Higher retention, expanded marketing, excellent job prospects cited for increase
Spring semester enrollment at the North Dakota State College of Science has grown 10 percent over 2010 and has set the record for highest NDSCS enrollment in a spring semester. NDSCS has 2,639 registered students for spring semester through Monday, February 7, the 20th instructional day of the semester. The enrollment number is up 238 students, compared to spring 2010 when 2,401 students were enrolled.
Several recent initiatives are cited for the increased enrollment including expanded student retention efforts, and a significant marketing investment by the College in conjunction with the North Dakota University System's two-year college awareness initiative funded by the North Dakota legislature. The most compelling factor in drawing students to NDSCS is the excellent employment prospects for graduates.
"There is a high demand for career and technical education graduates in the state of North Dakota. In addition to retention, our strategy has been to increase the awareness of the career opportunities for two-year graduates," said Dr. John Richman, NDSCS president. "Our graduates launch their careers with low student debt and competitive salaries which, in turn, will help them be successful."
For spring semester, students from 50 of North Dakota's 53 counties are taking classes. There are 1,465 male students and 1,174 female students.
In 2010, the College, which offers classes in Wahpeton, Fargo and online, announced a 98 percent placement rate for graduates, with over 70 percent of them finding employment in North Dakota or transferring on to a North Dakota four-year university.