Concordia St. Paul News

October 6, 2016

Enrollment Record Toppled for Fifth Straight Year

Concordia University, St. Paul posted record enrollment for the fifth consecutive year as the office of institutional research reported an overall headcount of 4,535 students at the Fall 2016 census, an increase of 155 from a year ago. The total includes full and part time students enrolled in CSP’s traditional undergraduate, adult undergraduate, and graduate programs.

Enrollment has increased 10 of the last 11 years overall. Concordia has seen a substantial increase in enrollment since dropping tuition for traditional undergraduates by $10,000 as part of its tuition reset in 2013, gaining 903 students.

Each student population area saw increases in enrollment with 1,456 students enrolled in Concordia’s traditional undergraduate programs, 1,203 in adult undergraduate programs, and 1,876 in graduate programs. CSP’s doctoral programs, which are included with the graduate totals, recorded a significant increase of 52 students bringing its overall enrollment up to 123.

“Since 2011 CSP’s enrollment is up 61 percent, which is an astonishing number,” Concordia President Dr. Tom Ries said. “When asked the reasons for this growth I usually point to three; our capacity to bring quality new academic programs to the marketplace, a competitive pricing strategy that makes private education affordable when compared to public options and other privates, and constructive relationships with some excellent partners.”

The tenth day of the fall semester is used as the census date for students in traditional programs. For students in adult undergraduate and graduate programs it is one week after classes begin. All students registered for credit are counted.

Fall 2016 Enrollment Notes:

  • CSP has surpassed an overall enrollment of 4,000 students for three consecutive years
  • 1,193 of Concordia’s traditional undergraduate students are from the state of Minnesota
  • CSP enrolls 228 veterans or active military students (all programs)
  • For the first time ever CSP has students enrolled from all 50 states and the District of Columbia
  • There are 137 international students enrolled (all programs)
  • Students from 21 foreign countries are enrolled at CSP (all programs)
  • 32.1% of the traditional undergraduate population designate themselves as people of color (excludes international students)
  • 21.7% of CSP’s traditional undergraduate population are first generation college students






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