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Oct. 12, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University's Office of Enrollment Management has released record-breaking enrollment figures for the fall 2010 trimester.
Northwest's total student headcount is 7,142, which is 66 more students than last year's fall enrollment. The figure represents a 1 percent increase over last year in total headcount and a 1 percent increase in full-time equivalencies, a ratio used to represent a theoretical student enrolled in courses totaling 12 credit hours. In addition, 6,193 undergraduates are enrolled at Northwest, which represents a 2.3 percent increase, or 142 students, from last year.
Bev Schenkel, dean of enrollment management, said the fall 2010 trimester marks the third consecutive year the University has reached a hallmark in that total headcount and undergraduate enrollment is at its highest level ever.
"We are delighted to welcome record numbers of students to Northwest this fall," Schenkel said. "The fact that enrollment continues to grow is a testament that students value the quality of education, the breadth of experiences and the diverse opportunities available to them at Northwest."
While the fall enrollment numbers show continued growth, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski noted several combined factors that make the University an attractive place for students to work toward a college degree.
Northwest freshmen have a success rate of 72 percent, compared to the state average of 65 percent for other moderately selective institutions in the state. Freshman success rate is defined by the state as being the completion of 24 credit hours with a 2.00 GPA or higher in the first academic year of a student's enrollment.
Additionally, Northwest's graduate rate is 58 percent while the national average for similar institutions is 45 percent.
"Not only have we set record enrollment numbers, but our success rates are significantly better than other regional institutions," Jasinski said. "In our most recent employment survey, 95 percent of respondents report finding employment or continuing their education within six months of graduating. In addition to being extremely safe, our campus - as the Missouri State Arboretum - is one of the most beautiful around. All of these factors help to attract new students, keep them coming back and enable them to be successful."
This fall, Northwest enrolled 1,386 freshmen, which is a slight decrease from last year's record freshman enrollment due to an intentional move by the University to limit the size of the freshman class, Schenkel said. She also noted this fall's freshman class is stronger academically with an average ACT score of 22.4 compared to the national average of 21. In addition, 77 percent of the freshmen enrolled at Northwest ranked in the top 50 percent of their high school graduating class, up 2 percent from last year.
Graduate School enrollment is 949 students with full-time equivalencies of 489, which exceeded the University's enrollment goals for this segment.
"This year's graduate students are enrolling in more credit hours compared to previous year's classes," Schenkel said. "This is a result of the economy in that more students are enrolling full-time in our graduate programs."
Northwest's fall enrollment also represents the most diverse student body in Northwest's history with 949 students, or 13.3 percent, being either a minority or an international student. Northwest's total minority enrollment is 697 students, which represents 9.8 percent of the student body and a 2 percent increase over last year. Total international enrollment is 252 students, or 3.5 percent of Northwest's total enrollment, with the majority of those students coming from India, China, Korea and Japan.
Northwest also saw a 3 percent increase in out-of-state enrollment compared to last year with 1,911 students. Seventy-three percent, or 5,231 students at Northwest, are Missouri residents.
Now in the fourth 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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