Student enrollment at the University of North Dakota has only slightly decreased since last year, but the number of incoming freshmen dropped 19 percent, spokesman Peter Johnson said Wednesday.
The university’s official final enrollment total was 15,143, or 107 fewer students than last year’s record. The number of incoming freshman dropped 449 from last year to 1,908 this fall.
Johnson said that’s because the university is being more selective during the admissions process.
“We’ve been a little bit stricter on allowing students who don’t meet the overall qualifications to be admitted,” he said. “The bar is moving up, so this year we accepted fewer students.”
North Dakota State University, the state's other research university, experienced record total enrollment at 14,629. NDSU’s incoming freshman class was the second-largest in history, with 2,553 students, or a 4.6 percent increase from fall 2012.