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 — 35.2 percent — of first-year U of I undergraduates are first-generation college students.
“The 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.