First-Time Freshmen Enrollment Up, Overall Headcount Dips

September 10, 2018

An increase in the number of first-time freshmen highlighted the fall 2018 preliminary enrollment report at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

The number of newcomers has risen 7.5 percent to 372 students, compared with last year’s number of 346.

Overall headcount enrollment for the semester is down 4.9 percent with 1,993 students enrolled, compared with 2,095 a year ago. Students are taking more credit hours as enrollment in that category is down by only 2.3 percent.

Concurrent enrollment of high school seniors and juniors contributed significantly to the enrollment decline, with less than 50 students taking advantage of the program.

“We are certainly pleased that more freshmen have made Northwestern their college choice,” Dr. Janet Cunningham, president of Northwestern, said. “We have identified some areas where enrollment has declined and will implement strategies to improve in those areas.”

Enrollment at the main campus in Alva held steady at 1,324 students, a decrease of 19 students.

Enrollment at Northwestern’s other locations declined, with the Enid site falling 23 students to a headcount of 201, and Woodward down 21 students to a total of 258. At outreach sites, including the University Center of Ponca City, enrollment fell 15 students to 135.

The University’s online offerings saw a small enrollment increase of four students.


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