VCSU reports enrollment increase

Sep 24th, 2013 @ 11:00 am | Author: Greg Vanney
Valley City State University has released its final enrollment figures for Fall Semester 2013, showing a total headcount of 1,366 students. The total includes 1,211 undergraduate students, along with 155 graduate students in VCSU’s online Master of Education (M.Ed.) program.

The enrollment figure is a four-student increase over the corresponding Fall Semester 2012 enrollment number. VCSU enrollment reached all-time high in 2011; since then enrollment has remained relatively stable, with the Fall 2013 numbers reaching the third highest total in the university’s 120-plus year history.

“We’re pleased to report a slight increase in enrollment compared to Fall 2012,” said VCSU President Steven W. Shirley. “That’s quite an accomplishment given that we graduated our largest class ever last spring.

“But perhaps most important is the stability we’ve been able to maintain since our record enrollment of 2011. Stable enrollment at these historic levels allows VCSU to budget and manage more efficiently, and to continue providing the kind of teaching and services which gives our students a first-rate education,” added President Shirley.

VCSU’s FTE (full-time equivalent) enrollment of 975 students for Fall 2013 represents one of the university’s highest totals ever, while the Fall 2013 graduate school FTE enrollment of 57 is the second highest total ever for the VCSU M.Ed. program.

A positive sign along with the enrollment numbers is an increase in residence hall occupancy in Fall 2013; those numbers increased 10.9 percent over Fall 2012 figures. Recent upgrades to the residence halls, along with a complete renovation of the VCSU cafeteria, have helped attract students back to the halls.

“Over the last five years, VCSU has been ranked by U.S. News in the No. 1 or No. 2 position among Public Regional Colleges in the Midwest,” said President Shirley. “Combined with other feedback we receive, including national accreditation and positive reports on student satisfaction, I’m confident that VCSU will continue educating strong numbers of students for years to come.”

VCSU, founded in 1890, recently completed construction on a $10.3 million renovation and addition to Rhoades Science Center, and this fall semester the university began offering a new major in software engineering, the first undergraduate major in software engineering in North Dakota.