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ISU sees more grad students, fewer undergrads in 2020

University officials say the school has seen a whopping 41.5% increase in out-of-state transfer students this semester.
Credit: Idaho State University
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POCATELLO, Idaho — Idaho State University saw a 5.1% decrease in total students enrolling for the Fall 2020 semester, a downturn school officials say is tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A total of 11,786 students are enrolled at the Pocatello-based college this semester, down from 12,425 in Fall 2019. Despite the pandemic, ISU has attracted 143 more graduate students to its programs, a 6.9% increase. 

Transfers have also increased, with a 2.9% jump in students transferring from somewhere else in Idaho and a whopping 41.7 percent increase in non-Idaho resident transfer students.

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Undergraduate enrollment, in contrast, fell by 7.5%. 

The university estimates that a significant portion of the overall decrease were Early College students - those dual-enrolled in ISU courses while in high school. 

University officials say they have 430 fewer dual-enrolled students this year, likely due to the irregular timing of high school schedules related to the spread of COVID-19.

"Our University came together as a team to focus on fully supporting our students during a time of great uncertainty," President Kevin Satterlee said. "The COVID-19 pandemic changed everything, but throughout all of the uncertainty and adjustments to our operations, we have remained focused on our mission of education. We know COVID-19 impacted our fall enrollment, and we will continue to provide a safe learning environment for our students in the spring."

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