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Published August 28 2012

MSUM enrollment down 5.9 percent from last fall

MOORHEAD – Enrollment at Minnesota State University Moorhead is down compared with 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 with last fall.

But 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 with 282 last fall. But undergraduate numbers are down – 5,629 this fall, a drop of about 5.3 percent in the past year.