Minot State University reports a significant drop in students this fall - down 5.4 percent on opening day.
The school reported 3,338 students on the first day, down about 200 students from early 2013 figures.
The total number of graduate and international students showed an increase this fall and the collaborative dual degree program in social work showed growth.
University President Dr. Steven Shirley says that Minot faces unique pressures given the strength of the economy and residual housing impacts following the 2011 Mouse River flood.
But the new president says there are no excuses and he looks forward to developing strategies to improve recruitment.
(Dr. Steven Shirley, President Minot State University) "Those are simply some things that we have to be aware of and start to figure out some strategies and directions for us to have to work around that because we certainly want to see the university grow, I'm committed to seeing that university grow and we're going enrollment numbers turn around but that's our day one numbers."
The official enrollment count is submitted to the North Dakota University System after the fourth week of classes.