NDSU's fall 2009 enrollment sets record
Fargo, N.D., Sept. 22
North Dakota State University’s fall 2009 enrollment has set a record for the tenth year in a row.
The university’s official fourth week enrollment is 14,189 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. This is an increase of 960 from the official figure a year ago. The official fall 2008 enrollment was 13,229 students, which was released on Sept. 23, 2008. Part of the increase comes from an all time record for graduate student enrollment. The official enrollment figures, which are compiled following the fourth week of classes, were announced September 22.
“Our continuing growth, particularly in our graduate programs, is truly significant and exciting,” said President Joseph A. Chapman. “NDSU has always been committed to being a university engaged with its students. This enrollment figure reflects on our success at providing a high quality education and experience for students.”
Prakash Mathew, vice president for student affairs, credits the enrollment increase to student retention, graduate students, international students, and transfer students.
Undergraduate student enrollment is 11,733, which is up 672 from a year ago. Graduate student enrollment is 2,103 up by 285 students from a year ago. NDSU’s international student population also reached an all-time high of 1,171 students, an increase of 208 from 2008.
“It is gratifying to know that our prospective students are recognizing the quality of education we are providing at NDSU. I also believe that we are very intentional in everything that we do in our recruitment and retention process,” said Prakash Mathew, vice president for student affairs. “I believe the responsibility for recruitment is a function of every member of the university community. We take great pride in the fact that we are a welcoming community at NDSU.”
David Wittrock, dean of the graduate school, believes several factors play a part in the significant increase in graduate student enrollment.
“Certainly, the reputation of our graduate programs has attracted students. I also believe the increase is tied to the economy. North Dakota’s economy is in relatively good shape as compared to the rest of the country and that draws students. Many are choosing graduate education to have an edge over others in the job market,” said Wittrock.