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University set to welcome nearly 21,000 students for fall semester

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson greets students and parents on "Move-in Day" Aug. 20, 2015.

There’s a little bit of fall already in the air, and it’s definitely feeling that way on the University of Nevada, Reno campus with parents on the grounds, students settling in to the residence halls, the student bookstore doing brisk business and the overall pace and activity picking up. Another record enrollment is expected, with nearly 21,000 students projected for the fall semester.

KUNR's Beyond the Headlines previewed the incoming freshman class and looked at the diversity and dynamics of the 2015-16 student body, as University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson visited with Shannon Ellis, vice president of student services. (Interviewed by David Stipech; air date 8-21-15.)

The continued growth of the university provides educational and career opportunities for students from throughout the state and out of state, diversifying and energizing the northern Nevada economy. A recent survey showed that 42% of out-of-state students who graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno take jobs in Nevada.

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University of Nevada, Reno projected 2015 fall enrollment (Source: UNR)

The University’s projected enrollment is a “frequently asked question” as students are welcomed and the fall semester begins. Enrollment figures are fluid at the start of the semester and are finalized in mid-September following the “add/drop” deadline. To assist in the meantime, here are communication points developed by Institutional Analysis, Student Services, Graduate School and Communications:

  • Enrollment at the University of Nevada, Reno has steadily increased over the past several years and last year the University experienced a 6 percent increase in enrollment. Enrollment growth will continue in fall 2015 when the University’s enrollment is projected to approach 21,000 students. Last year, the University welcomed its largest enrollment ever, with 19,934 undergraduate and graduate students.
  • The University projects substantial growth in new students, both transfers and freshmen. As the University attracts new students, retention of current students remains strong. The projected fall-to-fall freshmen retention rate is anticipated to be 81 percent.
  • The freshman class will include a continued strong representation of Nevada students with an increase in students from Washoe and Clark Counties, as well as an increase from out of state, primarily California. The University continues to partner with Washoe County School District to smooth the path to college and have students better prepared for success.
  • The freshman class is anticipated to be one of the most diverse classes in the school’s history.
  • Admissions data indicates the freshman class will arrive with higher incoming test scores and grade point averages.
  • There are 3,100 students assigned to the residence halls this fall. The University has been able to accommodate all students who met the housing deadline.
  • The University’s residence halls are at 120 percent of their design capacity. To meet demand, rooms in Argenta Hall and Peavine Hall, the University’s newest student housing option, are converted from doubles to triples, and Juniper Hall rooms remain at double occupancy versus single occupancy. White Pine Hall will remain open to residence hall use for the semester.
David Stipech is a former general manager at KUNR Public Radio.
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