Minot State pleased with first-day numbers
Minot State University administrators are cautiously optimistic after reviewing first-day 2013 enrollment figures. Although enrollment becomes official after the fourth full week of classes, MSU shows preliminary growth in several key areas.
Relative to the same day last year, total enrollment is up 4.5 percent. MSU continues to draw students from all corners of North Dakota, with Ward County showing a 6 percent increase. Counties with decreased enrollment fall mainly within oil communities.
"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.
Other enrollment gains include transfer and out-of-state students, up 16.5 and 18.4 percent respectively, Minot Air Force Base, online and non-U.S. citizens. Out-of-state student enrollment rose over 18 percent compared to 2012.
"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."
MSU numbers may change, as first-day enrollment numbers are unofficial. Enrollment figures become official after the fourth full week of classes, when they are reported to the North Dakota University System.