The University of North Dakota has posted it second-largest enrollment at 15,143, according to UND Registrar Suzanne Anderson. The final enrollment is slightly below (0.07 percent, or 107) UND’s record enrollment of 15,250 set last year. It is only the second time in the University’s history that UND’s overall enrollment has surpassed the 15,000 mark.
UND’s enrollment saw growth in a number of areas, including the School of Graduate Studies, which at 2,914 is up 113 students over last year’s final tally (2,801). This growth is part of a long-term plan to increase the percentage of graduate students at UND, which will make a significant contribution to UND’s mission/goal of building and enhancing its research enterprise. The School of Graduate Studies’ enrollment has increased by more than 1,400 students since the 2000-01 academic year.
At the undergraduate level, UND continues to see particular growth in the College of Engineering and Mines, which increased its enrollment by 6.4 percent, adding nearly 100 students this fall. The Petroleum Engineering program has grown from seven students three years ago to more than 200 this year.
Overall, UND’s enrollment has increased by almost 2,000 students since 2009. UND President Robert Kelley has also called for a greater focus on recruiting higher-achieving students. UND’s enrollment management plan focuses on recruiting and admitting students who are prepared for the rigors of a Carnegie Doctoral Research Institution with an international reputation in research and scholarship. That approach is paying off: UND’s new freshman class had a higher overall high school grade point average (GPA) and overall higher ACT score than in previous years.
The fourth-week number reported today is considered the “official enrollment” for the year, but in reality, it is a snapshot only of the students registered on the first day of the fourth week of school. UND typically enrolls an additional 2,000 or so degree-seeking students throughout the remainder of the year. The number also doesn’t include some students trained by the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences through UND’s partnerships across the United States and with other countries.
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