SD Board of Regents release fall enrollment for 2021
“Enrollments are substantially flat and that is about what we expected, since we still see impacts from the ongoing pandemic,” said Brian L. Maher, the Regents’ Executive Director and CEO. “While we dedicated ourselves to offering a more normal higher education experience this fall, these are challenging times. Our public university system is prepared to meet that challenge head on, delivering South Dakota a well-educated workforce and engaged citizens.”
According to the press release, the system headcount was down 121 students, a decline of 0.35%. Total headcount at the six public universities was 33,445.
South Dakota School of Mines saw an 8% increase of incoming freshmen from 2020, but overall headcount is down by 59 students this year.
“Our nation has a great need for scientists and engineers,” says Mines President Jim Rankin. “Our students are the problem solvers of tomorrow. Our graduates become the industry leaders who advance the frontier of innovation.”
Black Hills State University saw a 3.4% increase of first-time freshmen and a 9.8% increase of transfers, but were down by 69 students compared to 2020.
“While we are disappointed with an overall enrollment decline, there is strong growth to report in several key areas,” BHSU President Laurie S. Nichols said. “We are welcoming more first-time freshmen, transfer, and dual credit students to campus as students continue to appreciate the value of in-person learning and the quality of a Black Hills State University degree.”
South Dakota Public University System: Fall 2021 Enrollments