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More students head to BSU, University of Idaho

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Two of Idaho's four-year universities report increased enrollment in fall of 2016.

Boise State University fall enrollment is up 8 percent after holding nearly flat between 2014 and 2015.

University of Idaho, where increasing enrollment has been a top goal, showed a 3.6 percent increase to 11,780 over the previous fall. This fall marks the first enrollment increase at U of I since 2012.

Idaho State University reported a drop of 71 students to 13,062, a decline of 0.5 percent.

Boise State University

Total enrollment is 23,886, an increase 1,773 students.

Much of the growth was led by a six percent increase in undergraduates to slightly more than 20,000.

“Our new degree programs, a robust student experience and expanding campus infrastructure have only strengthened our profile regionally and nationally,” said Bob Kustra, Boise State president.

Campus officials credit a number of college programs with helping improve enrollment:

-- BSU's "True Blue Promise" scholarship for up to $8,000 for four years based on both need and merit.

-- A scholarship campaign that has raised $40 million.

-- Idaho’s direct enrollment program that automatically accepts qualified high school graduates.

University of Idaho

First time undergraduate enrollment rose 6.5 percent or 1,235 students.

“I am very pleased to see an overall enrollment increase at U of I and we are definitely gaining ground in our enrollment goals,” said President Chuck Staben.. "There is still work to do."

Idaho State University

Undergraduate enrollment dropped 1.4 percent or 156 students.

“We’re very pleased to see that our recruitment efforts continue to attract quality students to ISU,” said Laura Woodworth-Ney, ISU executive vice president and provost.

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