North Dakota State College of Science summer enrollment is the second highest posted in the past decade with 779 students enrolled in classes in Wahpeton, Fargo and online. Ten years ago, enrollment was 695 and peaked in 2012 with 819 students. Enrollment has fluctuated throughout the decade, but overall it continues the upward trend in two-year college enrollment.
This summer, there are 334 full time students and 445 part time students enrolled at NDSCS with 295 freshman and 484 sophomores taking classes. Meanwhile, the percentage of students from North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota constitutes nearly 94 percent of the student body.
NDSCS President John Richman attributes the continued growth to the College's 99 percent placement rating for graduates who are launching their careers or transferring on to four-year institutions to continue their education.
"NDSCS continues to be a smart choice for those seeking well-paying careers right out of college as well as for those who plan to transfer on to obtain a bachelor's degree after graduation," said Richman.
As the College continues to transform itself to accommodate the needs of students, NDSCS has launched flexible evening classes catering to non-traditional students as well as daytime program opportunities at NDSCS-Fargo. Two new evening offerings will be added to the NDSCS-Fargo lineup this fall including Liberal Arts and Information Technology Support.
In addition, the Wahpeton campus will cut the ribbon on a $10.5 million diesel technology building project early this fall and open two completely renovated residential halls for students living on campus.
"The College is planning for change to keep up with the needs of today's college students which includes enhanced technology, flexible programming, and of course, a comfortable and safe campus environment," said Richman.