ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — More than 200,000 students are now enrolled in credit-bearing courses in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, and a record 43,141 of them are members of racial minorities.
The MnSCU system released its enrollment numbers on Thursday. The system says its colleges and universities now enroll 200,716 students, down about 3,000 students from the 203,738 last year.
The slight decrease — less than 2 percent — was attributed to the large number of students who enrolled at the start of the recession who have now graduated.
The number of minority students rose 4.6 percent this year and now account for 22 percent of the student body, up from just below 21 percent in fall 2010.
There were 131,679 students in MnSCU colleges and 69,037 in system universities.
(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)