Following a national trend, initial numbers show a decline in enrollment at UND this fall.
For the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year, UND posted a first-day enrollment of 13,445, which was down about 500 students from last year when first-day enrollment was 13,958 students.
The university records its official enrollment count the fourth week of classes, but the school also takes a first day enrollment snapshot.
UND has been part of a national trend that has seen overall enrollments decrease across the U.S. during the past six years, according to a news release from the Grand Forks-based school. UND's highest enrollment ever was in 2012, when the overall student count was 15,250.
Despite the drop, UND's freshman class of 1,844 includes the university's most Presidential Scholars in history, more than 160 honors program students and has higher overall high school GPA than any previous class, according to the release.
Transfer students have also increased this fall.
Programs, such as 2 plus 2, which allow students to more seamlessly transfer to UND from other institutions, have resulted in attracting 724 transfer students to the university, up by 62 over last year.
There are a total of 899 transfer students at UND for their first fall semester, including students who transferred to UND in the summer session.