Early fall 2009 enrollment shows growth
Fall 2009 enrollment numbers from the first day of class show positive growth at Minot State University. Unofficial enrollment at the university is up 5.1 percent, compared to the first day of class in 2008.
"We are very pleased with the positive enrollment growth in many key areas, including Ward County, North Dakota and outside of our state and region," said David Fuller, president of Minot State University. "This growth is a reflection of our outstanding programs, increased visibility and new recruitment efforts."
Minot State has experienced an increase in students from larger counties across the state, including 50 percent up in Cass County and 64 percent up in Grand Forks County. As well, the counties of Burleigh, Morton, Pierce, Rolette, Ward and Williams all saw an increase of students. In Ward County alone, almost 100 additional students are attending this year, compared to 2008.
Recruiting and marketing efforts have also netted an increase in students from neighboring states, such as Minnesota, South Dakota and Wyoming. In addition, the number of new students from California, Florida and Washington is on the rise.
Early fall 2009 enrollment numbers show new five-year highs among Native American populations, students from Canada and non-Canadian international students.
"We are happy to see an increase in both students from Ward County as well as from our targeted markets outside of North Dakota," said Kevin Harmon, dean of admissions at Minot State University. "I am also proud of the overall academic depth of this incoming group."
Minot State welcomes a large group of new transfer students, as a 25 percent increase is bringing more than 300 additional transfers from other colleges and universities.
Growth in MSU online students also reached a new five-year high, compared to recent first day enrollments. Along with this growth comes an additional boost from Minot State campuses across the state, at the Minot Air Force Base, in Bismarck, Williston and Fargo. At the MAFB alone, 15 percent more students are now taking university-level courses.
These numbers can fluctuate over the first couple weeks of classes as first day enrollment numbers are not official. Enrollment figures become official after the fourth full week of classes, when they are reported to the North Dakota University System.