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2011.09.06 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Sees Enrollment Increase for Fall 2011

Omaha - Additional student housing, a move to Division I athletics and a nearly $14 million renovation of Roskens Hall, home to UNO’s College of Education, is just part of the good news hailing from the 103-year-old metropolitan university in the heart of Omaha at the start of the 2011-2012 academic year.

For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has an increase of students: 14,712, or 0.32 percent when compared to 2010-2011.

The culture of UNO is changing, and has been evolving since UNO’s first student housing development – University Village – opened to students in 1999. Today, the university offers five student housing communities between the Dodge Street and Pacific Street campuses.

Last month, Scott Court, a 480-bed facility, opened to students near 67th and Pine Streets. The additional student housing means nearly 400 additional, traditional-age students are living in residence halls at UNO while working toward their degrees.

Since 1999 UNO has continually seen an increase of traditional-age freshmen, with this year’s freshman class holding steady at 1,786 students.

To emphasize the importance of this trend and encourage freshman students to earn their degrees, UNO hosted a new (and now annual) event last month: Freshman Convocation. The event is designed to welcome the university’s youngest students, and motivate them to earn their degree in four years.

And perhaps the best news: UNO students are not only taking classes, but they are also graduating.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, UNO saw high numbers of students earn degrees: 950 graduates in December 2010, and more than 1,700 graduates in May 2011.

“Each new academic year brings its own challenges and opportunities,” said Chancellor John Christensen. “I’m encouraged that our enrollment has shown an increase. With new facilities, like the College of Education’s Roskens Hall and student housing’s Scott Court, UNO is again well positioned for continued growth.”

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