Higher ed headcount dips slightly

The fall headcount enrollment at the state’s 11 colleges and universities was down by 0.4 percent from the fall of 2012, according to the North Dakota University System office. The total enrollment was set at 48,015 compared with 48,203 in the fall of 2012. Graduate student enrollment was up by 6.7 percent and community college enrollment was up at 6.7 percent. Community college enrollment picked up by 0.9 percent, while university enrollment was 0.7 percent.

Headcount enrollment is the total number of students enrolled at the 11 university system campuses, including all methods of instruction such as in the classroom and online. Enrollment can be measured in a number of ways, but headcount enrollment reporting is used for federal data collection and other national comparisons. The NDUS enrollment census date was Sept. 28, the 20th day of classes.

Roughly half of the students are from North Dakota, with 30 percent from Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana and nearly 1 percent from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, with the remaining 17.5 percent from other states or countries.

There were 77.4 percent enrolled at universities and 22.5 percent enrolled in community colleges.