POCATELLO, Idaho — Idaho State University has seen a 2.1 percent drop in enrollment when compared to last fall.

According to the university’s 10th-day total enrollment figures there are 11,025 students enrolled this semester while there were 11,259 at this time last year, The Idaho State Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2cizZfF).

University officials say they expected the decrease, which is mostly comprised of international students. International enrollment dropped by 513 students, or 36 percent.

ISU received some negative attention earlier this year because of cultural clashes and safety concerns involving Middle Eastern students, but Scott Scholes, associate vice president of enrollment management, said he doesn’t think that contributed to the decline.

He said Saudi Arabia hasn’t sent new freshman in two years due to the number of international students already in the business and engineering programs. Kuwait didn’t send freshman this year because of similar concerns.

Scholes said the large class that just graduated also affected enrollment figures.

Despite the overall drop in enrollment, officials say the number of Idaho resident students increased by 2.6 percent, or 227 students, and the number of non-resident domestic students and graduate students both increased by 4.8 percent.

“We’re very excited and happy about the increases in Idaho students — that’s been a focus,” said Laura Woodworth-Ney, executive vice president and provost.

ISU officials expect enrollment numbers to continue to increase by Census Day on Oct. 15.


Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com