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Cali Owings, Published September 24 2013

NDSU enrollment hits all-time high

FARGO – Enrollment at North Dakota State University has hit an all-time high with 14,629 undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled for fall 2013.

School officials reported official four-week enrollment figures Tuesday. The boost in enrollment can be attributed to a large freshman class and a more than 10 percent increase in graduate students.

With 2,553 first-year students, this fall’s freshman class is the second largest in school history and a 4.6 percent increase over last fall. In 2008, the school reported eight more first-year students – its largest freshman class ever.

Though total enrollment is the highest ever at NDSU, international student enrollment declined by about 35 students, or 3 percent.

Between fall 2008 and 2009, total enrollment increased by more than 7 percent – surpassing the 14,000 mark for the first time. Since then, the school has reported modest growth each year, except in 2011 when total enrollment was down by about eight students.

“Fall enrollment is higher than anticipated even though international student enrollment is down,” NDSU President Dean Bresciani said in a statement.

He said enrollment growth reflects the school’s strategic plan to enroll more “traditional, full-time students” that fit into the “rigorous research university.”

NDSU Official Yearly Fall Enrollment Figures:

2008 13,229

2009 14,189

2010 14,407

2011 14,399

2012 14,443

2013 14,629

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Cali Owings at (701) 241-5599