Significant Gains in Graduate, International and New Freshmen 

Preliminary 10th day figures released this week show Minnesota State University Moorhead’s enrollment for new entering graduate students is up 31.7%, new entering domestic freshmen is up 21.8%, and new entering international students is up 10.9%. Overall total headcount for undergraduate and graduate students is up 1.5% while new entering transfer students is down 1.6%. 

The combination of over 1,350 students graduating during the 2015-16 academic year with several years of declining numbers of high school graduates in the region has impacted total enrollment. The preliminary 10th day enrollment numbers indicate that the increase in the number of high school graduates in the region and focused recruitment efforts by the university have made an impact on the number of students enrolled.

“It is exciting to know that we are on-track to achieve our goals for continued enrollment growth. But what pleases me the most is the way our entire campus community worked together to not only meet but exceed our enrollment targets for this fall,” said MSU Moorhead President Anne Blackhurst. “Everyone on campus went the extra mile to display their pride in the university and showcase the extraordinary people and programs we have at MSUM. I couldn’t be more proud of our effort.”

Enrollment growth in the number of admitted first time students from the Fargo-Moorhead area is up, including 100 new students from Moorhead. The university has refocused its efforts to strengthen partnerships with high schools in the region, and it offered over 450 new Ignite scholarships that were awarded to all incoming students who meet automatic admission requirements.