On Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, the North Dakota University System released the fall 2022 official census, providing an overview of enrollment for the fall 2022 semester. Dickinson State University’s (DSU) official census presented the institution with further good news after the strong fulltime enrollment bump it experienced in the spring 2022 semester.

The university reported a total headcount enrollment of 1,473 students registered, compared to 1415 in fall 2021, representing a 4.1% growth in overall headcount.

The fulltime equivalency (FTE) of credit hours taken increased 0.08% from 1,154.23 to 1,155.18. Not only did DSU see an increase in headcount and FTE this fall, the number of transfer and early entry/dual credit students has also increased.

Transfer student headcount increased 6.71% from 149 to 159. Early entry high school students saw the biggest jump as DSU enrolled 229 students compared to 143 a year prior, a 60.1% increase.

Highlights from fall 2022 enrollment data:

  • A leap in Dual Credit and Early Entry has boosted DSU’s headcount and reinforces the institution’s commitment to helping students access low-cost, quality instruction. The partnerships with area schools helped students continue to pursue career pathways while in high school.
  • New graduate programs in the Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, and Master of Sport Administration offer learners the option to complete advanced degrees at home. The flexible, eight-week long courses provide students the opportunity to work while pursuing their degrees.
  • DSU’s dual mission focus and expanded accessibility offerings have allowed place-bound learners, especially in critical-need fields such as education, the opportunity to study in ways that fit their lifestyles.
  • Strong scholarship support of $1.1 million by the DSU Heritage Foundation provides opportunities for students to reduce their cost of attendance while the DSU enters its third straight year of frozen tuition.
  • Supported by athletics and revived on-campus activities, the number of students living on campus has residence halls at near capacity, thus continuing to support the local Dickinson economy.

“Fall 2022 enrollment at DSU is a positive departure from the current downward trend in higher education enrollment across the United States,” said John Miller, interim vice president and provost. “It once again shows that DSU students, including high school and nontraditional students, see DSU as an educational opportunity with great value and relevance.”