The number of first-time, full-time freshmen at the University of South Dakota is up about 4 percent this fall compared to last year, President James W. Abbott said Tuesday, but overall enrollment is flat.
USD has a headcount of 9,971 students this fall, compared to 10,061 in Fall 2014, a change of less than 1 percent. Despite having slightly fewer students, the number of credit hours being taught is up.
“We’re down in part-time students and up in full-time,” Abbott said. “We’d like all the part-time students we can get, but the reality is we have more full-time students this year, and we’re very happy about it.”
The new freshman class also contributed to a 16 percent growth in the USD honors program, he said.
USD, which has South Dakota’s largest Graduate School, saw a 17 percent increase in the number of students graduating with master’s and doctor’s degrees last school year, resulting in a slightly smaller graduate population this year. Growth was noted in the Beacom School of Business, School of Health Sciences, Law School and the USD Sanford School of Medicine.