Northwestern fall enrollment at highest level since 1971

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Northwestern fall enrollment at highest level since 1971

September 11, 2009

Full parking lots, a high demand for dormitory rooms and a general uptick in campus activity led Northwestern Oklahoma State University officials to believe that enrollment numbers for fall semester classes would be positive.

They were right – very right.

Enrollment for the fall semester at Northwestern is at its highest level since 1971 with a large class of first-time freshmen leading the way.

In a preliminary enrollment survey submitted to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Northwestern reported a total headcount enrollment of 2,237 students, an increase of 140 students or 6.7 percent from a year ago.

The last time enrollment at Northwestern was at this level occurred in 1971, when 2,258 students were enrolled during the Vietnam War era.

The number of credit hours generated by students also jumped 8.5 percent to 26,454.

“The growing enrollment numbers are pleasing because students of all ages are recognizing the value of a college degree and because they view Northwestern as the institution of choice for earning that degree,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, president of Northwestern.

Northwestern also reported a nearly 30 percent increase in first-time freshmen, with 416 newcomers enrolled in classes, compared with 323 freshmen last year. This represents the largest freshman class in more than 30 years.

Enrollment at all three of Northwestern’s campuses is larger this year.

At the main campus in Alva, enrollment jumped 10.8 percent to 1,471 students, an increase of 143 from a year ago. Credit hour production is up 10.8 percent to 18,483.

The dormitory census at the Alva campus is 545, which is the largest count since the mid 1980s.

“The continued growth in enrollment at the Alva campus is certainly tied to our ability to offer a very competitive financial package that is supplemented by the Alva Incentive Program,” Cunningham said.

Northwestern-Woodward reported 255 students, an increase of 11.8 percent from last year. Enrollment at the campus has grown 22 percent in the past two years. Credit hour production at the campus increased nearly 17 percent from 2008.

Northwestern-Enid enrolled 375 students, an increase of 2.2 percent. Credit hour production increased more than 4 percent from a year ago.

Enrollment at Northwestern’s outreach sites did decrease by 22 students to 133; however, enrollment of high school students in concurrent courses increased by four students.

The sum of Northwestern’s campus enrollments is slightly larger than the total headcount because some students enroll in classes at multiple sites.
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