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Fall Enrollment Shows Growth at Public Universities





             

 

 

 

News Release

Contacts: Mike Rush, Executive Director and CEO

mike.rush@sdbor.edu

Janelle Toman, Director of Communications

Janelle.toman@sdbor.edu

Telephone: (605) 773-3455

Fax: (605) 773-5320

www.sdbor.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 

Fall Enrollment Shows Growth at Public Universities

                                                   

PIERRE, S.D. – Fall enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities increased slightly compared to last year, up a third of one percent, the South Dakota Board of Regents reported today. Headcount enrollment was up by 131 students across the entire system.

 

Total headcount at the six public universities was 36,662, an increase of 0.36 percent over last year. The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) students for the Fall 2017 term—based on total credit hours generated by all students within the regents’ system—also increased.  FTE grew by 34 students to a total of 26,633.7, or 0.13 percent.

 

Dakota State University at Madison reported the greatest percentage growth in both its headcount (3.67 percent) and FTE (4.87 percent). The University of South Dakota at Vermillion grew total headcount and FTE with increases of 2.22 percent and 0.99 percent respectively.  

 

“Postsecondary education is very important for South Dakota and its economic well-being,” said Mike Rush, the regents’ executive director and CEO. “The state’s goal is to have 65 percent of 25 to 34 year olds possess some type of postsecondary credential.  The Board of Regents and the public universities are committed to meeting this significant goal.”

 

South Dakota Public University System: Fall 2017 Enrollments

 

The historical trend of headcount and FTE enrollment in South Dakota’s public university system, dating back to 1997, is shown in the following charts:

 

South Dakota Public University System

Headcount Enrollment 1997-2017

Fall Term

System

% Change

1997

25,719

 

1998

26,560

3.27%

1999

26,616

0.21%

2000

27,134

1.95%

2001

28,446

4.84%

2002

29,533

3.82%

2003

29,716

0.62%

2004

29,844

0.43%

2005

30,720

2.94%

2006

30,901

0.59%

2007

32,148

4.04%

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

32,943
33,779

36,440

36,103

36,430

36,365

36,532

36,439

2.47%
2.54%

7.88%

-0.92%

0.91%

-0.18%

0.46%

-0.25%

2016

36,531

0.25%

2017

36,662

0.36%

 

South Dakota Public University System

Full-Time Equivalent Enrollment 1997-2017

Fall Term

System

% Change

1997

21,714

 

1998

21,917

0.93%

1999

21,606

-1.42%

2000

21,616

0.04%

2001

22,339

3.35%

2002

23,008

3.00%

2003

23,605

2.59%

2004

23,534

-0.30%

2005

24,089

2.36%

2006

24,144

0.23%

2007

24,512

1.52%

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

24.926
25,468

26,625

26,720

26,468

26,782

26,737

26,684

1.69%
2.17%

4.54%

0.35%

-0.94%

1.18%

-0.17%

-0.20%

2016

26,600

-0.32%

2017

26,634

0.13%