Fall enrollment continues near record levels

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Fall enrollment continues near record levels

September 13, 2011

Enrollment for the 2011 fall semester at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is nearly the same as last year, when the institution reported its largest student headcount in four decades.

According to a preliminary enrollment report submitted to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, a total of 2,273 students are attending classes this fall, a decrease of 1.6 percent or 38 students from a year ago when 2,311 were enrolled.

Credit hour production remained virtually unchanged.

“We are very pleased with our enrollment figures and they are very much in line with our projections for the semester,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, president. “Considering the near record numbers we saw last year, and a booming regional economy led by the energy industry, the enrollment numbers reflect that students view Northwestern as an excellent college value.”

After jumping nearly 8 percent in 2010, the number of first-time freshmen remained steady with 444 newcomers attending classes this fall, compared with 447 a year ago.

At Northwestern’s main campus in Alva, enrollment is at 1,523 students, a decline of 45 students from fall 2010.
Student housing numbers remain almost unchanged with 653 students residing in the University’s four residence halls, compared with 657 last year.

Enrollment at Northwestern-Woodward crossed the 300 student mark for the first time with 314 students, an increase of 15 students or 4.7 percent.

Northwestern-Enid has an enrollment of 294 students, a drop of 52 from a year ago.

“Enrollment at our Enid Campus has declined in recent years, however, we are looking at possible new initiatives, including even greater collaboration with Northern Oklahoma College, to begin the process of serving a greater number of students,” said Cunningham.

Enrollment at Northwestern’s outreach sites fell by four students to 134 and the number of high school students enrolled in concurrent courses totaled 56.

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