2013.09.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
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UNO Has Largest Incoming Undergraduate Class in History, Total Enrollment Tops 15,000 Students
Gains also seen in graduate students, minority students, international students and nonresident students
Omaha - With a total enrollment of 15,227 for the Fall 2013 semester, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) continues its multi-year trend of increased student enrollment, with the largest incoming undergraduate class in UNO history at 3,251 students.
This year’s overall enrollment numbers are a 3 percent increase over last year, the largest increase in overall student enrollment in five years.
UNO also saw significant gains in the number of new freshmen students, graduate students, minority students, international students and nonresident students.
“I believe we have exceeded even our own lofty expectations,” said Chancellor John Christensen. “The quality of education these 15,000-plus enrollees will have as UNO students is second only to the quality of accomplishments they will have as UNO alumni. The impact of earning a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree will give these UNO students an edge in a very competitive job market.”
This year, UNO made strides in a number of important areas including enrolling the largest new freshmen class in history at 1,890 students and increasing the minority student population by 16.1 percent across undergraduate and graduate students.
“We are excited about our enrollment growth and institutional trajectory,” said Pelema Morrice, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management. “UNO is closer to realizing its mission as a premier metropolitan university serving both the Omaha/Council Bluffs area and the state of Nebraska as a whole.”
UNO made additional increases in important areas like graduate students, which increased 9.1 percent to 2,892 enrollees; international students, which increased 4.3 percent to 732 enrollees; and nonresident students, which increased 4.1 percent to 1,928 total enrollees.
“It’s incredibly important not just to have a large student population, but a diverse student population that represents diverse metro areas like Omaha,” said Deborah Smith-Howell, dean of Graduate Studies. “As a responsive metropolitan partner, we’ve worked to adjust our curriculum by expanding programs and adding online offerings.”
One graduate-level area with significant growth this year is education and teacher preparation.
"We are extremely happy with the growth in our graduate programs this year," said Nancy Edick, dean of the College of Education. "UNO's partnership with the community is central to fulfilling our mission of educating and supporting the highest quality teachers, and I think that is reflected in our increased enrollment."
This year’s numbers are also reflection of the important steps UNO has recently taken to become a premier metropolitan institution:
- Earning the Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution classification
- Completion of a state-of-the-art biomechanics research building
- Building a one-of-a-kind community engagement center
- Moving to Division I athletics and building a new university/community arena
- Selection as one of the most military-friendly universities in the country
- Offering a nationally-ranked online bachelor’s degree
“Our increased enrollment, diverse student body and our long-standing tradition of academic excellence makes this a very good time to be a Maverick,” Christensen said.
For more information on this year’s enrollment numbers, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at email@example.com.
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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s metropolitan university. The core values of the institution place students at the center of all that the university does; call for the campus to strive for academic excellence; and promote community engagement that transforms and improves urban, regional, national and global life. 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.
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