U of I fall enrollment declines

University of Idaho fall enrollment dropped 5 percent from 2012 to 11,844 students, the college reported Tuesday.

Reasons for the decline: A 6 percent drop in the number of continuing students to 8,028. The drop was caused by students graduating more quickly because of the reduced number of credits needed to get a diploma and the falling number of first-year students in the three prior years, school officials said.

U of I’s freshman class held about even at 1,638, up from 1,633.

Other enrollment highlights:

– Student retention rate was 79 percent, the highest among public colleges and universities in Idaho, U of I officials said.

– Nearly three-fourths of first-year students come from Idaho.

– U of I law school enrollment is at 113, up 3.7 percent.

– Enrollment at U of I Boise is 322, up 3.5 percent.

– More than a third β€” 35.2 percent β€” of first-year U of I undergraduates are first-generation college students.

β€œThe fact that over one-third of our new first-year undergraduates are first in their families to attend college demonstrates that the University of Idaho is playing a significant role in preparing Idahoans for the future,” said Katherine Aiken, interim provost and executive vice president.

Boise State University has not released its fall enrollment figures.

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