MSU Billings enrollment drops; MSU student numbers increase

2013-02-15T16:28:00Z 2013-02-15T23:55:05Z MSU Billings enrollment drops; MSU student numbers increaseBy MARY PICKETT The Billings Gazette

Montana State University Billings saw a slight drop in enrollment this spring semester over last year.

This semester, 4,866 students are attending the university, 2 percent fewer than last year at this time, said Michel Barber, MSU Billings CIO.

Of that total, 3,567 students were at the main university campus and 1,299 at City College, formerly the College of Technology.

The numbers continued a trend from fall semester, which also had a drop of enrollment of 3.6 percent from 2012.

That reflects a good economy in which some potential students go to work instead of coming to school, Barber said.

Although numbers are down from last year, City College still has 20 percent more students than five years ago. The university campus enrollment is about the same as in 2009.

One area of increased enrollment over last year is high school students taking college-level classes, said Linda Wham, manager of institutional research and analysis.

This semester, 162 high school students are taking college classes. That is twice as many as spring 2012.

Montana State University in Bozeman set a new record for spring enrollment with 13,700 students, 400 students more than spring 2012.

The University of Montana in Missoula, which started spring semester classes later than the MSU system, has not yet released its enrollment figures.  

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