Northwestern reports spring semester enrollment increase

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Northwestern reports spring semester enrollment increase

February 10, 2010

Enrollment for the spring semester at Northwestern Oklahoma State University rose nearly 6 percent from a year ago, according to figures in a preliminary enrollment report presented to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Total enrollment for the current spring semester is 2,069 students, an increase of 120 or 5.8 percent from the 2009 term.

Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, said the school’s efforts to carry over most of the fall semester’s near-record enrollment to the spring paid dividends.

“Our faculty and staff worked diligently to make sure we retained as many current students as possible, and our recruitment staff did another excellent job of enrolling a significant number of first-time students,” Cunningham said. “The combination of affordability and quality programs continue to make Northwestern a first-choice university for a growing number of students.”

In addition to the rise in headcount enrollment, Cunningham said university officials were very pleased to see a 9.7 percent increase in credit hour enrollment.

“The revenue generated by this increase in credit hours is critical to Northwestern because it allows us to help offset cuts in state funding,” Cunningham said. “It is not a solution to the problem, but it does help us protect core services required by students.”

The main campus in Alva reported 1,335 students enrolled in spring classes, an increase of 100 or 8.1 percent from a year ago.

Enrollment at Northwestern-Woodward jumped 17.8 percent with 245 students attending classes at that campus.

Northwestern-Enid reported similar enrollment to last year with 364 students, a decrease of less than 2 percent.

Enrollment at Northwestern’s outreach sites, including the University Center of Ponca City, totaled 139 students, an increase of 6.1 percent from 2009. The number of high school students enrolled in concurrent classes is 69, an increase of 13.1 percent.

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.