The official Fall Semester enrollment figures for Minnesota State University Moorhead show an overall increase led by gains in new entering freshman and graduate students. Overall total headcount for undergraduate and graduate students is up 1.67 percent driven by a 21 percent increase in graduate students and a 2.5 percent increase in new entering freshman. Fall Semester headcount is 6,019, with 5,147 undergraduate and 872 graduate students. The official numbers are calculated after 30 class days and are used for standardized reporting purposes. 

MSUM has its roots in meeting the needs of education and educators in the region. A significant factor in the record enrollment in graduate students is attributed to successfully meeting the needs of high school teachers in the region. The recent 18 Online initiative provides the graduate credits needed to become a qualified concurrent enrollment instructor. In addition, the first cohort of students pursing the new Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership led to the overall graduate enrollment increase of 154 students.

MSUM is committed to being indispensable to the region. With almost 24 percent of the new entering freshman class coming from Clay and Cass counties, new undergraduate enrollment was driven by the recruiting focus in MSUM’s home territory. “We focused on having a consistent and dynamic recruitment process in our backyard,” said MSUM Admissions Director Tom Reburn. “It was essential to achieving the growth we saw and expect to continue to see with new entering freshmen.”

The College of Business and Innovation, home of the Paseka School of Business, showed the largest increase, hitting a six-year enrollment high of 1,070.

Overall, the Minnesota State system experienced an enrollment dip of 2.1 percent.  The dip is consistent with economic and demographic factors that include Minnesota’s economic recovery and relatively low unemployment rates.