2009.09.21 > For Immediate Release
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Transfer Students Find a Home at UNO, Student Diversity Sets Record
Omaha - First-time freshmen and transfer students account for about 3,400 of the student population at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), an increase of about 4 percent when compared to the fall 2008 semester. Statistics that look exclusively at transfer students show more than a 10 percent gain when compared to last year.
More than 1,370 students came to UNO from another institution at the start of the fall semester, up from 1,250 last year.
The Office of Institutional Research at UNO provided the following information.
Students who transfer to UNO from Metropolitan Community College for the fall 2009 semester: 410 (Up from 360 students who transferred in 2008).
Students who transfer to UNO from Iowa Western Community College for the fall 2009 semester: 83 (In 2008, the first year of the Metropolitan Advantage Program, 81 students came to UNO from IWCC. In 2007, only 48 IWCC students continued their education at UNO.)
Other area schools where students transferred from include: University of Nebraska-Lincoln (171); Community College of Air Force, a worldwide education program that partners with academic intuitions (39); Creighton University (26); Southeast Community College in Lincoln (26); Wayne State College (22); and Bellevue University (19).
“We welcome students to UNO who want to complete a degree or find a program that’s the right academic fit for their interests and goals,” said Chancellor John Christensen. “And given our metropolitan mission, our students take advantage of internship opportunities and entry-level positions in their career field. And many of these graduates stay in Omaha to pursue their careers and add to the city’s vitality.”
Diversity Among UNO’s Student Body Highest in School History
The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has recorded its highest number and percentage of ethnic minorities in the school’s 100-year history.
“UNO is committed to serving the metropolitan area and is pleased that the student population continues to represent the community it serves,” said Chancellor John Christensen.
Recent enrollment data also reveals:
The highest number of Hispanic males in UNO’s history: 262
The highest number of Hispanic females in UNO’s history: 296
The highest number of American Indian females in UNO’s history: 58
The highest number of African-American males in 10 years: 341
Of UNO’s total student population, 16 percent of the more than 15,300 students are minority or international students, according to the 2009-10 Student Profile. Nineteen percent of the university’s faculty are ethnic minority. Also of note from the Student Profile, which can be downloaded at the link below: 95 percent of campus freshmen say UNO was their first or second higher-education choice.
Visit www.unomaha.edu/instres/oir/student_profile for a snapshot of UNO’s student population.
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