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Updated: BSU enrollment down slightly overall, but more freshmen on campus

BEMIDJI — Fall enrollment is down slightly at Bemidji State University, but the campus is welcoming a larger freshmen class this year.

BSU’s fall enrollment is 4,952, down 65 students, or 1.3 percent, from last fall. BSU released its enrollment figures Thursday, which represent the number of students enrolled on day 30 of the 2013-2014 school year.

Fulltime enrollment is down 0.7 percent at 4,090, and total credits generated decreased by 0.6 percent to 60,816. The latter figure, the university said in a release, plays a more critical role in determining the university’s budget.

Conversely, BSU’s freshmen class, at 830 students, represents a 9.5 percent increase from last year. This year marks the fourth time in five years BSU has had a freshmen class of at least 800 students.

Also, nearly 37 percent of this fall’s freshmen received an automatic merit-based scholarship from the Office of Admissions or BSU Foundation at the time they enrolled.

BSU reported that online credits continue to play an increasingly important role, even for on-campus students. While less than 5 percent of credits taken by on-campus undergraduate students are online, the number of students who are taking at least one online course has grown to 597, a 13 percent increase from last year.

BSU announces fall enrollment figures on day 30 of classes to coincide with official enrollment numbers generated by the Minne-sota State Colleges and Universities system.

The enrollment figures for Northwest Technical College were not released as Thursday evening.

BSU fall enrollments

Based on Day 30 enrollment figures the past five years:

2013 — 4,952

2012 — 5,017

2011 — 5,360

2010 — 5,363

2009 — 5,171