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Ryan Johnson, Published September 18 2012

UND enrollment breaks record at 15,250

FARGO – Nearly 30,000 students are enrolled at North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota this fall, and both universities have set records for official fourth-week enrollment.

UND surpassed the 15,000-student mark for the first time with 15,250 enrolled as of Tuesday, spokesman Peter Johnson said. The record-breaking figure is up 553, or about 3.8 percent, compared to last fall.

Johnson said UND set a record this fall with 2,357 beginning freshmen, about 12.7 percent more than last year, and the number of transfer students increased 7.2 percent to 937.

NDSU officials announced Tuesday that the school had a “modest” increase in enrollment to 14,443 students. That’s an uptick of 44, or about 0.3 percent, since the 2011 fall semester.

At NDSU, freshman enrollment is up about 0.9 percent to 2,441 students, while transfer student enrollment climbed more than 6 percent to 735.

Graduate student and international student enrollments at NDSU dipped slightly to 2,111 and 1,136, respectively.

Other ND colleges

Mayville State University also set a record this fall with 1,020 students enrolled, nearly 4 percent more than the previous record of 982 in 2010. Before that, the school’s highest fall enrollment was recorded in 1969 with 924 students.

The number of transfer students at Mayville jumped 38 percent since last year.

Fall enrollment at the Wahpeton-based North Dakota State College of Science decreased 2 percent from last year to 3,066 students, the college reported Tuesday.

In a written statement, President John Richman said a drop in high school graduates in the region, as well as “overwhelming” numbers of students vying for limited spots in popular programs and the booming North Dakota economy, contributed to the slight decrease in enrollment at NDSCS.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan Johnson at (701) 241-5587

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