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UND enrollment up for fall 2022

Trend has continued for three years

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UND students make their way across the quad between classes Monday, August 29, 2022.
Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — Enrollment at UND increased this year from the previous fall. The university gained 104 students, a .76% increase.

Enrollment has risen each year since the fall of 2019, a trend that Meloney Linder, vice president of marketing and communications says is a positive development compared with declining figures elsewhere.

“While other institutions have seen declining enrollment, UND enrollment is trending upward in recent years,” Linder said.

The 13,876 students enrolled for the 2022-23 represent all levels of education. The cohort with the most significant increase in enrollment is undergraduate at 9,928, up 210 students. The university also saw a bump with 921 new transfer students.

UND’s incoming freshmen class has a strong academic profile as well. Of the 1,753 new freshmen, the average grade point average is 3.58 on a 4 point scale. Additionally, the class of 2027 contains 477 presidential scholars, a 3% increase from last year.


The $3,500 annual scholarship, renewable up to four years, is awarded to incoming freshmen with an unweighted high school GPA of 3.90 or higher. In order to maintain their scholarship status, awardees must attain a university-wide GPA of 3.25 or higher, and complete 24 credit hours per academic year.

UND also welcomes eight National Merit Scholars and finalists. The award is determined by scores on the Preliminary SAT. Around 16,000 students from all 50 states advance to the semi-finalist stage. Each semi-finalist is in the top 1% of test takers in their home state, according to an informational pamphlet published by the organization.

David Dodds, director of communications for UND, praised university staff for recruiting academically talented students.

“The profile of our freshmen class is a testament to the hard work of our enrollment managers,” Dodds said.

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