|UND posts largest-ever spring enrollment|
UND has posted its largest-ever Spring Semester enrollment. The 12,733 students for the fourth week final snapshot eclipsed last year's final spring total of 12,076. UND's previous spring high number was 12,376 in 2005.
Last fall, UND had its second-largest final enrollment of 13,172 -- just 17 shy of the all time record of 13,187 in 2004.
Enrollment typically goes down in the spring semester due, among other things, to Winter Commencement. That's not true for UND's Graduate School this year, which has its largest-ever enrollment -- fall or spring -- of 2,351, a total of 189 (8.7 percent) over last year's tally.
President Kelley says that's good news for the University, since a strong research enterprise is predicated in part on a strong graduate school. The Graduate School has shown impressive increases, up nearly 900 (899)students from the 2000-01 academic year, when the enrollment was 1,452. That is consistent with UND's Strategic Plan, which states that graduate students will represent 20 percent of UND's student body. The increase in graduate students also has a significant impact as UND works to increase its research enterprise. UND has recorded about $100 million in sponsored programs and research each of the past three years.
Overall, UND's undergraduate enrollment is 9,915, up 468 (5 percent) over last year's final spring number of 9,447. Leading the undergraduate growth is the College of Arts and Sciences with 2,640 students, 233 (9.7 percent) more than last spring. Another area of significant growth: the number of transfer students is up 115 students (41.5 percent) to 392, compared to 277 in spring 2009.
Robert Boyd, Vice President for Student and Outreach Services, said he is pleased with the enrollment, which showed growth essentially across the board. "Our enrollment picture is a positive one. It is clear an increasing number of high school students selected UND as their choice for furthering their education. At the same time, many undergraduate and graduate students are finding UND's offerings online to be an attractive way to access its programs," said Boyd.
Recent UND Spring Semester final enrollments:
* 2010 -- 12,733
* 2009 -- 12,076
* 2008 -- 11,847
* 2007 -- 12,034
* 2006 -- 12,321
* 2005 -- 12,376