Feb. 18, 2011
Spring enrollment at Northwest is second highest in history
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University recorded the second largest spring enrollment in its history, second only to last spring's headcount, according to numbers released by the University's Office of Enrollment Management.
Northwest's total headcount this spring is 6,265 students, which is 12 percent higher than the University's 5-year average of 5,599 and down slightly from the its record spring 2010 enrollment of 6,348.
"Enrollment at Northwest continues to be strong this spring, especially among students who are working towards completing a degree in a specific field" said Beverly Schenkel, Northwest's dean of enrollment management. "The academic offerings at Northwest and the convenience of our online coursework continues to be in strong demand by students in our region."
This spring, Northwest enrolled 5,393 undergraduate students and 872 graduate students. Total full-time equivalencies are 5,306 and total credit hours are 78,240.
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.
Schenkel noted the University is experiencing growth in several new student segments, which include first-time freshmen, returning undergraduates and high school dual enrollment students. Dual enrollment headcount is up by 38 students, which is the highest enrollment Northwest has recorded during the spring for that segment.
Enrollment of out-of-state students also grew. Northwest enrolled 1,778 out-of-state students this spring, representing a 2.4 percent increase compared to last spring.
Minority enrollment also increased, Schenkel said. Northwest enrolled 650 domestic minorities, which represents 10 percent of the student body, and 251 international students. Northwest's total minority enrollment represents 14 percent of the student body.
Graduate programs have maintained a steady enrollment of students enrolled in degree- seeking programs, with a total of 771 students this spring. However, Northwest recorded a decline in the number of non-degree seeking graduate students, which Schenkel attributed to frozen salary ladders in public schools. She also cited changes to requirements for people who are in education fields and wanting to continue their education as having a negative impact on the number of non-degree seeking students who take courses for additional certification or professional development.
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