Total enrollment holds steady at Northwestern

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Total enrollment holds steady at Northwestern

September 15, 2015

Total student enrollment for the 2015 fall semester at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is similar to last year’s number, according to information contained in a preliminary enrollment report provided to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Enrollment for the fall semester totaled 2,135 students, a decrease of 36 students from a year ago. This marks the seventh consecutive fall semester that enrollment has eclipsed the 2,100 mark.

At the main campus in Alva, enrollment dipped slightly with 1,378 students taking classes this fall, compared to 1,444 last fall.

Enrollment also dropped slightly at Northwestern-Woodward. Enrollment there stood at 245 students, a decrease of only 13. Northwestern’s Enid campus enrolled 214 students compared with 265 a year ago.

At Northwestern’s outreach sites, including the University Center at Ponca City, enrollment enjoyed a 13.1 percent increase with 199 students enrolled. Concurrent enrollment, which involves high school students enrolled in college courses, also experienced a significant increase.

“While overall enrollment continues to remain strong, we continue to explore and implement initiatives to increase enrollment, retention and degree completion,” Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, said.

Northwestern’s Ranger Preview, which brings prospective high school seniors to the Alva campus, is Nov. 14. Each registered participant will be awarded a $600 scholarship to attend Northwestern in Alva.