The combination of increased enrollment numbers at almost all of the University of Nebraska campuses has led to NU's highest enrollment numbers in 20 years.
The total enrollment for all of NU's four campuses plus the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture has reached 50,705 this fall. This is up 1 percent over last year, with the 7 percent increase of first-time freshman making a big impact.
Three of the four university campuses saw an increase in their total enrollment numbers; the only exception was the University of Nebraska-Kearney which saw nearly 150 fewer students enroll this fall.
However, this is the third straight year UNK has reached enrollment numbers over 7,000. This fall 7,052 students enrolled for class.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln saw a 1 percent increase, with enrollment numbers reaching 24,445. The University of Nebraska-Omaha saw a 3 percent increase, with 15,227 students registering for classes. And the University of Nebraska Medical Center saw a .7 percent increase, with 3,681 enrolled.
University of Nebraska President James Milliken says he is pleased with the overall growth, but says the university must do even more to attract and retain students from Nebraska and other states and countries for the University system to remain competitive.
The university president says this means providing a quality, affordable education to allow future needs to be met.