The University of North Dakota has posted its largest ever Summer Session enrollment: 6,020, up 9.3 percent over last year’s 5,506. The 2010 UND Summer Session enrollment was 5,098.
UND President Robert Kelley said the enrollment showed good stability across the board. Colleges that showed particular increases include the College of Engineering and Mines (483, up 149 or 44.6 percent over last year) and the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (757, up 125 or 19.8 percent over last year). Both are enjoying growth for multiple reasons, but Kelley cited the College of Engineering and Mines’ focus on Petroleum Engineering with a new degree and new department, and the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences’ burgeoning pioneering work in educating students for the world of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Kelley attributes the overall enrollment numbers to UND’s work to provide more opportunities during the summer months. In fact, over the past several years, UND has become more of a destination location for thousands over the summer months, and not just for traditional students.
In addition to the UND students who attend courses, Diane Hadden, Summer Session director, estimates that more than 10,000 people come to campus for other educational opportunities and events during the summer months.
Hadden said the animation and robotics camps conducted by the computer science department are always popular with kids, as well as the foreign language camps. In addition, the “Scrubs Academy” camp put on by the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences helps students explore careers in the healthcare field. Other camps include:
- Sports for basketball , football, hockey, volleyball, swimming and diving
- Art and music
- Language and reading
- Young scientists and engineers
Hadden also pointed out that during the summer, UND’s campus is at its peak of beauty, housing is plentiful and parking spaces are easy to find.