North Dakota State College of Science summer enrollment has increased 17 percent over 2010, as of Friday, July 8, the official reporting day. Total enrollment for Wahpeton, Fargo and online is 763 students compared to 2010 when enrollment was 654. The College reports 329 full time students and 434 part time students.
Dr. John Richman, NDSCS president, attributes the enrollment growth to flexible and convenient scheduling that appeals to traditional and adult learners. "NDSCS is finding success in providing choices to our students regarding how, when and where they take classes," he said. The College currently offers 13 online programs and a dozen programs at NDSCS-Fargo. In September, the new Business Pro series of classes will begin on Tuesday nights at NDSCS-Fargo, a unique alternative to traditional classes. Also in September, the College will launch a mobile app featuring a gateway to the College's online learning system. "We are continuously improving and enhancing our educational delivery channels," Richman said.
A snapshot of summer enrollment statistics includes 64 percent of students from North Dakota, 24 percent from Minnesota, and 4 percent from South Dakota. Of the 763 students, 325 are enrolled in online classes and 265 enrolled in NDSCS Wahpeton classes. There are 245 freshman and 518 sophomores taking classes.
The NDSCS graduate placement rate contributes to the College's ability to attract new students. With a 98 percent placement rate, graduates are launching their careers or transferring onto four-year institutions to continue their education. "New students are interested in their ability start a career and earn competitive salaries after graduation. Our placement rate signifies our student success," commented Richman.