Nebraska College Enrollment Drops, Peru State's Climbs

September 9, 2019 - 3:13pm

Enrollment numbers across a number of colleges and universities in Nebraska are down this year.

The University of Nebraska announced Monday four of five campuses saw decreased enrollments, while Peru State College in southeast Nebraska reports this year’s freshman class is the biggest in 30 years.

Jesse Dorman, vice president of enrollment management and student affairs, said the addition of four junior varsity sports and competitive cheer drove the increased enrollment.

“I think the key is to be in tune with today’s student and parent," Dorman said. "They have interests, they’re whole approach to four year degree is probably changed since years and decades past.”

Susan Fritz, interim president of the University of Nebraska, said national enrollment numbers are down as well.

“We’re certainly not satisfied with that," Fritz said. "We’re going to be working even harder with our chancellors and across our systems to recruit more students next year. We also are not totally surprised.”

The University of Nebraska Medical Center was the lone University of Nebraska campus with increased enrollment this year. UNMC’s enrollment has increased 19 years in a row.





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