Spring 2021 full-time enrollment up 5% at Dickinson State University

Spring 2021 full-time enrollment up 5% at Dickinson State University

DICKINSON, N.D. (Feb. 9, 2021)  Tuesday, Feb. 9, marked the fourth week official census for the Dickinson State University (DSU) campus community. The enrollment census report, released four weeks after the first day of the new semester, provides an overview of enrollment at Dickinson State University for the spring 2021 semester.

The number of full-time enrolled students increased 5% at 866 up from last spring’s total of 827. The full-time equivalency (FTE) of credit hours taken increased 3%, from 1,008.32 to 1,039.29.

The University reported a total headcount enrollment of 1,308 students registered, representing a 6% growth in overall headcount. Not only did DSU see an increase in overall total headcount this springthe number of new, returning, and early entry/dual credit students has also increased.

“The admissions team worked very hard this year to help with growing enrollment,” said Megan Robinson, assistant director of admissions at DSU. “But the real credit goes to the new and returning students who know the value of a DSU education and prioritized it during a challenging time in the world.”

Highlights from spring 2021 enrollment data:

With the University now offering three master’s programs as part of its Dual Mission designation, graduate program enrollment nearly doubled this spring.

Early entry and dual credit high school student enrollment increased 18% from 142 to 167 students. Of these, several students are taking courses from DSU faculty on the DSU campus as part of the new early entry program launched this academic year in partnership with Dickinson Public Schools and others in our area.

“As a University, we have been very strategic. Thanks to our Dual Mission status within the North Dakota University System, graduate student enrollment is at a record high,” said Dr. Debora Dragseth, provost and vice president for academic affairs at DSU. “We are also focused on credentialing or ‘upskilling’ learners who are looking at enhancing their career paths. Our traditional degrees remain, of course, the bulk of our student enrollment. We are proud of our staff and faculty who have gone above and beyond to support students throughout the past year. Clearly, their efforts are reflected in the continued success of Dickinson State University.”