Northwestern records fifth largest enrollment in school history

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Northwestern records fifth largest enrollment in school history

September 9, 2010

Enrollment for the 2010 fall semester at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is the fifth largest in school history and marks the highest total in 40 years.

According to a preliminary enrollment report submitted to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, a total of 2,311 students are attending classes this fall, an increase of 3.3 percent from a year ago when 2,237 were enrolled.

Credit hour production also rose by 6.4 percent.

This year’s enrollment is the largest since a four-year period during the Vietnam War era when enrollment rose above 2,400 and peaked at 2,641 in 1968.

“We are certainly pleased with the enrollment figures as it relates to the vitality of Northwestern,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “I am also excited about the possibility of producing additional college graduates who will have an impact on the economic growth of northwest Oklahoma.”

The larger enrollment numbers were helped by a 7.5 percent increase in the number of first-time freshmen. The number of newcomers jumped to 447 students, an increase of 31 from last year’s figure.

“Clearly, the quality of our academic and student life programs, coupled with affordability and our scholarship opportunities, make Northwestern a very attractive choice for high school graduates,” Cunningham said.

At Northwestern’s main campus in Alva, enrollment increased 6.6 percent to 1,568 students. In the past two years, enrollment in Alva has grown by 240 students.

The number of students living in campus housing surged 21 percent to 657.

Enrollment at Northwestern-Woodward totaled 299 students, an increase of 44 students from a year ago.

At Northwestern-Enid, enrollment dipped by 29 students to 346.

Enrollment at Northwestern’s outreach sites increased by four students to 137 and the number of high school students enrolled in concurrent courses increased by 18.

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