Dakota State University officials say the 2016 fall semester enrollment numbers have set an all-time record of 3,190 students.
Officials say students are taking more classes, as measured by the number of full-time equivalent students, which is up 8.7% from two years ago. Graduate student enrollment for DSU’s masters and doctoral degrees is up with a 28% increase in just the last two years.
The DSU fall 2016 student body includes 329 first-year students, a 13% increase in the last two years, while first-year FTE enrollment is up 16% from 2 years ago.
Transfer students are also increasingly coming to DSU to complete their degrees at the University. The number of transfer students is up 6.7% from last year, and up over 20% from 5 years ago.
“We are very pleased to see these new enrollment numbers,” said Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, president of DSU, “and the affirmation they represent that Dakota State continues to develop an exceptional college education that leads to career success and satisfaction."
Technology-intensive degree programs lead the university’s growth. Enrollment is up to more than 300 majors (313) in the Cyber Operations bachelor’s degree program which is a 23% increase from last year, and up to almost 350 (348) majors in the Computer Science bachelor’s degree program at a 20% increase from last year.