Dr. Alexander reported enrollment numbers that indicate growth in new student enrollment and growth in graduate programs. “Enrolling a second semester of 1,976 students is positive for our university, and we are pleased to welcome these students. We recognize they are merging their path with our path; converging these two will shape them and us. This transformation of the whole person is the mission of NNU.”
Overall, the University continues to serve more students. The registrar reports 1,248 undergraduate and 728 graduate students registered for a total spring enrollment of 1,976, an increase of 16 students from spring 2012.
This spring semester, NNU welcomed 35 new traditional undergraduate students—a 57 percent increase from last year. The spring-to-fall retention rate of undergraduate students remained strong at 96.05 percent.
The growth in graduate and doctoral students, an increase of 48 students, is attributed to several factors including the elimination of prerequisites prior to entering the MBA program. For example, when students do not have a business administration undergraduate degree from an accredited program, they begin by taking three foundational courses online, which cover 12 different business areas and give the student a solid business foundation that their remaining courses build upon. Areas of emphasis are available in global business, finance, health care and operations. Students earn an emphasis by completing three additional online courses.
In response to the report, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing Stacey Berggren said, “The quality of education NNU provides is unmatched in Idaho. Our professors take great pride in their work, which focuses on the academic and spiritual development of every student.”