NDSCS fall 2014 enrollment surpasses 3,000 students for fourth consecutive year


Fall semester enrollment at the North Dakota State College of Science has surpassed 3,000 students for the fourth consecutive year, and the number of students who are choosing to live on campus has grown by more than 7 percent over 2013. Overall, fall enrollment of Wahpeton, Fargo, online and dual-credit students totals 3,033, a slight dip from fall 2013 when enrollment was 3,168. 

“Students and their parents are realizing that a two-year degree can provide the springboard to launching well-paying careers and transfer opportunities to four-year universities,” said NDSCS President Dr. John Richman. “While enrollment is somewhat down from the 30-year record set last fall, this was anticipated due to the number of high school graduates trending downward across North Dakota.”

The number of students living on campus has grown from 969 in 2013 to 1,042 in 2014. “NDSCS has invested in remodeling and updating several residence halls on the Wahpeton campus to create housing options that are more appealing to today’s students,” said Melissa Johnson, executive director of student and residential life. “These efforts are paying off for students and the College.”

The 2014 student body is comprised of 1,706 full-time students and 1,327 part-time students. There are 298 students taking classes at NDSCS-Fargo. A breakdown of the total enrollment of 3,033 includes 2,016 freshmen and 1,017 sophomores. Men continue to outnumber women at NDSCS: men, 1,666 - women, 1,367. There are 465 students who are 25 years of age or older. 

The enrollment data shows that more than 70 percent of the student body is from North Dakota, and more than 22 percent are from Minnesota. Students from the neighboring state of South Dakota make up more than 2 percent of the student body while those from Montana comprise 1 percent of the total enrollment. There are nine students from seven different countries represented in the student body.

“The future of NDSCS is exciting, for Wahpeton, Fargo and online students as we focus on their success,” said Richman. “The newly created Student Success division will provide students greater access to the resources they need to be successful – which will also allow us to better meet North Dakota’s workforce needs.”

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