2010.09.03> For Immediate Release
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UNO Enrollment Up for Fifth Straight Year
Omaha - For the fifth straight year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will see an increase in the number of students enrolled. This comes at a time when the university has awarded a record number of degrees the past three years.
The university is pleased with its stable growth, said UNO Chancellor John Christensen, especially in light of the current economic pressures metropolitan students face.
“This remains a great time to be at the university,” Christensen said. “Students and their families see the value in pursuing higher education and they continue to see UNO’s metropolitan experience as one they want to be part of.”
UNO’s student head count for the Fall 2010 semester is 15,448 students, compared to 15,382 in 2009 and 14,998 in 2008. UNO students are also taking more classes. Total UNO credit hours for Fall 2010 came in at 164,437—the most credit hours ever at UNO—and up nearly 3,300 hours when compared to last year.
While the student population continues to increase, UNO has seen a steady growth of degrees granted. The university awarded more than 8,100 degrees over the past three academic years. Students earned nearly 2,700 degrees during 2009-10.
The diversity of the student population is another point of pride, Christensen said. For 2010-11, more than 14 percent of the more than 15,400 students are minority, and this year also marks the highest African-American and Hispanic enrollments in the last decade. UNO has more than 880 African-American students and more than 700 Hispanic students. International students make up another 4.4 percent of the student body.
An additional statistic to note is the average age of the UNO undergraduate continues to drop, making UNO a more traditional-age college campus. In 1996, the average age of a UNO student was 25 years old; that number dropped to age 22 in 2009, and is expected to dip slightly more in 2010-11.
On-campus student housing in a metropolitan setting is attractive, Christensen said. UNO now has space for more than 1,600 student-housing beds and another 480 beds will be added for 2011-12. The majority of those students are traditional college age.
“We have a terrific blend of traditional and non-traditional students on campus,” Christensen said. “UNO has become a 24-hour, seven-day a week institution with a wealth of student-focused activities and events.”
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