Fall enrollment eclipses 2,300 mark at Northwestern

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Fall enrollment eclipses 2,300 mark at Northwestern

For the first time since 2010, fall semester enrollment at Northwestern Oklahoma State University has eclipsed the 2,300 mark and is the fifth largest in history.

In a preliminary enrollment report submitted to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Northwestern reported 2,312 students are attending classes this fall, an increase of 0.6 percent or 13 students from the same time last year.

Prior to 2010, the last time enrollment topped 2,300 was in 1970, when 2,349 students were enrolled. The period from 1967-70 saw the largest enrollments in university history, during the height of the Vietnam War.

“We feel very good about our enrollment situation,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “We continue to be in the middle of a robust regional economy where jobs are plentiful. Despite many economic factors not in our favor, we have been able to maintain steady, manageable growth.”

At the main campus in Alva, enrollment is up slightly to 1,550 students, an increase of six from 2012. Student housing occupancy increased 2.5 percent with 743 students residing in the school’s four residence halls.

Cunningham said Northwestern welcomed 408 new freshmen to its campuses this fall.

Enrollment at Northwestern-Enid was virtually unchanged from one year ago with 280 students attending classes there, compared with 281 students in 2012.

Northwestern-Woodward saw enrollment rise by nine students to 276.

Enrollment at Northwestern’s outreach sites also increased slightly to 182 students, compared with 178 a year ago. Northwestern also is serving 71 high school students through concurrent enrollment courses.

Northwestern’s online course offerings, including its degree completion programs in business, accounting and nursing, continue to attract more students. Enrollment in online courses jumped nearly 9 percent to 624 students.

The enrollment increase at Northwestern bucked a trend as many of the state’s regional and two-year colleges are reporting smaller enrollments.