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BSU, NTC follow trend with fewer students

BEMIDJI -- Enrollment at BSU and Northwest Technical College is down a bit from last year, following a trend evident throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

BEMIDJI -- Enrollment at BSU and Northwest Technical College is down a bit from last year, following a trend evident throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

BSU's total enrollment dropped by 46 students, or .9 percent, from 2013 to 2014, according to 30-day enrollment figures provided by the university. In 2013, there were 4,952 total students and there are 4,906 this year.

Enrollment for full-time students dropped by the same percentage, as there are 2,025 full-time students registered this year compared to 2,044 last year.

Enrollment for all NTC students dropped by 9.6 percent, from 1,203 to 1,088. Full-time enrollment dropped from 330 students to 306, or 7.4 percent.

Systemwide, enrollment in MnSCU institutions dropped by 3.6 percent in the same timeframe, and likewise dropped by 4.2 percent for full-time enrollment.

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Rainy River Community College -- part of the Northeast Higher Education District -- is the institution growing the most, increasing its overall enrollment by nine students, for 2.9 percent, and growing by seven full-time students, or 4.9 percent.

The only university experiencing higher enrollment totals is Southwest Minnesota State University, which grew by 41 total students, for .6 percent -- but dropped by 13 full-time students for a decrease of .7 percent.

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