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Bemidji State University enrollment tops 5,000 for third consecutive year

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Oct. 13, 2011) ó The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has released the systemís fall 2011 enrollment numbers, and Bemidji State Universityís enrollment as compared to the fall of 2010 is stable.

Bemidji Stateís total head-count enrollment for fall 2011 is 5,360, down four students - or 0.1 percent - from a year ago (5,364). Full-year equivalent enrollment is 4,700, down 15 from a year ago (4,715). It is the third consecutive year, and sixth time in the last seven years, BSUís total enrollment has topped 5,000.

Even with the slight decline, Bemidji Stateís 30th-day head-count enrollment is the universityís second-highest since 1991, when enrollment sat at 5,393 students.

Bemidji Stateís fall head count includes 4,981 undergraduates and 379 graduate students.

BSUís enrollment continues to be bolstered by a large freshman class. This year, the Universityís head count includes 831 freshman; this represents a 3.8-percent decline from last yearís 864-member freshman class, but still marks BSUís third consecutive year welcoming more than 800 new freshmen to campus in the fall.

Credit generation, which plays a more critical role in the Universityís budget than headcount, is also stable. The 5,360 students currently on campus have enrolled for a total of 65,451 credits, a decrease of just 1.1 percent from last year.

BSUís enrollment number will fluctuate throughout the fall as students enroll for distance learning options.

System-wide, enrollment at the seven four-year state universities was also flat. Head-count enrollment declined by 250 students to 69,037, a 0.4-percent decline, while full-time equivalent enrollment dipped by 0.9 percent, to 58,331. The systemís two-year colleges saw head-count enrollment fall by 2.1 percent, to 131,679, while full-year equivalent enrollment dipped to 95,760, a 3.4-percent decline.

Bemidji State is announcing enrollment figures on the 30th day of classes this year to coincide with official system-wide enrollment numbers released by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Reporting on the 30th day allows sufficient time for students to drop or add courses and to pay tuition.

Head count reflects an unduplicated number of students enrolled in credit-generating courses on campus and through external study areas such as distance learning.

About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesotaís lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.