Enrollment jumps 4.5 percent

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Enrollment at St. Cloud State University is 17,686 students, a 4.5 percent increase over fall 2008.

The university saw increases in domestic new entering freshmen, new entering transfer students, students of color, graduate students and participants in the Senior-to-Sophomore (S2S) and Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) programs, according to Mahmoud Saffari, associate vice president for enrollment management.

This is the largest student body since the school was founded in 1869, eclipsing the 1990 mark of 17,076 students.

Numbers are based on 30th-day data released Oct. 7.

State university comparisons

Percentage enrollment change over 2008, based on 30th-day enrollment data.

Bemidji State +6.1

Metropolitan State +5.3

St. Cloud State +4.5

Southwest Minnesota State +3.5

Minnesota State, Mankato +2.4

Winona State +2.1

Minnesota State, Moorhead -0.1

View enrollment data (PDF) for all schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

International student enrollment remained stable at 1,094, compared with 1,089 in fall 2008. However, there was a 38 percent decline in new entering international students.

The greatest increase was in new students of color, which at 466 brought the total students of color enrollment to 1,560. That’s a 13 percent jump and an overall increase of 17 percent.

Since fall 2002, students of color enrollment has nearly doubled, which Saffari attributes to the university’s efforts to welcome a more diverse campus community.

“It’s gratifying to see the number of students of color continue to grow,” said St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III. “Their contributions enhance the learning environment for our entire community.”

Saffari noted that total enrollment will exceed 17,700 this fall, as students in S2S still are enrolling.

S2S, a St. Cloud State program, allows eligible high school students to earn high school and college credits by completing introductory college-level courses at their high schools.

PSEO, a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities program, allows qualifying high school juniors and seniors to earn high school and college credits while enrolled in St. Cloud State classes.

Enrollment increase details include:

  • 2,341 new entering domestic freshmen, up 2 percent
  • 1,252 domestic new entering transfer students, up 13 percent
  • 1,905 graduate students, up 8 percent
  • PSEO enrollment, up 21 percent, from 311 to 376
  • S2S enrollment, up 1.2 percent, from 1,533 to 1,559

Graduate students now account for 10.8 percent of the total student body, Saffari said.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, which has 25 two-year colleges and seven state universities, saw a record enrollment increase of nearly 7 percent.

St. Cloud State is the largest state university, with nearly 3,000 more students than Minnesota State University, Mankato. Bemidji State University is the smallest, with a fall 2009 enrollment of 5,171.


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