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NNU celebrates 11 percent enrollment increase in freshman class

September 30, 2014

President David Alexander announced this year’s enrollment of 2,058 students is the second highest in university history made possible in part by a large freshman class.

“As we enter our 101st year of service to the Northwest, we are delighted to be joined by such a large and well-prepared class. I met many of these young men and women at last weekend’s Freshman Retreat, and I was so pleased to hear stories of their hopes and aspirations. The transformative nature of the NNU experience is ideal for aspiring difference-makers like these,” stated President Alexander.

Overall, numbers for 2014 indicate total enrollment of 1,332 undergraduate and 726 graduate and doctoral students for a total enrollment of 2,058 compared with 2,036 students last fall. Particularly notable is an 11 percent growth in the first-time freshman class. The registrar reports 288 first-time freshmen registered compared to 258 fall 2013.

The top majors chosen by this year’s class of incoming freshmen include biology and pre-health, nursing, elementary and secondary education, business, engineering and communications, respectively.

As one of NNU’s largest undergraduate areas of study, it is clear NNU’s science and pre-health programs are thriving and attracting strong students seeking a well-rounded education. Freshman Isaac Mitchell, Sandy, Ore., shares, “NNU will provide me with the degree and the knowledge to be successful in medical school. Most importantly, NNU will provide an environment in which I can easily seek out influences that will help me grow and mature in my faith.”

NNU also announces an increased number of students living on campus. “This year’s enrollment reflects a slowly recovering Idaho economy. For three consecutive years, NNU has held on-campus housing expense while only modestly increasing tuition, working to keep a high-caliber Christian education attainable. This initiative continues to increase the number of students living on campus,” stated Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing Stacey Berggren.

In May, for the first time in its 100-year history, NNU graduated more graduate students than undergraduate students. Included in this fall’s new students is the inaugural cohort of NNU’s first Doctor of Philosophy program. The Ph.D. in educational leadership welcomes eight students who are embarking on the 20-month journey to attain the highest terminal degree.

President Alexander concluded, “It is our privilege to provide a dynamic Christian community committed to forming scholars, and we are delighted with the number and variety of students that have joined us this year.”

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