BISMARCK, N.D. - Enrollment at the 11 North Dakota University System colleges and universities has reached a record high, according to the official Fall Semester 2009 Enrollment Report released to the State Board of Higher Education.
The Fall Semester 2009 system-wide headcount enrollment of 45,817 students includes an increase of 2,375 students, or 5.5 percent, with enrollment increases at all 11 campuses. University System officials attribute these gains to a number of factors.
"We're seeing an increased emphasis on expanding access to higher education - at both the undergraduate and graduate levels - and on retaining students once they begin college," said Bill Goetz, chancellor of the North Dakota University System. "The campuses are doing an excellent job of meeting the needs of students, whether that's in the traditional classroom setting or by reaching out through online education. Plus, we know that during economic downturns, people look to higher education to improve their job skills or to get a fresh start in a new career."
"Many factors have contributed to the increased enrollment," agreed Richie Smith, president of the State Board of Higher Education. "But, whatever brings these students to our campuses, the State Board of Higher Education and the University System are committed to student success, and that means each and every student who has entrusted us with their higher education."