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ISU enrollment stalls after promising increase

ISU is facing a likely decline in enrollment because of the pandemic.

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Declining enrollment has been a focus of Idaho State University for a while.

That's why ISU started its first ever statewide marketing and advertising campaign.

"By all indications that was working. It was working very well," said ISU President Kevin Satterlee.

ISU saw an increase in applications, admissions, housing and scholarship applications before the pandemic hit, Satterlee said.

"The trend line was looking very good for this fall and I think we would have seen that statewide brand, image campaign come to fruition with some good numbers. But we don't know what will happen now," Satterlee said.

In Fall 2019, ISU reported a 0.3 percent increase in enrolled students from the previous year, primarily because of dual-credit and graduate students. That's a total of 38 more students.

A Virginia study polled students planning to enroll in college in the fall. One in five students said it was likely or highly likely they would not attend because of the pandemic. 

ISU administers their census in the fall and won't truly know the impacts of the pandemic until then.

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Emma Iannacone

Emma is a reporter for Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3.


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  1. “By all indications that was working. It was working very well,” said ISU President Kevin Satterlee.

    Wow! That’s hard to believe, isn’t it? People are a bit more concerned about what’s going to be LEFT of our society at the moment than what some slick, shallow, pretentious ‘ad campaign’ is trying to SELL them! I personally have believed for some time now that American citizens have a VERY high gullibility level, but even I realize there IS a limit! Maybe you really NEED that split-level, $60K pickup, just not QUITE as badly as you need to, say; EAT! Who knows, maybe in another month or two they’ll be suited beggars outside the ad agencies holding signs that say “Will lie for food.” 😉

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