While colleges across the state are seeing lower enrollment, Dickinson State University is bucking the trend.
North Dakota State University's first day of school saw a decrease in enrollment of 515 students from the same time last year, a decline of 3.8%. According to the Grand Forks Herald, the University of North Dakota saw a decline in its first day enrollment of about 500 students. As reported by KFYR, Minot State University's first day enrollment count is down 2.7% from 2018.
Dickinson State University's first day enrollment for the current semester was at 1206, compared to 1183 at the same time last year, an increase of about 2%. DSU will report its official data September 23.
All institutions in the North Dakota University System are required to report their semester enrollment numbers in the fourth week of classes, so these numbers will change as students enroll after classes have already begun.
The most recent reported data is from the spring 2019 semester. This data shows a decline in enrollment from the spring 2018 semester to the spring 2019 semester for all institutions in the state except Maryville State University, which saw an increase of 67 students, Williston State College, which saw an increase of 59 students, and Valley City State College, which saw an increase of 17 students.
Of the institutions that lost students from spring 2018 to spring 2019, Dickinson State University lost the least of any - just 10 students.
Overall, NDUS' community colleges lost a combined total of 249 students from the spring 2018 to spring 2019 semesters. The regional universities lost a combined total of 26 students. Research universities lost the most, with a combined decline of 1,025 students.
Across the board, higher education institutions in the state saw a total decline of 1,300 students from the spring 2018 semester to the spring 2019 semester.
The decrease in enrollment in North Dakota's institutions is part of a nationwide trend. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, undergraduate enrollment decreased by 7% between 2010 and 2017, from 18.1 million students to 16.8 million students.