Feb 11th, 2014 @ 10:22 am | Author: Greg Vanney
Valley City State University has released its final student enrollment figures for Spring Semester 2014, and those figures indicate that VCSU has set records for both headcount and FTE (full-time equivalent), eclipsing all previous marks since the university switched to a semester system in 1992–93.

VCSU numbers for Spring 2014 show a total headcount of 1,341 students, an increase of 54 over last year’s spring enrollment of 1,287. The 2014 figures include 1,192 undergraduate students, along with 149 graduate students in VCSU’s online Master of Education (M.Ed.) program.

The FTE figure for Spring 2014 is 956, an increase of 35 over last spring’s mark of 921.

The increase seen in VCSU’s Spring Semester 2014 enrollment is part of a strong growth trend at Valley City State. Since 2009, VCSU’s spring headcount numbers have grown from 959 to 1,341, a 40 percent increase. Similarly, FTE over the same period has increased from 767 to 956, a 25 percent increase.

“We’re excited to announce this all-time record spring enrollment as well as the continuation of our recent significant campus growth,” said VCSU President Steven W. Shirley. “The numbers reflect the quality and variety of our academic offerings, and they’re an important indicator of the overall teaching and learning environment here at Valley City State.”

The record enrollment also points to an increase in student retention and success, said Shirley. “Since our new student numbers—transfers and new freshmen—this spring are very similar to last spring’s numbers, it means VCSU is retaining more of the students already here, and that’s a positive indicator of student persistence and success across campus.”

Founded in 1890, VCSU completed construction on a $10.3 million renovation and addition to Rhoades Science Center in Summer 2013, and in Fall 2013 the university began offering a new major in software engineering, the first undergraduate major in software engineering in North Dakota.

VCSU has been ranked a U.S. News ‘Best College’ for 16 consecutive years and the No. 1 or No. 2 Public Regional College in the Midwest each of the last 5 years.