Mayville State University has recorded a four percent increase in the number of students enrolled for the fall semester of 2018, topping the university’s all-time enrollment record for the seventh-straight year. This is the eighth enrollment record set in the last nine years. Headcount enrollment for the fall semester is 1,184.

“We are thrilled that Mayville State University has become the university of choice for so many,” said Mayville State University President Dr. Brian Van Horn. “Mayville State University fills a unique niche and is serving the state of North Dakota in ways that truly make a difference.”

An average of 70% of all Mayville State students choose to remain in North Dakota after they’ve earned their degrees, filling work force needs and contributing to the state’s economy. For example, Mayville State’s RN-to-BSN online nursing program has grown rapidly and is helping to address the shortage of nursing professionals in the state.

In addition to a four percent increase in student headcount and full time equivalent numbers, the first-time, full-time retention rate is at a record high.

“This is a reflection of the hard work that Mayville State faculty and staff have put into student success initiatives,” said Dr. Andrew Pflipsen, MSU Vice President for Student Affairs. “We make it our priority to see that students have good educational experiences and are successful graduates.”

MSU offers a variety of flexible learning opportunities that are available online and on campus. Distance students may enroll as non-degree-seekers or pursue degree programs. MSU partners with Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, N.D., North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., and Williston (N.D.) State College to offer four-year degree opportunities to students in those locations. 

Mayville State’s campus has been extensively updated during the last several years. An artificial turf football field has been installed and the first game was played on the new field Sept. 8. A recent Health, Physical Education, and Recreation renovation and expansion project is providing new and modern classroom and training space for students and athletes. The largest residence hall on campus has been transformed to provide apartment- and suite-style living accommodations, and a traditional residence hall has recently been updated for use as a living and learning community for high-achieving students.

Brian Van Horn became Mayville State’s 17th president when he took office in July of 2018.