February 16, 2017
Writer: Brett Crandall
REXBURG, Idaho - Official winter enrollment totals for both on-campus and online students at Brigham Young University-Idaho show continued upward growth.
Statistics released for Winter Semester 2017 show a total campus enrollment of 18,065 students, an increase of 2.0 percent over last winter's campus enrollment of 17,714. An additional 4,111 campus-based students are enrolled at the university, but taking online courses or fulfilling internships. Online courses have allowed for enrollment growth without students having to be on campus.
This semester the campus student body consists of 9,314 male students and 8,751 female students, (51.6 percent and 48.4 percent respectively). The total number of married students is 4,528, comprising 25.1 percent of the total campus student population. On-campus students who have served full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints number 10,344 (57.3 percent of the student body).
Enrollment in BYU-Idaho's online programs also continues to grow rapidly, with the university serving more students off campus than on campus. The number of online students, including Pathway, for Winter Semester 2017 is 20,941, an increase of 11.5 percent over last winter's comparable online student enrollment of 18,775.
Continued growth in enrollment can be attributed, in large part, to BYU-Idaho's unique educational emphasis. According to surveys of students and potential students, several consistent variables contribute to the appeal of attending the university. These include: the teaching focus of its faculty, the opportunity to gather with other students who share common values, the university's focus on real-world preparation, and the high-value educational experience offered. An increasing number of students and parents recognize that BYU-Idaho is student focused by design.