Amy Dalrymple, Published August 26 2009
NDSU nears 14,000 mark
NDSU reported a record 13,855 students on the first full day of classes Tuesday, a 7.6 percent increase over last year’s first-day headcount of 12,871 students.
Prakash Mathew, vice president for student affairs, said before Tuesday, he was hesitant about whether NDSU would hit 14,000 this year.
“I did not anticipate this type of an increase,” Mathew said. “Now we are in reach of that 14,000.”
NDSU broke the 13,000 mark for the first time last fall with a final headcount of 13,229 students.
The official fall tally will be announced on Sept. 22.
Mathew attributes the increase to many factors, including an increase in student retention, more transfer students, and a higher number of international, graduate and Minnesota students.
Administrators are monitoring the enrollment growth and adding more sections of classes where needed, President Joseph Chapman said.
“It’s obviously a significant increase, but one that we believe we can accommodate,” Chapman said.
Enrollment of freshmen actually decreased this year by about 7 percent. That’s because NDSU had a record freshman class last year, Mathew said.
Other area campuses reported preliminary enrollments Tuesday, but official totals won’t be taken until later in the semester.
E The University of North Dakota has 12,470 students enrolled, a 1.6 percent increase over last year’s first-day enrollment of 12,276.
Spokesman Peter Johnson said the campus is seeing growth in all categories of students.
Last year was the first time NDSU’s final enrollment surpassed UND’s.
E Minnesota State University Moorhead’s early enrollment was holding steady at 7,252 students.
Officials don’t have a comparable number for this time last year because MSUM changed the timing of when registrations are canceled for nonpayment.
Spokesman Doug Hamilton said officials are confident MSUM will maintain a final enrollment around 7,500 students.
E Minnesota State Community and Technical College has 5,802 students enrolled, a 3.8 percent increase over the 5,590 students enrolled last year at this time, said Carrie Brimhall, dean of enrollment.
The two-year college has campuses in Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes and Wadena.
The Moorhead campus has 3,096 students so far this fall, a 1.3 percent decrease from last year’s enrollment of 3,137 students.
However, the Moorhead campus is serving more students on campus and through online classes, Brimhall said.
The decrease is because MSCTC is no longer teaching as many basic math classes at MSUM, Brimhall said.
- The North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton reports 2,525 students, a 4.4 percent increase compared to last year’s first-day enrollment of 2,418 students.
Both NDSCS and MSCTC officials cited the economy as the main reason more students are headed to community colleges.
- At Valley City (N.D.) State University, officials are viewing a 10 percent first-day enrollment increase with caution.
The university has 1,007 students enrolled, compared with 915 a year ago at this time.
Spokesman Doug Anderson said the increase may be because officials put more emphasis this year on registering early in an effort to get students to return after spring flooding.
- Mayville (N.D.) State University plans to release numbers today.
2008 2009 change
NDSU 12,871 13,855 7.6%
UND 12,276 12,470 1.6%
MSUM* NA 7,252 NA
MSCTC 5,590 5,802 3.8%
NDSCS 2,418 2,525 4.4%
VCSU 915 1,007 10.1%
* MSUM does not have a comparable number for 2008 first-day enrollment, but officials expect enrollment to be stable.
** Mayville State expects to release numbers today.
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