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Oct. 9, 2009
Northwest's Office of Enrollment Management has released record-breaking enrollment figures for the fall 2009 trimester.
Northwest's total student headcount is 7,076, which is 173 more students than at this time last year. This figure represents a 3 percent increase over last year in total headcount and a 3 percent increase in full-time equivalencies, a ratio used to represent a theoretical student enrolled in courses totaling 12 credit hours. In addition, 6,051 undergraduates are enrolled at Northwest, which represents a 4.7 percent increase, or 269 students, over last year.
Bev Schenkel, dean of enrollment management, said the fall '09 census is a hallmark for the University in that total headcount and undergraduate enrollment is at its highest level ever.
Schenkel said the first-time freshman tally of 1,466 is up 35 students from last year. This is a record number of freshmen for the University, with most of the growth coming from Missouri, Kansas and Illinois.
Northwest officials also are pleased with the retention rate of students who were freshmen in fall 2008. The University retained 73 percent of these students, well above the national average of 70 percent for moderately selective institutions.
"Our high freshman retention rate indicates student satisfaction as well as student success are priorities at Northwest," Schenkel said. "It's important that our students achieve these high levels of success as the University is going through a time of growth."
Graduate School enrollment is 1,025 students, and Graduate School full-time equivalency is 498.
The number of international students at Northwest is also at an all-time high with 270 international students enrolled at the University, which is an increase of 20 students over fall 2008. A total of 107 students from other nations are beginning their first year of study at Northwest. Countries with the greatest number of students attending the University include India, China and Korea. Furthermore, Northwest's diversity rate is 13.8 percent, which includes 9.7 percent domestic minorities and 3.8 international students. Seventy-four percent of the University's students are Missouri residents.
Schenkel also reported an increase of 13 first-time transfer students over last year for a total of 309, and high school dual enrollment is up 36 students from last year for a total of 275 students.
Now in the third year of a five-year growth plan, Northwest remains on target to meet its goal of increasing enrollment by 20 percent over a five-year time frame that concludes with the 2011-2012 academic year.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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