Montana State University-Northern released the enrollment numbers for the fall 2010 semester: 1,304 total students, 1,180 undergraduate and 124 graduate students.
These numbers are higher than last year’s, by 32 total students, but they are not as large as early estimates.
At a public forum at Northern on Sept. 30, Chancellor Frank Trocki said that this year’s incoming class was the largest in 10 years.
At a final count of 478 students, the class is 25 fewer than last year’s. Though 2009, with 503, had nearly 100 more students coming in than 2008’s 405.
Lindsey Brown, dean of students and registrar at Northern, said that the difference between expectation and eventual reality was the result of a usual early semester cull, removing students who enrolled but may not have paid for courses or attended them.
This year is the first time enrollment numbers have crossed the 1,300 mark since a drop of more than 12 percent in 2007.