NDSCS Fall Enrollment exceeds 3,000 for Fifth Consecutive Year


NDSCS-Fargo grows by 42 percent

Fall semester enrollment at the North Dakota State College of Science has surpassed 3,000 students for the fifth consecutive year, with NDSCS-Fargo showing a 42 percent increase over 2014. Overall, fall enrollment for Wahpeton, Fargo, online and early entry students totals 3,123 compared to 3,033 in 2014. The NDSCS-Fargo location has 422 students registered for at least one class, up from 298 in 2014. 

“By intentionally creating more diversified access for students, NDSCS is now serving a growing number of students,” said NDSCS President Dr. John Richman. “Students are choosing from a variety of educational pathways ranging from daytime classes and evening classes to online and early entry options.”

In addition to enrollment, NDSCS has increased its retention rate to 73 percent, up 11 percent from 2012 when it was at 62 percent. 

“NDSCS has taken great steps to retain our current students, including creating the Student Success Center that provides students academic support such as tutoring, academic counseling and career counseling,” said Richman. “Housed within the recently renovated Old Main, this one-stop location is providing programs and services aimed at broadening access, increasing degree attainment and cultivating lifelong success.”

The 2015 student body is comprised of 1,694 full-time students and 1,429 part-time students. A breakdown of the total enrollment of 3,123 includes 2,113 freshmen and 1,010 sophomores. Men continue to outnumber women at NDSCS: men, 1,694 –women, 1,429. There are 461 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 seven international countries represented in the student body.

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