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Positive student experience reflected in spring enrollment

July 22, 2009, 1:44 am
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Last fall NNU recorded an all-time high in student enrollment.  Today, Northwest Nazarene University reports spring enrollment numbers showing significant retention rates for undergraduate students as well as steady growth in graduate and continuing education programs.

In response to the positive enrollment, President David Alexander said, “NNU is grateful for those students and families who partner with us in the educational process, their success is our success. In times when folks wonder about the present economy, we believe those who come to NNU will see their investment reap rewards throughout the years.”

The retention rate for fall-to-spring undergraduate students was 95 percent, which is a favorable national benchmark average for peer universities. Not only is this retention rate above the national average for similar universities, it reflects the commitment of the University to continually evaluate and improve the NNU experience for students. “The strong spring semester enrollment at Northwest Nazarene University reflects the strength of its faculty and academic programs. Students from around the world are increasingly attracted to the high quality student experience at NNU,” said Dr. Samuel Dunn, vice president of academic affairs.

“In addition to the solid retention and new students this spring, we have 11 students enrolled from Korea. We value the intercultural exchange program of these business students,” said Dr. Eric Forseth, vice president of enrollment services and marketing.

NNU continues to serve an increasing number of graduate students locally and online, offering programs in counseling, social work, business administration, education and pastoral ministry. Graduate programs available online include master’s programs in divinity, Christian education, spiritual formation, business administration and reading education.

Official figures for the spring 2009 semester are 1,273 undergraduates seeking degree credits, and 549 graduate students. Continuing education students showed a steady increase as well, with an unduplicated head count of 8,427 over 300 more than last spring, for a total spring semester student enrollment of 10,249.

For more information, please contact Hollie Lindner at marketing@nnu.edu or by calling (208) 467-8531.


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