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The University of Toledo’s efforts to attract a more diversified student body have led to a spring 2014 enrollment with some of the highest numbers of online and international students.

Overall enrollment was 19,037 as of Jan. 20, the official 15-day enrollment reporting date. Overall enrollment in spring 2013 was 19,795.

There are three times as many new degree-seeking students studying completely online this spring than this time last year with 150.

The number of new degree-seeking international students is higher than it has ever been for a spring semester with 166. Students enrolled in the American Language Institute at UT, while not degree-seeking students, support the trend of international student growth with 350 enrolled this spring, which is the largest in the program’s 37-year history.

Rebalancing the portfolio of students at UT has been a key initiative of Dr. Cam Cruickshank, vice president for enrollment management and online education.

“As the number of direct-from-high-school students declines in our state and across the Midwest, we are seeking to diversify the student body here at UT,” Cruickshank said. “The increase in international and online students, as well as the increase in first to second semester retention rates, demonstrates that we are on the correct path.”

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