Preliminary numbers show that enrollment is down 5.4 percent at Minot State University on the opening day of classes.
The headcount on Monday, the first day of classes, was 3,338. The final enrollment numbers won't be official until after the fourth week of classes.
According to Minot State, the total number of graduate and international students increased this fall. There are also more dual degree students attending classes in Fargo as part of an MSU-North Dakota State University collaborative dual degree program in social work.
"It is an exciting week on campus and wonderful to welcome all of our new and returning students back for another year at Minot State," said Steven Shirley, president of Minot State University, in a press release. "We are certainly taking a close look at overall enrollment as we begin the new year, and we are reviewing a number of opportunities across campus in best serving the needs of our students, as well as the needs of North Dakota. There are some unique pressures in Minot given the strength of the economy and options currently available to individuals in central and western North Dakota. I am excited about Minot State's mission and our continuing role in this important region of the state. We are committed to excellence in education for our students as we begin a second century of service at Minot State."
Enrollment is up at Dakota College at Bottineau, said campus dean Ken Grosz.
Grosz said the head count on the first day of classes was between 950 and 1,000 students; last year on the first day of classes it was 952 students.