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MSU preliminary enrollment shows signs of upward trends

The start of fall classes at Minot State University shows several positive enrollment trends. While first-day enrollment is 3,300, a slight decrease of 1 percent, a number of areas are trending upward.

The total number of new students, including freshmen, transfers and new graduate students is currently 791, up 10 percent over last year’s first-day figures. Included in these new student numbers is the largest number of new transfer students in a decade. Additionally, following three years of decline, the number of new freshmen increased for the second straight year. Preliminary reports also show a significant increase in the number of Native American students attending MSU, as well as an increase in the number of students taking MSU classes at the Minot Air Force Base.

 “Although overall enrollment is still down slightly following a few challenging years since 2011,” said Steven Shirley, Minot State president, “we are definitely trending in the right direction with these very positive increases in new students, especially freshmen and transfers, choosing to continue their education at Minot State University.”

MSU enrollment numbers may change, as official enrollment numbers are not reported to the North Dakota University System until after the fourth full week of classes.

Published: 08/24/16

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