Fall enrollment stable at SD public universities; 6 schools have a total of 36,532 students

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PIERRE, South Dakota — Enrollment at South Dakota's six public universities has remained stable this fall.

The South Dakota Board of Regents says the headcount enrollment was up by 167 students to 36,532, an increase of about half a percent over last year.

The number of full-time equivalent students decreased by 45 to 26,736, a drop of about two-tenths of a percent. The number of full-time equivalent students is based on total credit hours generated by all students within the university system.

CEO Jack Warner says the Board of Regents is pleased with the increase in headcount enrollment. He says the slight decline in full-time equivalent students is consistent with public-sector higher education institutions emerging from a recession. He says when students have more employment opportunities, they tend to lighten their course loads.

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