NDSU Reports Record Enrollment
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 16:10
As fall semester hits its stride, the numbers are in. NDSU has once again experienced record enrollment with 14,629 students.
Each year since 2008, wih the exception of 2011, enrollment has grown, allowing the University to surpass the 14,000 mark. This is attributed in part to a growing base of graduate students, which increased over 10 percent for the 2013 academic year.
Numbers provided by the university indicate the incoming freshman population is higher than average as well. 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’s freshman enrollment
NDSU President Dean Bresciani acknowledged this in a statement released Sept. 22.
“Fall enrollment is higher than anticipated even though international student enrollment is down,” he said. “Central to our strategic direction is the enrollment of traditional, full-time students oriented to NDSU’s reputation as a rigorous research university offering students an exceptional educational experience. We are pleased to see enrollment growth that reflects that direction.”
In addition, Vice President for Student Affairs Prakash Mathew said, “NDSU is committed to recruiting and retaining a very high caliber of students. We are pleased with the increase in our new student and transfer student enrollment.”
Approximately 95 percent of NDSU students are taking classes in a traditional, face-to-face classroom setting.
“Students see the quality and affordable value of the NDSU experience—a degree from one of the top student-focused land grant research universities in the country,” Bresciani said. “There are few, if any, other land grant universities that conduct research at our quality and quantity, but remain student-focused.”
At the same time, longtime rival UND reported a decline in enrollment. Spokesman Peter Johnson indicated that the University’s more rigorous selection guidelines have lead to the modest decrease in students. 15,143, or 107 fewer students than last year, enrolled for the 2013 school year. The number of incoming freshman dropped by 449 students.