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NNU surpasses 2,000 mark—largest enrollment in University's history

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Northwest Nazarene University is pleased to report fall enrollment numbers that exceed projections as well as 2008's record-setting numbers by four percent. Enrolling 2,020 students for the first time in NNU history indicates more than growth, it signifies continued solid financial health of the Northwest's premier Christian university. Overall, 2010 numbers indicate a substantial 12 percent growth in graduate students and a small increase in undergraduate students from 2009 fall enrollment. The registrar reports 1,322 undergraduate and 698 graduate students registered for a total enrollment of 2,020 compared with 1,934 students last fall. 

In response to the positive report, President David Alexander stated, "Exceeding the 2,000 student threshold marks a great day for NNU." He added, "The investment by NNU faculty in each student's life, both graduate and undergraduate, put feet to our commitment to instill habits of heart, soul, mind and strength in each student to become redemptive agents in the world. This transformative learning community ignites intellectual discovery in Her students." 

"The campus welcomed 144 new undergraduate transfer and adult students," said Stacey Berggren, vice president for enrollment and marketing. "The convenience of transferring to NNU and the diversity of our adult-degree programs is represented here." Berggren added, "The youngest among us is 17, the oldest is 76. Increased diversity among the degree programs available to adult professionals is also telling of our commitment to provide a quality educational opportunity to students of all ages." 

A team effort positively affects enrollment. "The addition of the Education Specialist post-graduate program now in its second-year, and strong overall enrollment was made possible by extraordinary teamwork of the campus community." President Alexander added, "I celebrate their accomplishments and the genuine care and concern they show our students each and every day."

Growing online master's programs include nursing, Christian education, spiritual formation, divinity, business administration and reading. NNU's established master programs in counseling, social work, business administration, education and pastoral ministry continue to enroll a solid number of students. The increase in graduate enrollment represents students who value a quality education as well as character and spiritual development. "We understand that in today's economy, quality educational preparation is a value-added benefit in the workplace, and employers seek distinguished NNU graduates," said Berggren. 

Areas of study that have notable growth in student enrollment this year include nursing, biology: pre-med, physical therapy, computer science, engineering physics, business administration and Christian ministries. Other areas of high interest include kinesiology/recreation sports management, art and design, elementary and secondary education, communications, psychology and social work.

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


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