Mesalands reports enrollment growth for the spring semester

June 27, 2017

The Spring 2017 enrollment numbers show another increase at Mesalands Community College.

For the spring 2017 semester, Mesalands reported a headcount of 998 to 845 students for spring 2016, an increase of 18.1 percent. During the spring 2017 semester, students enrolled in a total of 6,143.5 credit hours, compared to 5,669 in spring 2016, an increase of 8.4 percent. As a result, Mesalands had a similar increase in the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) students for the spring semester.

The enrollment growth at Mesalands is significant with other colleges across the nation, struggling with enrollment declines. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks 97 percent of students enrolled in federal-aid eligible institutions, found a decrease in the number of students attending college last spring semester. The report showed an overall national decline of 1.5 percent in enrollment for the spring semester, compared to a year prior.

“The steady enrollment growth at Mesalands is an indicator of how this College continues to provide academic programs and services, to meet the needs of our students and our community,” said
Dr. Thomas W. Newsom, President of Mesalands Community College. “This has been a team effort of our faculty and staff involved in the recruitment, enrollment, and persistence efforts of the College. I want to commend the entire College community for their hard work and dedication to student success.”

Mesalands has reported an increase in enrollment for the last eight out of nine semesters.