WILLISTON, N.D. - Williston State is experiencing its third enrollment spike in as many semesters. Early spring enrollment numbers are up 100% from the same time last year. Last spring was a record breaker with enrollment passing the 1000 mark for the first time in the College's history.
Free tuition programs for Williams County students and a recessed economy contributed to the spike in students pursuing a postsecondary degree at Williston State. When unemployment goes up, enrollment goes up. Unemployment is typically the number one predictor in community college enrollment. In Williston State's case, Foundation scholarships are the main driver of the College's current enrollment growth.
This semester, 33% of students were awarded the Williams County Graduate Scholarship, which explains the 43% increase in full time students. Headcount increased by 17.5%. More significantly, students took more classes with the number of scheduled credit hours increasing by 27.5%.
As we approach the spring semester, the College is on track to experience the same explosive growth as we did this past fall. The Williston State College Foundation created education opportunity through affordable education. Our students took the opportunity presented by our Foundation and in most cases, have undertaken their education as full-time students. Our students, our College, and our community are truly blessed by this marriage of higher education opportunity and higher education achievement. Community support in our Foundation makes a real difference in the lives of our students.
Raymond A. Nadolny, PH.D.
President | Williston State College