Montana State University Billings broke its enrollment record with 5,335 students attending fall semester.
That’s a nearly 6 percent increase over last fall, which also set a record with 5,041 students, according to a Wednesday university press release.
Stacy Klippenstein, vice chancellor for student affairs, attributed the increase to MSU Billings giving students high-quality education at an affordable tuition.
Of the total enrollment, 3,804 students are in classes at the main campus and 1,531 are enrolled at the College of Technology on the West End.
The current data show steady year-to-year increases in many categories, including:
• The number of American Indian students continues to grow, with 305 students at both the main campus and COT. That amounts to a 9.8 percent increase on the main campus and a 5.7 percent at the COT. American Indians now make up about 6 percent of the overall student enrollment.
• The number of Hispanic students continues to grow as well, with 208 students this fall. That is an increase of 3.6 percent at the main campus and 13.8 percent at the COT.
• The number of graduate students is at 546 this year, which is a 10.5 percent increase from a year ago and a 12.1 percent increase over the past five years.
• At the start of the semester, 617 students lived on campus, a 17.5 percent increase over the past year and a surge of 26.2 percent over the past years.
Other enrollment information shows:
• Of the total number of students, 57.1 percent are under the age of 24. The largest percentage of students (38 percent) is between the ages of 18 and 21.
• The average age of the students at the main campus is 24.8, 26.2 at the COT.
• Most students (56.7 percent) are from Yellowstone County and another 32.9 percent are from other Montana counties.
• Of the total enrollment, 69.4 percent are full-time students.
• The majority of students continue to be women (62.1 percent), but the number of men attending the main campus increased 6.1 percent from a year ago.