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Brian Van Horn

Brian Van Horn

MAYVILLE – Mayville State University’s small size is one of the main reasons it set a record enrollment this spring, administrators say.

Spring enrollment at Mayville State was 1,078 students, a 13.4% increase from spring 2014 and a record for the university founded in 1889. Officials say the comfortable way students, many of them from rural North Dakota, feel on a small campus makes a difference.

“We know the students inside and outside the classroom,” said Brian Van Horn, MSU president. “If you go to any college or university in the country, they talk about personal service. I believe we don’t just talk about, we actually practice it.”

Van Horn also was impressed by the support Traill County residents give the university.

“Here, the university and the students are part of our community,” Van Horn said, noting that MSU basketball team members gave rides to an elderly Mayville woman this past season so she could attend games.

The university last fall received a $2.25 million Title 3 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to assist the university in retaining its students. This includes establishing an advisory center on campus.

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“If we accept them, our goal is for them to be successful and graduate,” Van Horn said.

Statistics show 62% of Mayville State’s student body is from North Dakota, and 72% will stay in the state after they graduate, Pflipsen said.

“The closer we can keep students to where they grew up, the more we can keep them in North Dakota,” Van Horn said.

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