Winter stats: local enrollment over 16,000; slight decrease in population due to missionary age change
Writer: Marc Stevens
Statistics released for Winter Semester 2013 at Brigham Young University-Idaho show a total local enrollment of 16,354 students, an increase of approximately 4 percent over last winter. This number refers to individuals who take BYU-Idaho courses and predominately reside in the Rexburg area.*
A drop in the student population due to the lowered service age eligibility for Latter-day Saint missionaries did occur as anticipated, with enrollment for Winter Semester 2013 down about 700 students from earlier projections. BYU-Idaho expects the missionary age change will likely impact enrollment numbers through the middle of 2014.
The university continues to see growth in the number of students enrolled in online courses and programs. These students reside across the United States and in several other countries. The number of online students for Winter Semester 2013 is 6,785, compared to 2,493 in Winter Semester 2012.
This semester the local student body consists of 7,566 male students and 8,788 female students (46.3 percent and 53.7 percent respectively). The number of married students is 3,937, comprising 24.1 percent of the total local student population.
*Of the total local enrollment of 16,354 students, 96.2 percent live in Rexburg, with the remaining 3.8 percent residing in locations from Idaho Falls to Ashton.