.09.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Enrollment Figures Reveal Increased Student Diversity

Omaha - Student diversity at UNO has reached an all-time high for the 100-year-old school. Nearly 12 percent of UNO students are classified as minorities.

“As UNO begins its 100th year serving the metropolitan area’s educational needs, we couldn’t be more pleased at our growing enrollment and the quality of students we are attracting from both the metro area and from Iowa,” said Chancellor John Christensen. “Our enrollment numbers demonstrate that UNO’s faculty and staff are helping students meet and exceed their educational and professional goals and, in turn, are sharing that satisfaction with peers who are considering where to attend college.”

The number of new students from Harrison, Mills and Pottawattamie counties in Iowa more than doubled, from 88 last fall to 194. Students from these three counties are taking advantage of the Metropolitan Advantage Program (MAP), which, for the first time, offers tuition below out-of-state rates, but slightly higher than in-state rates.

Before MAP, Iowa students attending UNO paid the nonresident rate of $456 per credit hour. Under the new plan, they pay $232 per hour, or 150 percent of Nebraska’s resident tuition.

MAP was announced in October 2007 to increase UNO’s nonresident enrollment, raise the educational level in the Omaha metropolitan area, and promote regional economic development.

Studies have shown that when significant price differential is eliminated, students will attend classes where it is convenient. The new UNO tuition for MAP students will be close to the rates charged by the University of Iowa, Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa.

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

Specific student diversity figures are as follows:

- African Americans: 775 students (758 in 2007; up 17 students)

- Hispanics: 491 students (468 students in 2007; up 23 students)

- Asian-Americans: 365 students (373 in 2007; down eight students)

- Native-Americans: 71 students (64 students in 2007; up seven students)

First-time freshmen account for 1,818 of UNO’s student population, an increase of 8.2 percent when compared to fall 2007. Also, the average ACT score of UNO’s incoming freshmen has increased to 23.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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