Enrollment at the six state universities is down from a year ago, but more students came back to their campuses this fall.  Overall, enrollment is down about two-point-eight-percent compared to last year.

Board of Regents Executive Director Brian Maher says the percentage of students coming back to continue their education this fall though went up.

Maher says all of the schools have focused on getting their students to return.

The largest decrease in headcount this fall was at Black Hills State University, with a close to six-and-a-half-percent decline in enrollment, while Northern State University in Aberdeen was the only university to report a very slight increase in its headcount.  All of the universities reported a decrease in full-time equivalent student enrollments.