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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 15, 2010

Spring enrollment at Northwest up 6 percent

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State's spring enrollment for both undergraduate and graduate students is up 6 percent compared to last year, according to numbers released Thursday by the university's Office of Enrollment Management.

Northwest's total student headcount is 6,161 which is 347 more students than last spring's total. In addition to total headcount, the number of full-time equivalencies is 310, also a 6 percent increase from last year.

Full-time equivalencies is a ratio used to represent a theoretical student enrolled in courses totaling 15 undergraduate hours, or 12 hours for graduate students.

Northwest's enrollment records show 5,295 undergraduate students are enrolled at Northwest this spring, up 293 from last year. The full-time equivalency is 4,909, up 5.6 percent from last spring.

There are 866 graduate students enrolled, an increase of 54 from last spring. The full-time equivalency for those students is 448, up 11 percent from last spring.

"We are pleased to see healthy enrollments for the spring trimester," said Bev Schenkel, dean of enrollment management. "This growth is a testament that students see the value of pursuing a Northwest education and that there is a great amount of awareness of Northwest's stellar academic programs, excellent student success rates and exceptional student satisfaction rates."

For the spring trimester, Northwest has a first-time transfer headcount of 127 students. That is an increase of 10 students from last spring and it's just short of the university's all-time high of 130 in spring 2000.

The university also has maintained an in-state ratio of 72 percent for the spring.

Also, 273 international students are enrolled, up 70 students from last spring in undergraduate and graduate levels. The top three countries from which students have enrolled are India, China and Korea.

In relation to the university's Rational Expectations Enrollment Plan, Northwest exceeded its goals for undergraduate headcount by 1 percent and full-time equivalency goal by 3 percent. Schenkel reported that graduate totals, however, under the university's REEP are off by 83 students, while the university exceeded its full-time equivalency goal by 15 percent.

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.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468