For the seventh time in as many years, Montana State University has set an enrollment record for spring semester with 14,323 students enrolled at the university.
MSU’s colleges of engineering, agriculture and business led the growth. Engineering was the university’s fastest-growing college, registering eight percent growth from the previous spring and 20 percent growth over the last two years. It was followed closely by the MSU College of Agriculture, with six percent growth over the previous year; and the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, with five percent growth.
Overall, the university’s enrollment was up 221 students from 2014’s spring enrollment of 14,102 students. It also represents a growth of 623 students over the past two years; MSU’s spring enrollment in 2013 was 13,700 students.
MSU continues to be the largest university in the state of Montana. To address its growth, MSU is seeking funding from the Montana Legislature to renovate its Romney Hall for classrooms, student study space and a new veteran’s center.
The last large-scale state renovation of a campus building at MSU was in 2007 for Gaines Hall. Since then, the university has grown by 3,251 students, or nearly 27 percent.
The 93-year-old Romney Hall sits in the campus’ core and is currently unusable or marginally usable. The Montana Board of Regents placed the Romney renovation as the number one building priority for the university system.
MSU’s spring enrollment saw increases in several categories, including undergraduate students, graduate students, transfer students and students attending Gallatin College MSU.
The university saw a 20 percent increase this spring in students enrolled in Gallatin College MSU, a two-year college offering associate degrees and one-year professional certificates. Over a two-year period, Gallatin College MSU has experienced a 90 percent jump in enrollment. This spring, 435 students are enrolled in Gallatin College.
Last fall's enrollment of 15,421 students was also a record. It is typical for university enrollments to be somewhat lower in the spring semester.
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