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University System Enrollment Continues to Grow

Posted on 10/7/2011

For More Information Contact:
Debra A. Anderson, Director of Public Affairs & Marketing
North Dakota University System
Phone: 701.328.2962

BISMARCK, N.D. - Fall 2011 headcount enrollment among the 11 colleges and universities that make up the North Dakota University System increased 1.9 percent when compared to Fall 2010, according to the systemwide Sept. 19, 2011, census report.

This record headcount enrollment includes 48,833 students or 899 more than the 2010 previous-high total of 47,934. While some colleges and universities saw significant growth, others experienced declines likely related to the consequences of flooding or potential students being drawn to high-paying jobs in the petroleum industry and other business sectors.

Headcount enrollment is the total number of students enrolled at the 11 University System campuses, including all methods of instruction such as in the classroom and online. Enrollment can be measured in a number of ways, but headcount enrollment reporting is the method used for federal data collection and other national comparisons.

Additional key facts included in the Fall 2011 headcount enrollment information follow:
  • 23 percent or 11,380 students attend NDUS community colleges; 76.7 percent or 37,453 students attend NDUS universities.
  • NDUS community college headcount enrollment increased 6.2 percent when compared to Fall 2010; universities grew by 0.6 percent.
  • 57.3 percent or 27,972 students reported a North Dakota home address; 29 percent or 13,984 students are from the contiguous states of Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota; 1 percent or 430 students are from Manitoba and Saskatchewan; the remaining 12.7 percent includes other out-of-state and international students.
  • Graduate enrollment increased by 3.5 percent or 181 students when compared to the previous year.
Another way to measure enrollment is to look at the number of full-time, on-campus students. NDUS served 31,362 full-time students with an on-campus presence in Fall 2011, 404 or 1.3 percent fewer than Fall 2010. Full-time, on-campus reporting now is required by state law.

2011 Fall Enrollment Summary REVISED 11-11

Bismarck State CollegeDakota College at BottineauDickinson State UniversityLake Region State CollegeMayville State UniversityMinot State UniversityNorth Dakota State College of ScienceNorth Dakota State UniversityUniversity of North DakotaValley City State UniversityWilliston State College
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