North Dakota State College of Science is reporting steady enrollment numbers for this fall.
The total enrollment is 2,957 students, including those on the Wahpeton and Fargo campuses as well as online and early entry students.
For the second straight year, NDSCS’ enrollment has declined less than 1 percent. In 2018, the fall enrollment is 2,957 students. In 2017, the fall enrollment was 2,985 students. In 2016, the fall enrollment was 3,003 students.
“We don’t want to see any decline,” said Dr. John Richman, NDSCS president. “We need more students in all of our program areas.”
Current enrollment trends, regionally and nationally, indicate declining enrollment. NDSCS is offsetting those trends with significant gains.
The number of high school students taking early entry classes through NDSCS has increased by over 16 percent, the college reported. In 2017, it was 714 students. In 2018, it’s 833 students.
“More and more students have a desire to start earning college credits while they’re in high school. It’s important to provide that opportunity,” Richman said.
NDSCS reports a total of 1,589 full-time students and 1,368 part-time students. Currently, 875 students live on the Wahpeton campus in residence halls or apartments.
“We’ve seen a 2.3 percent increase in our students from North Dakota (to 2,097),” Richman continued. “That’s encouraging. On average, 70 percent of our students are coming from North Dakota and 70 percent of our students are staying in North Dakota, whether to complete their education or continue their careers.”
NDSCS is projecting an increase in student retention, with more underclassmen staying on to become upperclassmen.
“What we have are high demand programs being offered in innovative delivery methods,” Richman said.
In addition to early entry, online, on-campus and off-site learning, NDSCS is also advancing in non-credit opportunities. Those include customized training through TrainND, apprenticeship programs through ApprenticeshipND and work with immigrants and new Americans through SkillsND. All three non-credit departments are under the direction of the Division for Workforce Affairs.
“We may have the 2,957 students, but in reality, through these non-credit programs, we’re touching 4,143 people total,” Richman continued.
Richman will give the annual State of the College Address at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. The speech will be given at the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Stern Cultural Center, with a live stream on YouTube.
NDSCS’ homecoming activities, meanwhile, have begun. The college’s football game, pitting the Wildcats against the Spartans of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. The game will take place at Earl “Skip” Bute Alumni Stadium, at 919 14th Ave. N. in Wahpeton.
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