Enrollment numbers are up this fall at Dakota State University in multiple categories, including total enrollment.
There are 3,509 students enrolled at DSU this fall, up from 3,241 last fall, an 8.3% increase. This is the first time enrollment has topped 3,500 for the institution. Eighty-four percent (2,951) are undergraduates, 16% are graduate students.
Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) student numbers are up 9.9%. This is a reflection of the number of credit hours divided by what is considered a full-time load. This is a positive trend, as research shows that students who take a full-time class load are far more likely to eventually achieve their desired degree.
New freshmen numbers are up 6.2% and transfer students are up 12.4%. Fifty-nine percent (2,086) are online students, 38% are on-campus, reflecting a 13% increase in the number of online only students for DSU.
The percentage of students from South Dakota is up 9.36%. These students account for 61% of the student body. Sixty-four of South Dakota’s 66 counties are represented in those numbers, and there are students from all 50 states.