LINCOLN, Neb. — The University of Nebraska system enrolled more students than ever this fall, officials said Wednesday.
Enrollment at the four campuses and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis totaled 52,515, according to a news release from the office of university President Hank Bounds. That’s 1.3 percent more than last fall and more than the system’s previous high of 52,108, set in 1992.
Bounds said the increase means, among other things, that “we’re expanding opportunities for even more students to transform their lives through education.”
The Lincoln campus reported enrollment of 25,897 — a 2.5 percent increase. The Omaha campus reported enrollment of 15,627 — an increase of 0.7 percent. The Medical Center in Omaha reported enrollment of 3,861 for an increase of 1.9 percent. The Kearney campus reported enrollment of 6,788 — an increase of 0.6 percent.
The College of Technical Agriculture reported enrollment of 342 — a decrease of 33.2 percent. University system spokeswoman Melissa Lee said the big drop resulted from the ag school’s dropping some dual-enrollment classes. Those were liberal arts courses offered in high schools for students who wanted to earn high school and college credits at the same time.
Dropping those courses lets the college focus on its ag courses, officials have said.
Lee noted that the full-time, on-campus enrollment at the ag school rose 2.5 percent this fall — to 245 compared with 239 a year ago.