Northern State University Undergraduate Headcount Remains Steady For 2015

The number of undergraduate students at Northern State University this fall is almost identical to the number enrolled at Northern a year ago, according to 2015 figures released by the South Dakota Board of Regents today.

Northern’s undergraduate headcount remained steady, with enrollment of 3,041 almost identical to 2014’s undergraduate headcount of 3,042. Overall headcount at Northern State declined slightly from 3,580 in 2014 to 3,497 this fall, a 2.3 percent change.

“We are pleased that our undergraduate headcount stayed steady from last year to this year,” said Dr. James Smith, NSU president.

Graduate school headcount, which increased a year ago, declined from 538 to 455, a 15% decline.

“We are closely examining strategies for enhancing our current graduate offerings, aggressive recruiting efforts and pursuing additional program opportunities to address critical workforce needs,” said Smith.

Smith also noted that Northern State continued to grow its online enrollment, up from 841 in 2014 to 932 this fall, a 10.8 percent increase. The number of students transferring to Northern also increased this fall, up 7 percent, and Northern’s international programs increased the number of countries represented on Northern’s campus to 42 including the U.S.

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