Spring enrollment mirrors fall

February 27, 2018

A drop in enrollment in the fall semester of 2017 carried over into the spring semester of 2018 at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.    

According to preliminary enrollment data gathered by Northwestern for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, headcount enrollment totaled 1,857 students, a decrease of 88 from a year ago.

A loss of nearly 100 international students last fall had its effects this spring.

“A number of colleges and universities in Oklahoma experienced smaller enrollments this spring,” Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, said. “The loss of international students and smaller enrollments this academic year is not unique to Northwestern.”

Cunningham said higher attendance for last fall’s Ranger Preview and this spring’s Transfer Showcase, bode well for reversing the enrollment decline.

At the main campus in Alva, 1,167 students are enrolled, compared with 1,207 a year ago.

Enrollment at Northwestern’s other locations decreased. Northwestern-Enid reported 254 students, a drop of 19, while Northwestern-Woodward saw a small decline of six students, bringing the number there to 252.

Northwestern’s outreach sites, including the University Center of Ponca City, also saw a slight enrollment decline enrolled for spring classes; however, online course offerings continue to grow in popularity.

A total of 112 high school students are enrolled in concurrent courses.


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