Enrollment at BHSU down, WDT at record high
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Overall enrollment at South Dakota’s public universities is down about three percent this fall semester.
The Board of Regents say it’s not much of a surprise amid the pandemic.
Locally, Black Hills State has a six percent decline from a year ago, with just over 3,600 students enrolled this semester.
However, a bright spot is an increase in the number of students who are returning and continuing their education at BHSU.
Another positive is that enrollment of students from other states in the region is up 23 percent.
Enrollment this semester at Western Dakota Tech, meanwhile, is up more than eight percent from over a year ago. The number of students is at a record high of 1,350.
WDT President Ann Bolman says she’s excited by the numbers, adding that it shows people realize the school offers a “Great education that will help them find great paying careers in the Black Hills.”