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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 12, 2014

60 percent of Northwest summer students enrolled in online course

Northwest Missouri State University students taking at least one online course comprise 60 percent of the University’s total enrollment this summer, and students who are enrolled only in online courses makes up 38 percent of the University’s summer enrollment.

Online-only courses make up 31 percent of Northwest’s summer course offerings, while face-to-face courses total 65 percent. Three percent of courses offered by Northwest this summer are blended courses, meaning they combine online and face-to-face instruction.

The enrollment totals support Northwest’s ongoing initiative to strategically convert select courses to online instruction in response to student demand, which gives students more flexibility during the summer months.

“Like most colleges in the country, Northwest is seeing its students enroll in online courses as a way to enhance their course schedules,” Northwest Dean of Enrollment Management Bev Schenkel said. “Online courses provide them with the flexibility they need to pursue other interests, activities or work while not compromising their timeline to graduation. Online courses are tools that students use to enhance their traditional college experience because they allow students the flexibility to enjoy diverse experiences outside the classroom.”

Northwest’s total student headcount this summer is 2,798 students, which is up from 2,689 or 4.1 percent from last summer. The enrollment total consists of 2,053 undergraduate students and 745 graduate students. Graduate enrollment is up 39 percent or 209 students from 2013. Seniors represent the largest segment of Northwest’s student population this summer, with 960 enrolled.

Undergraduate students are enrolled in a total 12,352 credit hours. Overall, Northwest students are enrolled in a total of 17,083 credit hours this summer.

Sixty-four percent of the students enrolled in summer courses at Northwest are Missouri residents.  The percent of out-of-state students enrolled this summer is up 24 percent compared to 2013.

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