Enrollment is down at University of Idaho and Boise State University, though U of I saw an uptick in the number of first-year students and Boise State’s retention rates are up.
According to news releases, Boise State’s enrollment is down just less than 3 percent from fall of 2012, from 22,678 students to 22,003, and U of I’s enrollment is down just more than 5 percent, from 12,493 students to 11,844.
Boise State reported that retention rates for freshmen are at an all-time high, and that nearly 95 percent of freshmen are full-time, degree-seeking students.
U of I reported that the number of first-year students is up, as are the numbers of graduate and international students. Its student retention rate is 79 percent, the highest among Idaho’s public institutions.
Enrollment at U of I’s Idaho Falls campus dropped significantly, 31.7 percent from fall of 2012. No programs have been cut at that campus, according to a spokeswoman.
“We are investigating why the significant drop in enrollment at Idaho Falls, but we don’t actually know for sure what caused that,” U of I spokeswoman Karen Hunt said.
Hunt said it’s possible some issues with federal funding during the enrollment period may have affected enrollment.
“Most of the students that attend Idaho Falls are graduate students, and they are greatly affected by any federal cuts that do happen to any program,” she said.