Each fall semester feels as though there are even more freshmen wandering through Boise State campus with a dazed and confused look on their face. This may be an indication of a growing enrollment rate.
President Kustra hinted in his “President’s Address” on Aug. 21, enrollment might be dropping because of low high school graduation rates throughout the nation. However, recent statistics from Education Week came out with a survey saying national high school graduation rates were as high as 75 percent in 2010 (the most recent year available for
Education Week’s Editorial Projects in Education Research Center performed the survey and analyzed the data. The Research Center is a non-profit division of Education Weekly that publishes Edweek.
According to Education Week, 75 percent is the highest high school graduation rate in 40 years. The last time two-thirds of students graduated from high school was in 1973.
According to James Anderson, the vice president of Enrollment Services, Boise State has less to fear with regard to lower high school graduation rates than schools in other
“Lower high school graduation rates across the nation impact institutions in different ways. Boise State is located in a state and region trending higher in high school graduates,” Anderson said. “Schools in the north-east and mid-west will have different challenges associated with a lower number of students graduating from
Idaho’s graduation rate in particular, is as high as 84 percent in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
While it is too soon to determine what this year’s enrollment is, the last four years have seen a gradual increase in enrollment (see the graph located to the right). This may be a reflection of the increased high school graduation rates.
According to Anderson, total enrollment cannot yet be calculated, but there was an increase in new
“Boise State did see an increase in the number of new freshman admitted students from Idaho and an increase in admitted transfer students from both in state and out of state,” Anderson said. “Over the past five years, our continuing student retention rate has risen steadily and we continue to experience increases in the percent of students
Anderson explained why he felt enrollment at Boise State would not dwindle in the next few years.
“We will continue to see students and parents who appreciate a high quality education while maintaining affordability. Boise State continues to offer a high quality educational experience, expand academic offerings, and offer outstanding campus experiences, while maintaining affordability,” Anderson said.
While he believes enrollment will continue to grow, Anderson also agreed with the statements made by Kustra during his address.
“I agree with President Kustra’s statement. As Boise State continues to move forward, enrollments change over time,”
Boise State is not the only institution of higher education in Idaho experiencing an increase in enrollment. College of Idaho underwent their second highest enrollment rate in 2011-2012 year with 1,041 students enrolled. University of Idaho official enrollment stood at 12,493 students for the 2012 year.
As the high school graduation rate continues to rise, it is safe to say the enrollment rate will continue to rise as well.