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Forum staff reports, Published August 28 2012

MSUM enrollment drops 5.9 percent

MOORHEAD – Enrollment at Minnesota State University Moorhead is down compared to last fall, but that’s what officials expected after a large graduating class last spring and a push to refer more poor-scoring applicants to two-year schools.

Spokesman David Wahlberg said there were 6,824 students enrolled on the first day of classes Monday. That’s down 430, or about 5.9 percent, compared to last fall.

He said the figures can’t be directly compared. The official enrollment of 7,254 last fall was tallied on the 30th day of class, and he expects more students will enroll this fall before the official 30-day headcount.

MSUM saw a slight increase in graduate enrollment, with about 310 full-time equivalent students compared to 282 last fall. But undergraduate numbers are down – 5,629 this fall, a drop of about 5.3 percent in the past year.