UND enrollment sets another record at 15,250; number of new freshmen a contributing factor
Posted on 9/19/2012
The University of North Dakota is recording its highest enrollment in the history of the institution at 15,250 students, based on the official fourth-week fall headcount, according to Suzanne Anderson, University Registrar. The total is an increase of 553 students, or 3.8 percent, over last year's record final count of 14,697.
It's the first time that UND's enrollment has surpassed the 15,000-student mark.
UND's strong enrollment reflects a surge in new freshmen and transfer students. The number of new freshman is 2,357, a 13-percent increase over the same time last fall. Transfer students increased by 7 percent, from 874 to 937, fall 2012.
Returning undergraduate numbers (all non-new freshman and transfer students) held about steady compared with last fall at 8,659 students, while the Graduate School continued to show gains with a 5-percent increase, from 2,673 students to 2,801 students now.
"UND continues to be a great value to students and their families, as the University leverages state appropriations with other revenues to help build a better North Dakota through the North Dakota University System," said UND President Robert. O. Kelley.
UND's continued graduate-level growth is consistent with UND's Strategic Plan, which states that graduate students will represent 20 percent of UND's student body. Currently graduate students make up 18.4 percent of the overall student body.
The Graduate School's enrollment has increased by about 1,250 students since the 2001. The increase in graduate students, particularly at the doctoral level, has a significant impact as UND works to increase its research enterprise.
UND is seeing particular growth at the undergraduate level in the College of Engineering and Mines, which increased its enrollment by more than 21 percent, adding 266 students this fall. Also, the College of Nursing and John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences saw marked increases in students at 15 and 9 percent, respectively (140 more students for Nursing and 131 more for Aerospace).
The fourth week number is considered the "official enrollment" for the year, but in reality, it is a snapshot only of the students registered on the first day of the fourth week of school. UND typically enrolls an additional 2,000 or so degree-seeking students throughout the remainder of the year. The number also doesn't include some students trained by the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences through UND's partnerships across the United States and with other countries.
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