NDUS Enrollment Bucks National Trends

NDUS Enrollment Bucks National Trends

BISMARCK, N.D. – Student enrollment across the North Dakota University System is consistently exceeding national trends, according to recent reporting data.

Cumulative fall 2022 enrollment for the state’s 11 public colleges and universities is up by .4 percent as compared to the previous fall semester while nationally, higher education enrollment fell by 1.1 percent during the same time, according to the National Student Clearinghouse.

North Dakota’s enrollment figures have been outpacing the national numbers for several consecutive years. During the post-pandemic recovery of fall 2021 and fall 2022, North Dakota University System enrollment remained relatively even, declining just 1.05 percent compared to a national decline of more than three times that number at 3.2 percent during the same period.

Moreover, North Dakota’s enrollment numbers have been exceeding the national trend since before the pandemic. The National Student Clearinghouse estimates that national enrollment has declined by nearly 7 percent between fall 2019 and fall 2022, more than twice the 3.1 percent decline in enrollment in North Dakota during the same period.

NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott said that the enrollment difference shows how confident students and parents are in the state’s public higher education system.

“The leadership at our colleges and universities should be commended for adapting and transforming their institutions,” he said. “All 11 institutions continue to strive to provide affordable degree programs and courses people want, where and when they want them, while concurrently matching the workforce needs in the state.”