News @ Minnesota State University Moorhead

MSUM Enrollment Increases for 2nd Straight Year

Posted on October 12, 2017

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.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Enrollment Up Based on 10th Day Numbers

Posted on September 09, 2016

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%.  Read the rest of this entry →

Summer Enrollment Increases from 2014, 2015

Posted on May 13, 2016

More students are registered for summer classes than in the previous two summers, according to data from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.  Read the rest of this entry →

Enrollment of veterans and service members up 57 percent at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Posted on March 16, 2012

Innovative academic programs, enhanced services and campus-based veterans centers have helped boost enrollment of veterans, active service members and National Guard members attending Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. In 2011, 10,644 veterans and service members were enrolled in one of the system’s 31 institutions, up 57 percent from 6,777 students in 2008. Read the rest of this entry →

30th day headcount of students of color

Posted on October 18, 2011

Attached is trend data for the 30th day headcount of students of color. This information is publicly available using the Accountability Dashboard.

All Inst Trend Headcount by Std of Color

Enrollment tops 200,000 students for second year at MnSCU

Posted on October 14, 2011

More students of color enroll setting new record high

For the second consecutive fall, more than 200,000 students are enrolled in credit-bearing courses in the 31 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities – the second highest enrollment level ever, officials said today.

The state colleges and universities now enroll 200,716 students in credit-bearing courses, down slightly from last fall when 203,738 students were enrolled. An additional 220,000 students are expected to enroll in credit and noncredit courses across the state by the end of the current academic year, bringing the year’s total enrollment to about 420,000. Read the rest of this entry →

Enrollment tops 200,000 students this fall at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Posted on October 11, 2010

Student count goes up for the fifth consecutive year, sets another record

More than 200,000 students are attending the 32 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities this fall, resulting in the fifth consecutive fall enrollment increase and setting another record high, officials said today.

The state colleges and universities system now has 203,756 students or 5,262 more students than last fall when 198,794 students were enrolled, a 2.7 percent increase. Enrollment growth among the 25 community and technical colleges averaged more than 3 percent, while the seven state universities grew by almost 2 percent. Read the rest of this entry →

Forum editorial: Justified optimism at MSUM

Posted on August 19, 2010

Given Minnesota’s higher education woes, it would be understandable if the emotional climate at Minnesota State University Moorhead were bleak. But it’s not, in large part because of the focused, responsive and open leadership of President Edna Szymanski and her administrative team. In an era of budget-cutting bad news, the latest good news for MSUM is that enrollment projections are up and fundraising last year set a record.

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Enrollment, donations up at MSUM; University Excellence Awards announced

Posted on August 18, 2010

By Amy Dalrymple, INFORUM

Minnesota State University Moorhead President Edna Szymanski literally jumped for joy Tuesday. Szymanski was ecstatic to deliver news to faculty and staff during an all-university meeting that enrollment projections are up and fundraising last year was at a record high.

But not all of Szymanski’s updates prompted her to jump.

After solving one budget crisis, the university expects a continued decrease of state funding for at least 10 years. The worst-case scenario as the campus prepares for the 2012 biennium could mean the elimination of temporary positions.

“I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else facing this challenge,” Szymanski said. “We’ve already demonstrated we can come together creatively and innovate.”

The hard work of the admissions and marketing staff is behind the projected enrollment increases for this fall, said Diane Solinger, vice president of enrollment management. Read the rest of this entry →

Record enrollment growth of 14,338 students counted this spring at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Posted on March 03, 2010

Students enrolled in record numbers this spring at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, resulting in an increase of 14,338 students, or nearly an 8 percent gain, over a year ago, officials said today.

MSUM’s enrollment is up .9% or 60 students in headcount from spring 2009 to spring 2010, and up 1.2% or 70 students in full year equivalent from spring 2009 to spring 2010.

The state college and university system has 197,576 students taking credit courses, compared to last spring’s enrollment of 183,238. The latest growth spurt was on top of a record increase last fall when an additional 12,641 students enrolled compared to the year before. Read the rest of this entry →

Enrollment of new underrepresented students increases 22 percent this fall at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Posted on November 18, 2009

Enrollment of new students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education increased by 22 percent this fall at the 32 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, according to a new report presented to the Board of Trustees. These groups include students of color, low-income students and students whose parents did not attend college.

The state colleges and universities system enrolled 7,300 new underrepresented students. In addition, 8,000 more underrepresented students returned to the system’s institutions this fall, a 15 percent increase over a year ago.  The total number of underrepresented students this fall is 94,302, an increase of 18 percent.

“These increases are important for the state of Minnesota,” said Chancellor James H. McCormick. “The numbers show we have made substantial progress in recruiting and retaining more underrepresented students, although the economy also played a role in the increase.”

To help the state’s employers maintain their competitive edge in the global marketplace, Minnesota needs more students from these groups to complete postsecondary programs as aging baby boomers retire and the state’s population grows more diverse, McCormick said. The system produces 33,500 graduates each year. Eighty percent of them stay in Minnesota to work or continue their education.

Though the state colleges and universities have been working to improve recruitment and retention of underrepresented students for years, a system initiative called “Access, Opportunity and Success” began in the fall of 2007.  The Board of Trustees allocated $11 million a year for the initiative.

