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CASNR Enrollment is Largest in History
Nebraska Ag Connection - 09/13/2018

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln announced that total enrollment in the college has increased for the 2018 fall semester. The total number of CASNR undergraduate, graduate and professional students is 3,199, which is a 3.4 percent increase from the previous academic year and the largest enrollment in the history of the college.

Total undergraduate enrollment increased 3.8 percent from last year with 445 incoming first-time freshman students and 187 transfer students for a total of 2,422. Just over 75 percent of undergraduate students are from Nebraska, with 585 non-resident students. Enrollment for non-resident students increased 19.9 percent compared to fall 2017.

"Over 90 percent of CASNR's spring 2018 eligible students are enrolled for the fall semester, which reaffirms the success and importance of our retention programming," CASNR Interim Dean Tiffany Heng-Moss said.

Graduate enrollment increased to a total of 711 students who work side-by-side with faculty recognized worldwide for innovation and creativity. Enrollment in CASNR's professional programs remains strong with 13 students in the Doctor of Plant Health program and 53 students in the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine, a joint program with Iowa State University.

CASNR also welcomed 101 international undergraduate students to campus this fall. As part of the incoming class, 50 students from Rwanda joined the CASNR Undergraduate Scholarship Program (CUSP). CUSP students will pursue a bachelor of science degree in integrated science that is focused on conservation agriculture, entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovative thinking and is aligned with the areas of need as identified by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources.

Fifty transfer students from Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University (NWAFU) started their fourth year of the 3+1 dual degree program in food science and technology. As part of this international collaboration, students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to learn from NWAFU faculty as well as faculty in Nebraska. For the first two years of the program, NWAFU students in China are taught in English. In the third year, Nebraska faculty travel to NWAFU to teach the students, and in the fourth year students travel to Nebraska to complete their degrees.

"Enrollment in both the CUSP and 3+1 programs are evidence of CASNR's commitment to inclusive excellence and identifying opportunities to leverage the diversity of our students, staff and faculty to enhance the learning experience for all," Heng-Moss said.

Fall enrollment at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln is 25,820. The university experienced its third-largest enrollment after graduating its largest class in history. The student body is also its most diverse in history, and enrollment of out-of-state freshmen continues to increase.

Fall semester registrations are reported annually, based on six-day census figures.

To learn more about the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, visit https://casnr.unl.edu/.

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