Record Fall Enrollment Possible


Northern’s 10th-day enrollment figures show all-time highs for new freshmen and suggest NMU might break the final fall enrollment record set in 1980. Based on course registrations two weeks into the semester, Northern’s enrollment was 9,221 – an increase of 97 over last year’s figure of 9,124. Credit hours also increased by 1.8 percent.


Paul Duby (Institutional Research) said he is projecting a final fall count of 9,425. This would break the previous record of 9,376 set in 1980.


Duby said the most positive gains this year relate to incoming freshmen. They set all-time records in applications, admissions and orientation attendance. Preliminary figures also show all-time highs in total freshmen and first-time, full-time students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs.


“The large number of new baccalaureate freshmen and their higher academic credentials really bode well for retention and future graduation rates,” Duby said. “It will have a positive impact on long-term enrollment because those students are going to be here for four to five years.”


Duby said the freshman statistics are particularly impressive, given declining high school graduation rates in Northern’s primary market area.


“It is a testament to the university’s growing reputation and the hard work of the marketing and admissions staffs,” he added.



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