MSU fall student enrollment numbers up

Preliminary first day enrollment numbers show an increase of 4.5 percent, according to Minot State’s public information office, with an increase of 151 students.

“We are pleased with the initial numbers and the gains in several student populations. This indicates that we have turned a corner with declining enrollment from the 2011 Mouse River flood, which allows Minot State to get back to what it does best: provide quality education,” said David Fuller, MSU president, in the press release.

According to MSU, there are increases across the board in counts of various subgrops. There is a 6 percent increase in students from Ward County. Counties with decreased enrollment fall mainly within oil producing communities, MSU said.

There is an increase of 1.3 percent in full-time equivalent hours, a 1.18 percent increase in the number of credit hours students are enrolled in, a 16.5 percent increase in transfer students, an 18.4 percent increase in out-of-state students and a 14.2 percent increase in international (non-Canadian) students.

“We continue to see strong numbers from neighboring states Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota. But we also have numerous students from California, Florida, Michigan and Illinois,” Fuller commented. “Some of this is driven by athletics, but it also indicates our ‘Grow North Dakota’ program is working as we intended.”

Enrollment numbers are subject to change and will become final after the fourth full week of classes, when they are reported to the North Dakota University System.

The first day of school at Minot State was Monday.