The University of Toledo’s continued commitment to student success is reflected in the latest enrollment numbers that feature growing student retention and graduation rates even in the face of the effects from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Total enrollment for fall semester 2020 is 18,438, according to UToledo’s 15-day census numbers, which includes 14,424 undergraduate students and 4,014 graduate and professional students. Although exacerbated by the pandemic, these numbers do continue a decline in enrollment seen over time, which we are working hard to reverse. UToledo had 19,782 students enrolled in fall semester 2019, of which 15,568 were undergraduates and 4,214 were graduate students.
The first-to-second-year retention rate is 78.5%, which is the eighth consecutive year of more students returning to campus for their second year. The preliminary 6-year graduation rate is a record high of 53.3%.
“Thanks to the commitment of our faculty and staff in supporting student success, we are experiencing our highest retention and graduation rates in decades,” Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Karen Bjorkman said. “We will continue those efforts moving forward while also continuing to develop signature programs and new opportunities to attract additional students to our campuses.”
UToledo continues to expand programs in the health professions to meet student and community demand. The University is building its expertise and strength in interprofessional education across the range of health professions, as evidenced by strategic growth in the College of Nursing and the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Notably, the College of Law experienced the most overall growth this fall with a 6.5% increase in students.