Despite concerns about COVID-19, student enrollment at the University of Nebraska Medical Center has set a record high for the 2020-2021 school year. The university says 4,247 students enrolled this year.
That represents an increase of 192 students, or 4.7% over last year's record of 4,055. The increase of 192 students is the biggest increase at UNMC since it added 249 students in 2010.
“Our enrollment numbers reflect the hard work and perseverance that our deans and student recruitment offices have shown over the past year. I could not be more proud and grateful,” Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, says. “This increase also is indicative of our growing reputation as a leading academic health science center. In short, students want to learn, both in-person and remotely, from the quality faculty members here at UNMC.”
Dr. Dele Davies is senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean for graduate studies and says the enrollment this year is truly remarkable.
“It’s gratifying to see, as we appreciate and have been eyewitnesses to the major challenges many families have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Davies says. “A substantial component -- 42% of the increase in enrollment -- was due to an uptick in students pursuing online programs, led by strong interest in the College of Public Health with a very high demand for the online master of public health degree.”
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