So far CEI enrollment almost double last year

Almost twice as many students have enrolled at the College of Eastern Idaho already for the fall semester as had by this point in 2017.

So far, 1,295 students have applied to CEI for fall 2018 and 920 have enrolled, college President Rick Aman told trustees at Wednesday evening’s meeting. In 2017, 621 students had applied and 467 had already enrolled by this point.

“The enrollments have been going exceedingly well,” he said.

The college’s goal is to get 1,500 students in the fall. Students can theoretically enroll up to the first day of classes on Aug. 20 if there are open seats, although some of the traditional career technical programs are expected to fill up so applicants would get put on a waiting list, said college spokesman Todd Wightman. Changes since last fall include more general education options and the addition of a cybersecurity program.

Most programs still have room as of now, Aman said, although a couple of programs such as the welding and nursing programs already have filled up. Aman said the college has waiting lists for programs that fill up.

In the future, Aman said, CEI may look at creating morning and afternoon sessions for its most popular career technical programs.

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