2009.09.04 > For Immediate Release
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UNO Sees 2.6 Percent Increase in Student Enrollment
Omaha - Word has spread about the metropolitan educational experience for students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). The university, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, has reported a 2.6 percent increase in student enrollment for the fall 2009 semester, equaling about 15,380 students.
First-time freshmen and transfer students account for about 3,400 of UNO’s student population, an increase of about 4 percent when compared to the fall 2008 semester.
UNO enrolled more than 160 new students from Harrison, Mills and Pottawattamie counties in Iowa. Students from these three counties are taking advantage of the Metropolitan Advantage Program (MAP), which 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 $502.50 per credit hour. Today, MAP students pay $255.75 per credit hour, which is 150 percent the resident rate of $170.50 per credit hour.
UNO announced MAP in 2007 to increase nonresident enrollment, raise the educational level in the Omaha metropolitan area and promote regional economic development.
Community engagement is one of UNO’s three strategic goals, and evidence of this exists in new structures on campus. The $31 million Mammel Hall, home to the College of Business Administration, will open near the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute next fall. The new building is close to the rapidly growing Aksarben Village development and will allow for further growth of community and business partnerships.
Also slated to open in the fall of 2010 is a completely renovated Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building, designed for students, faculty, staff and alumni. The $38 million facility will significantly contribute to campus life at UNO and become a hub of learning and recreation.
UNO is also proud of its extensive research, scholarly and creative activity. Faculty and staff submittals led to $15.8 million of external funding awards in the last fiscal year, and awards have increased 43 percent over a three-year period.
Awards are from a variety of international, federal, state, foundation and private sources, and support a broad array of research, teaching and service projects. These projects include implementing a literacy program in Afghanistan, to cutting edge research projects in bioinformatics and collaboration engineering, to developing a program to address truancy and lost youth in the Omaha metropolitan area.
A local example of this research lies with the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD). In 2006 OPPD and UNO announced the Energy Research Application Initiative, which explores how the science and technology of residential and commercial energy conservation can be developed and applied to achieve a substantial reduction in energy demand by individuals and small businesses
As a result of past external awards, last year close to $1 million of support was provided to students through graduate assistant salaries, hourly wages and financial aid payments. This funding also supported UNO students in participating in higher-order research and educational experiences.
“As we welcome our 100th class of incoming freshmen, UNO ranks among the nation’s elite metropolitan universities,” said Chancellor John Christensen. “We are committed to providing a dynamic and diverse higher-education experience in a metropolitan setting where our students develop the academic skills needed to be successful wherever their lives or careers may take them. Fortunately, the majority of our graduates stay in Omaha, continuing to contribute to the community's vitality.”
Editor’s note: Next week UNO will issue separate press releases that detail the increased enrollments of MAP students, graduate students and programs, overall student diversity, international students and transfer students.
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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes 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 www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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