FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        September 10, 2008 


            Enrollment for the fall semester at Northwestern Oklahoma State University has risen for the second straight year, according to figures released in a preliminary report by the school.

            In the report to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Northwestern reported total headcount enrollment of 2,097 students, an increase of 2.2 percent from last year’s figure of 2,052. Since 2006, overall headcount enrollment has grown by more than 4 percent.

            “The continued growth in enrollment and in the number of credit hours generated is good news for Northwestern and supports our work in developing and implementing a well-crafted enrollment management plan,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “I believe our increase in enrollment also can be attributed to the quality of our programs, our affordability and to the physical improvements that are being made on our campuses.”

            A total of 323 first-time freshmen are attending Northwestern.

            Enrollment at the main campus in Alva increased slightly to 1,328 students, topping last year’s figure of 1,320. Credit hours generated increased by 1.7 percent to 16,685 hours.

            Northwestern-Woodward also reported a larger enrollment with 228 students attending classes, an increase of 9.1 percent from last year’s total of 209. Credit hours generated at the campus increased by nearly 20 percent.

            Enrollment at Northwestern-Enid decreased slightly to 367 students. Last fall, 383 students were enrolled in classes at the campus.

            At Northwestern’s outreach sites, 154 students are enrolled in classes. Another 58 high school juniors and seniors from around the area are enrolled in concurrent classes.

            The sum of Northwestern’s campus enrollments is slightly larger than the total headcount because some students enroll in classes at multiple sites.

            Cunningham said enrollment at many regional universities was lower this year, which made the increase at Northwestern more noteworthy.

“Oklahoma continues to enjoy a strong overall economy, so many people choose to work full-time and not pursue a college education at this time,” Cunningham said.

“When you combine the strong economy with the declining population in western Oklahoma, you have to feel good about our enrollment numbers.”



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