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Minot State fall enrollment numbers up

Official fall 2016 enrollment numbers at Minot State University show a two percent increase compared to official numbers last year. The number reported to the North Dakota University System is 3,412 students, an increase of 64 students. This is the first increase the university has experienced in six years and the largest overall enrollment since 2013.

The total number of new students, including freshmen, transfers and new graduate students is currently 801, up 11 percent over last year’s official fourth week figures and the second highest in six years. Included in these new student numbers is the largest number of new transfer students in a decade. Additionally, the number of new freshmen increased for the second straight year, and after a five-year decline, the number of students from Ward County increased by four percent. Final figures also show a 16 percent increase in the number of MSU students taking classes at the Minot Air Force Base.

“It is certainly exciting this fall to have our first increase in overall student enrollment at Minot State University since 2010,” said Steven Shirley, Minot State University president. “We have put a number of new initiatives in place during the past couple of years to attract and retain students, and it is wonderful seeing these efforts now coming to fruition. We have seen back-to-back increases in our freshmen classes the past two years along with this year’s large jump in new transfer students and new graduate students. Minot State delivers a terrific education for a great value, and it is heartening to see these student enrollment increases.”

As Sept. 20 represented the fourth full week of classes, enrollment numbers at Minot State are now official and reported to NDUS.


Published: 09/20/16

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