Enrollment holding steady throughout state

September 28, 2015

BSC, LRSC, NDSCS, MaSU, UND, VCSU and WSC all show increases

Seven colleges and universities throughout the North Dakota University System have shown growth for the fall 2015 semester. Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, North Dakota State College of Science, University of North Dakota, Valley City State University and Williston State College all showed increased enrollment over previous years according to the most recently-reported numbers.


Bismarck State College kept its place as the third largest college in the system with a reported student body of 4,078, an increase of two percent over the same time last year.
According to the college, enrollment of part-time students increased a total of five percent, which reflected the 27 percent spike in students considered early entry/dual credit.


Dakota College at Bottineau has seen a slight decrease in its student body since last year.
According to the most recent numbers, the official count for fall 2015 semester is 692 students, down from 753 last year at the same time – a decrease of about seven percent. College officials noted that about 200 students were enrolled in developmental courses, which help students prepare for college-level classes but that do not count toward enrollment numbers.


Dickinson State University indicated a fall 2015 enrollment that had dropped 11 percent to 1,317 students although other metrics have increased for the university.
According to the university report, those positive metrics showed that full-time students have increased eight percent from last year, and that for the first time in three years the freshman class is larger than the senior class.



Lake Region State College showed a slight increase over last year’s full-time enrollment numbers of 530 with a fall semester of 535 full-time students. According to the college report, total enrollment was 1,918, with a majority group of 1,383 being considered part-time students. That number decreased from last year.


Mayville State University has grown for the fourth straight year, with 1,110 students enrolled this semester. That number is a record high and a 47-percent increase in the student body since 2001. This year’s student body is a total of 29 more than last year.
University officials noted that the growth could spur further development in on-campus housing solutions.


Minot State University saw a slight decrease in official enrollment numbers since last year, although the census report indicated one positive change – first-year students enrolling at the university increased.
According to the university report, there were 3,348 students enrolled this year, down 1.8 percent overall from 3,410 last year. Officials noted that recruitment efforts resulting in the first-year group increasing in size had slowed the decline in student enrollment caused by the 2011 flooding.


North Dakota State College of Science has shown a student body of more than 3,000 for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, its Fargo location has reported a 42-percent increase over the same time last year.
According to the campus report, NDSCS has 3,123 students enrolled in four groups: Wahpeton, Fargo, on-line and early entry. That’s up from 3,033 last year.


North Dakota State University indicated steady enrollment numbers for the fall 2015 semester, including the third-largest group of first-year, degree-seeking students in school history at 2,552. The number of degree-seeking graduate students also hit a record high with a 4.5 percent increase in doctoral students. Total enrollment is 14,516, down 1.6 percent from last year’s 14,747.


The University of North Dakota has registered its third largest enrollment in UND’s history, increasing its official fall headcount to 14,951 students, up from 14,906 at this time last year.
In addition, UND recruited its most academically prepared freshman class ever, as measured by average high school grade point averages (GPA) and ACT scores. UND’s new freshman class has an average GPA of 3.42 – the highest in the university’s history (up from 3.4 last year and 3.33 in 2012) and an average ACT score of 23.9 – also the highest in UND’s history (up from 23.8 last year and 23.5 three years ago).


Valley City State University set a record high enrollment for fall 2015 with a total student body headcount of 1,422. The previous record was hit in 2011 when the college had an enrollment of 1,384.
According to university officials, that record also corresponded to a record class of graduates this past spring.


Williston State College increased its enrollment for the second straight year with an increase of more than 17 percent from last year’s headcount with a total of 1,038 students enrolled for fall 2015.
College officials credit the increase to the school’s dual-credit program and the Williams County Scholarship, which was awarded to 344 students, or about one-third of the total student body. Freshman enrollment also increased by 26 percent over the previous year.