The system provided funds to every college and university to expand programs and services that have proven to be effective. The best practices include programs to help new students succeed in the transition from high school, advisors who routinely initiate contact with students, learning communities of students, summer programs and tutoring.

Brochures, posters and a Web site in nine languages also reached out to students from non-English speaking backgrounds in the 8th through 10th grades to explain the benefits of attending college and to encourage them to prepare for college.

“Underrepresented students often face barriers to entering college and succeeding once they get there,” McCormick said. “The Legislature and the governor have supported this initiative, and we are grateful for their interest.  It is gratifying that we are making some notable progress, but we still are a long way from eliminating the achievement gap that separates low-income and minority students from others.”

Enrollment was up in nearly all subgroups. The number of new students of color this fall grew by 16 percent, new first-generation college students increased by 21 percent and new students eligible for Pell grants increased by 37 percent. Pell grant eligibility is typically used by higher education institutions as an indication of family income.

The numbers released today are the official enrollment count of students taking credit-based courses on the 30th day of the fall semester. Total fall enrollment was 198,792 students. Read the rest of this entry →

Booming enrollment growth at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities sets record high

Posted on October 07, 2009

13 colleges have double-digit percentage increases

More students poured into the 32 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities this fall than ever before, resulting in the largest increase in the number of students since the system began, officials said today in releasing enrollment figures.

The state colleges and universities system now has 198,792 students or 12,641 more students than last fall when 186,150 students were enrolled. That’s nearly a 7 percent increase. Previously, the largest increase in the fall headcount was 9,023 additional students in 1999. Also, this is the fourth consecutive year that the system’s fall enrollment has set a record high.

Enrollment increases were particularly strong at the system’s 25 community and technical colleges. Thirteen colleges had increases greater than 10 percent.

“We know the economy was a major factor driving this enrollment boom,” said Chancellor James H. McCormick. “This unprecedented growth comes at a time when budgets have been cut at the state colleges and universities so faculty and staff are working harder than ever to serve students. We especially welcome the opportunity to serve displaced workers seeking to retool and upgrade their knowledge and skills.”

Enrollment was up in nearly all categories. The number of students of color this fall grew by 18.7 percent, from 27,446 to 32,585, while enrollment of white students was up 8.6 percent. In recent years, the colleges and universities have expanded programs to recruit and retain more students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education – students of color, low-income students and students who are the first in their families to attend college.

Enrollment of high school students in college courses, through the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program, grew by 4.8 percent. Under Minnesota law, high school students can take courses tuition-free at th state’s public colleges and universities.

The number of students taking online courses, which includes credit and noncredit courses, grew by 21.7 percent to 47,794 this fall. The system offers about 200 programs completely or predominantly online through Minnesota Online (, the largest provider of online education in the state.

Full-year-equivalent enrollment is projected to increase by almost 5.5 percent for the current year. (Full-year-equivalent enrollment is calculated by adding the credits taken by all students and dividing by the number of credits considered to be a full-time course load – 30 credits per year for undergraduates and 20 credits for graduate students.) The colleges and universities project a full-year-equivalent enrollment of 151,805 for the current year, compared with the actual full-year-equivalent enrollment of 143,924 for the 2008-2009 academic year.

The numbers released today are the official enrollment count of students taking credit-based courses on the 30th day of the fall semester.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 250,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 140,000 students in non-credit courses.

To see the report, go to:

Economy cited as reason enrollment is up at area community colleges

Posted on August 26, 2009

Enrollment at area community colleges is up this fall, with officials citing the economy as the main reason more students are headed to the classroom.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College has 5,802 students taking classes on the four campuses or on the Internet, a 3.8 percent increase over the 5,590 students enrolled last year at this time, said Carrie Brimhall, dean of enrollment.

The two-year college has campuses in Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes and Wadena.

Meanwhile, the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton reports 2,525 students, a 4.4 percent increase compared to last year’s first-day enrollment of 2,418 students.

Figures for both campuses are preliminary and will change as students drop or add classes.

Brimhall said officials expected to see enrollment increases as a result of job layoffs in the region.

More students at MSCTC are attending school full time, a reversal of what officials have seen in past years.

“This year we’re seeing more and more students taking more credits because they need to get done quicker and get out into the job market,” Brimhall said.

The Moorhead campus of MSCTC has 3,096 students so far this fall, a 1.3 percent decrease from last year’s enrollment of 3,137 students.

The decrease is because MSCTC had been teaching basic math classes at Minnesota State University Moorhead, but this year MSUM is offering those courses, Brimhall said.

Campus community: Thank You from Admissions

Posted on May 13, 2009

As you wind down the academic year, please accept my sincere appreciation for your help in recruiting students. Because of you and the efforts of many, we continue to meet freshman and transfer enrollment goals and increase MSUM’s market share in the shrinking regional pool of potential students. From Alumni and athletic partnerships to faculty and service outreach, you all add up to a robust recruitment effort.

This year, 3500+ students/families scheduled official campus tours, met with academic and student affairs departments and completed exit evaluations. Their responses were overwhelmingly positive. The visit scheduler built by IT provides significant tracking data that I will share as we plan for the years ahead.  Expect to see Admissions hosting lots of high school juniors, special groups, guidance counselors, teachers and transfers this summer. Read the rest of this entry →

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