ABERDEEN, S.D. – This fall, enrollment numbers for Northern State University
include an increase of high-achieving students, with triple the number of recipients of the university’s highest level of the WolfPACT Scholarship.
Fifteen students have received the President's Meritorious Scholarship this fall, meaning that they have an ACT score of 30 or above. Only five students had this distinction in 2012-13. Also, 91 WolfPACT recipients (new and returning) have an ACT score of 28 or above.
NSU’s fall 2013 headcount, as released today by the South Dakota Board of Regents, is 3,343. Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment is 2,128.5. The total is down from the historic levels seen in the last two years.
“NSU has experienced tremendous growth over the course of the past few academic years; this year, that growth spurt was paused,” said NSU President Jim Smith.
However, Northern has dedicated attention to full-time students taking more credit hours, and that shows in the very limited reductions in FTE enrollment.
“At present, our total loss in fully-enrolled students is less than 30,” Smith said. “Thus, the vast majority of those not returning or not recruited for eventual enrollment, this year, were unquestionably part-time individuals.”
An area that has seen comprehensive growth is those awarded the WolfPACT Scholarship, the largest guaranteed scholarship in the region.
NSU has a record 530 WolfPACT recipients (new and continuing) this fall, receiving annual awards of approximately $732,000 and resulting in an average award of $1,381. Of those, 215 are first-year recipients – the largest number of new recipients since 2008-09.
The largest total growth category in the past three years is among recipients with an ACT score of 24-27. There are 96 this fall, as compared to 86 in 2012-13 and 67 in 2011-12.