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DSU records stable fall enrollment

September 24, 2014

Dakota State University released the Fall 2014 enrollment numbers today (Tuesday, September 23) and recorded stable enrollment. The total number of full-time equivalent (FTE) students was consistent from Fall 2013 (1740.6) to Fall 2014 (1739.6). While total headcount dropped slightly from last year, this directly correlates to a decline in undergraduate students taking courses at off-campus sites.  On-campus enrollment continues to be strong in a number of majors including cyber operations, elementary education/special education and digital arts and design. DSU experienced significant growth in the number of graduate students increasing from 253 (Fall 2013) to 311 (Fall 2014), a gain of 58 students.  The largest increase was in the Master of Science in information systems.   

“I am pleased with the impact DSU is having on educating students to meet the needs of South Dakota’s work force. The faculty and staff should be commended for their work with our undergraduate and graduate students in helping them reach their goal of earning their degree,” said Interim President, Dr. Marysz Rames.

The University also has a history of supporting place-bound students.  DSU recorded an all-time high for online students which surpassed 1,000 students.  “This increase in online students reflects the faculty commitment to supporting the delivery of education through alternative methods,” said Dr. Rames.

Enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities remained stable this fall, the South Dakota Board of Regents reported. Headcount enrollment was up by 167, while the number of full-time equivalent students being served was down only slightly.

Total headcount at the six public universities was 36,532, an increase of 0.46 percent over last year. The number of full-time equivalent students for the Fall 2014 term—based on total credit hours generated by all students within the regents’ system—decreased by 45.2 students to a total of 26,736.5, or -0.17 percent.