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Enrollment statistics released this week for Spring Semester 2009 show Brigham Young University-Idaho students are taking more credits.
According to statistics from the BYU-Idaho Student Records and Registration Office, while total enrollment only increased by 0.5 percent from last April, the full-time equivalent (FTE) increased by 6.4 percent. FTE is calculated by dividing the total number of credits being taken by 15, a full credit load.
The head count stands at 11,169 students compared to 11,112 for the 2008 Spring Semester. FTE rose to 9,370 compared to last year's 8,808.
University registrar Kyle Martin said having more students taking a higher credit load is a good thing. It means students are progressing toward their degrees faster.
"I think it really validates that the spring semester is becoming an equivalent, viable option for the winter/spring, spring/fall students, which bodes well for the enhanced enrollment goals which we have over the next several years," Martin said.
The student body consists of 2,951 freshmen, 3,059 sophomores, 2,362 juniors and 2,797 seniors. There are 3,243 married students, comprising 29 percent of the student body. About 42 percent of BYU-Idaho students have served full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
There are 6,169 female students (55 percent) and 5,000 male students (45 percent). The university has 316 international students, representing 52 countries.