Freshman class on track for record-setting repeat

Things are looking up again at the University of North Dakota.

First-day enrollment statistics broke yet more records this fall in the wake of similar positive trends in 2017 and 2018.

This year, UND’s first-day total enrollment hit 13,372 students. And the total number of new students — including freshmen, new grad students, transfers and medical and law students — increased by 3.3 percent over last year.

And this year’s freshman class is even more diverse and academically prepared than last year’s. The fall 2018 freshmen set a record with an overall average high school GPA of 3.46. This year’s incoming freshman class of 1,683 students upped that average to 3.50.

The same class marked another record with a 10 percent increase in the number of students reporting an ethnicity other than white/Caucasian.

Since the launch of the One UND Strategic Plan, the collective GPA of UND’s freshman classes consistently has made a small but steady year-to-year increase. Read more on the story.