Final fall 2010 enrollment is second-highest ever at Minot State
Enrollment reaches the second highest all-time for Minot State University as 3,866 students are attending classes this fall. The university surpassed this mark only one other time, in 1993, when enrollment topped out at 4,026. This fall, 217 additional students are enrolled at Minot State, up six percent from final numbers in 2009. Supporting this increase are more than 3,100 students from North Dakota, up four percent from last year, with 2,110 students coming to Minot State from Ward County, a seven percent increase from last year.
Along with near record-high enrollments, Minot State residence halls and apartments have reached a 15-year high, with almost 650 students taking advantage of on-campus housing.
"We are proud to serve the students of Ward County and North Dakota properly with a university that meets their needs and gives them a quality education at a low cost," said David Fuller, president of Minot State University. "We are very pleased to see more students coming to campus from a number of strategic growth areas, including key counties within the state and surrounding states and provinces."
The counties of Bottineau, Burleigh, Cass, Grand Forks, McKenzie, Morton, Renville, Ward, Wells and Williams all showed increases in the number of students who chose to attend Minot State.
The number of Canadian students and non-Canadian international students has increased substantially, according to final fall enrollment numbers, from 351 to 400.
"Along with growth from within the state, we are proud to assist in the effort to grow North Dakota as we are an attractive place for out-of-state students to gain an education and then stay to supply an educated work force, one of western North Dakota’s greatest needs at this time," said Fuller.
The university reports that more students are choosing to attend classes as full-time students as its full-time equivalent number is up six percent. The number of new freshmen who chose to attend Minot State is up more than 10 percent to 483 students. Minot State is able to recruit more students thanks in part to additional support services put in place in recent years. These include the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning, the student mentoring and orientation program, the first-year experience classes and other student-success initiatives.
Graduate students from across the state and region also show an increased interest in gaining an education at Minot State. Graduate School enrollment figures rose more than 3.5 percent.
The 2009 initiative of Grow North Dakota continues to make attaining an education at Minot State more affordable for all students. Minot State is experiencing an increase in students from states such as Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming and Wisconsin.
These numbers are considered official, as enrollment figures are reported to the North Dakota University System after the fourth full week of classes.