Spring semester enrollment at Northwestern shows slight increase

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Spring semester enrollment at Northwestern shows slight increase

February 12, 2008

The increase in enrollment experienced at Northwestern Oklahoma State University during the fall semester of 2008 has carried over to the current spring semester, according to figures in a preliminary enrollment report presented to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Northwestern is reporting an increase in overall headcount enrollment of almost 2.2 percent, with 1,949 students attending spring classes. Enrollment grew by 42 students with notable increases in the number of first-time freshmen and sophomores.

“We seem to be one of only a handful of four-year institutions in Oklahoma to experience enrollment growth during the 2008-09 academic year,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, president of Northwestern. “Potential students have been impressed with the improvements we have made to our campuses, the quality of our academic programs and the affordability of a Northwestern degree.”

Cunningham said the school’s enrollment management staff is closely monitoring trends in enrollment to see what impact the current national economic situation and proposed recovery efforts will have on future enrollment.

At the main campus in Alva, enrollment increased by 37 students to 1,235, an increase of 3 percent.

A new campus in Woodward may have played a role in an enrollment increase there of more than 13 percent as 208 students enrolled in spring classes, a jump of 24 students.

Enrollment at Northwestern-Enid is slightly smaller this spring with 371 students enrolled, compared with 379 a year ago.
Northwestern also has 131 students enrolled at outreach sites, mainly in Ponca City, and 64 high school students enrolled in concurrent classes.

The sum of Northwestern’s campus and outreach enrollments is slightly larger than the total headcount figure because some students take classes at multiple sites.
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