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University of Mary expects enrollment to continue growing

February 10, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The University of Mary will open a waitlist for incoming students for the second consecutive year after welcoming a record-setting freshman class last fall.

Richard Hinton, the university’s director of undergraduate admissions, told The Bismarck Tribune that the school had 530 freshman students enrolled last fall, and administrators expect enrollment to continue growing.

The Bismarck campus will start its waitlist May 1.

“It’s quite impressive, to be honest with you, because we’re this little school up in North Dakota ... and yet there seems to be this demand for what we bring,” Hinton said.

The university has seen an influx of out-of-state students, with just 40 percent of students coming from North Dakota.

There’s also been growth in the nursing and engineering programs in particular, according to Hinton. The university allows nursing students to complete their senior year for free, he said. The school plans to invest more into the engineering program to accommodate the growing demand.

The year-round campus could also be a draw for students interested in completing their bachelor’s degrees in less than three years, which saves money, according to Hinton.

University officials plan to continue monitoring enrollment to ensure the school has enough space for all the students.

“As the director of admissions, I hope that we have space to accommodate the demand that we have now ... but I think the demand, by the way, is swelling, Hinton said.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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