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has increased 3.6 percent and credit-hour production is up 3.1 percent
from a year ago, according to 10th-day figures released by Institutional
Research. Northern’s preliminary headcount is 9,379, compared with
9,055 in 2004.
on the 10th-day comparisons with last year, I do anticipate that
we will at least reach the Enrollment Management Network (EMN) target
figure of 9,607 for Fall 2005, said Paul Duby (Institutional
Research). "This figure will surpass our previous high enrollment
figure of 9,376 set in Fall 1980. ... The
graduate numbers are very strong this year, thanks to an energetic
dean and an effort to market the programs more effectively. It’s
making a difference. The graduate student enrollment has increased
13.3 percent and we’re expecting more than 800 graduate students
by the end of the semester.”
freshman class is larger than projected, but below the targeted
goal set by the EMN. The academic credentials of baccalaureate first-time,
full-time freshmen continue to increase incrementally.
sophomore class is up more than 6 percent,” Duby added. “I believe
that’s due to increased retention from last year’s record-high freshman
cohort. We typically retain 73 percent. I’m hoping that has gone
up to the 75 percent range, but the retention figures haven’t come
said Northern is holding its own in attracting Michigan students,
despite intense competition. The numbers from the regional recruiting
markets of Illinois and Wisconsin have decreased this fall after
several years of steady growth, but there has been an increase in
students hailing from other U.S. states.
also has a slightly more diverse student population this year, thanks
mainly to a noticeable increase in Native American students.”
Duby said Northern's student
population is 54 percent female.