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Ryan Johnson, Published August 22 2012

NDSU, UND set first-day fall enrollment records

FARGO – North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota set first-day fall semester enrollment records Tuesday, the schools reported Wednesday.

NDSU had 14,319 students by Tuesday, an increase of 79 students or about 0.6 percent compared to the first full day of classes last fall.

UND maintained its title as the state’s largest university with 14,807 students by Tuesday. That’s up 5.2 percent from the first day last fall, and an increase of 10.2 percent since the fall of 2010.

NDSU has seen its first-day enrollment increase for seven consecutive years.

Mayville State University also set a first-day enrollment record with a headcount of 1,007 students, breaking the previous record of 924 students set in 1969 and matched again in 2011. That’s a 40.6 percent increase since the fall of 2007.

The official enrollment headcount at North Dakota’s public institutions won’t be tallied until the fourth week of classes, and university officials expect more students to register before that date.

NDSU has 3,231 new undergraduates this fall. That includes 2,474 freshman, up 1.2 percent from 2011, and 757 transfer students, an increase of 7.7 percent.

The university had 1,039 international students and 1,871 graduate students by Tuesday.

“This represents a purposefully moderated rate of growth,” President Dean Bresciani said in a written statement. “The size and makeup of the class is just what we hoped for.”

UND posted a bigger gain this year, and the school’s first-day enrollment is up 110 from the official fall enrollment of 2011 which set a record at 14,697 students.

While UND has a higher overall headcount for the second year in a row, Bresciani said 95 percent of NDSU’s students are in traditional classroom-based courses instead of online or distance learning classes.

“NDSU continues to be the choice of students who want a traditional full-time college experience in a demanding research university environment,” he wrote.

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