MSU also saw an increase when comparing spring and fall enrollments, Nelson said. Spring enrollment is normally 91 percent of the fall enrollment, but this spring's enrollment is 94 percent of the fall enrollment.
Allen Yarnell, vice president of student affairs, said it's too early to elaborate on the reasons for the increases. Analysis is under way, but he said two elements are involved. One is that MSU had a record number of freshmen in the fall. The other relates to retention, which is "something we have been working very hard on."
Of the 12,001 students this spring, 9,764 are undergraduates, 1,543 are graduate students and 694 are postbaccalaureate students. That's a full-time equivalency of 9,988.
Last year's spring headcount was 11,509 with a full-time equivalency of 9,582, Nelson said.
MSU had a record enrollment and record number of freshmen in the fall. The headcount was 12,764, with 2,281 being freshmen.
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