Freshman enrollment at Bismarck State College is up six percent this year over 2017.
A total of 3,778 students enrolled this fall at BSC, making the institution the third largest college in North Dakota.
Overall enrollment is up one percent from last year.
Of those enrolled, 82 percent are from North Dakota, a nearly two percent hike over 2017.
“These numbers are cause for celebration, considering the number of area high school graduates has been down the past few years,” said BSC President Larry C. Skogen.
Part-time enrollment rose three percent – a reflection of both a strong job market and an increase in early entry/dual credit students. This fall, 604 high school students enrolled in classes through BSC that provide them with both high school and college credit.
“We find that when unemployment is low and wages are strong, students will pursue an education on a part time basis and keep their good paying jobs” said Dan Leingang, BSC Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The programs with the highest enrollment are Energy Management (where students earn a four-year bachelor of applied science degree), Power Plant Technology, Practical Nursing and Electric Power Technology.
Other programs with significant numbers this fall include Process Plant Technology, Associate Degree Nursing, Electrical Transmission Systems Technology and Cybersecurity & Computer Networking.