greater percentage of NMU freshmen are returning to campus for their
second year of college, according to Paul Duby
(Institutional Research). Nearly 73 percent of first time, full-time,
baccalaureate-bound freshmen who enrolled in the fall of 2003 returned
to NMU for the fall 2004 semester. This is a one percent increase
over the previous year's comparison. It is also virtually equal
to the all-time high in 1995, which is an especially notable achievement,
given the fact that NMU now has twice as many freshmen.
attributes the increase to the following factors: the success of
the First Year Experience program, in which almost half of NMU freshmen
are enrolled; Northern's array of student support programs, such
as the college transition and freshmen probation programs, all-campus
tutoring and the writing center; and stronger academic credentials
of NMU freshmen.
credentials of our freshmen have been increasing because of scholarships
and recruitment,” Duby said. “Our goal is to recruit more first-time,
full-time freshmen and keep them.”
has been investing more into scholarships such as the National Academic
Award to recruit high school students.
reputation is also increasing and if your reputation is stronger,
you get better students,” Duby said.
also said that the number of students from Northern Illinois and
Wisconsin has increased.
are a lot of good things going for the university and the increasing
numbers show that,” Duby said.