|Summer Session enrollment up over last year|
More students than ever are attending Summer Sessions at the University of North Dakota. UND's summer enrollment reached 4,626 students, 161 more than the 2006 Summer Session total of 4,465 (an increase of 3.6 percent), according to Registrar Suzanne Anderson.
This is the largest summer enrollment since UND restructured its summer program in 1994. Last year’s summer number was the previous high-water mark. UND’s Summer Sessions enrollment has increased steadily from 3,264 in 1994.
Greg Weisenstein, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said UND's final summer numbers showed stability across the board and a nice increase in the undergraduate area. The number of freshmen is up nearly 50 percent, 140 students (445 compared to 305 last year, a 45.9 percent increase). There are 1,513 graduate students, compared to 1,473 last year (an increase of 40 or 2.7 percent).
UND also is seeing good growth in the numbers of students from many of its “target” states, showing increases in the numbers of students from Arizona, California, Minnesota (1,185, an increase of 109 or 10.1 percent), Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Of UND’s colleges, the School of Engineering and Mines posted the largest increase: 240 students compared to 185 last year, an increase of 55 or 29.7 percent.
"We have created opportunities for students during the summer that we haven’t offered in the past," said Weisenstein. "We want UND and the Grand Cities to be a destination for students and participating professionals from around the country during the summer."
"Summertime is the most spectacular time of the year here and I'm delighted to see we're making better and better use of the campus," said President Charles Kupchella. He said that in addition to traditional summer school, there are more than 160 activities -- such as a wide variety of academic and athletic camps for youth -- at UND this summer. Last summer, more than 6,500 were involved in camps and other non-credit programs. Add that to the 4,465 Summer Sessions students, and UND provided opportunities for nearly 11,000 people between mid-May and mid-August 2006.