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ST. PAUL (AP) – Enrollment in Minnesota’s private colleges held steady this fall, increasing only 1.1 percent from last year.

The Minnesota Private College Council reports fall enrollment in its 17 member institutions was 63,324, which includes both graduate and undergraduate students.

Enrollment in those 17 institutions accounts for about a third of all students attending four-year institutions in the state.

Graduate enrollment was up the most in the private colleges, at 2.5 percent. Undergraduate enrollment was up less than 1 percent since 2009. Overall, enrollment in the institutions is up 18 percent over the past 10 years.

Enrollment also become more diverse. The college council reports nearly 8,000 non-white students were enrolled in its school in fall 2010, up nearly 113 percent from fall 2000.

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