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Flourishing first-year class pushes NAU enrollment past 26,000

A dramatic increase of first-time, full-time freshmen has pushed enrollment at Northern Arizona University to 26,002 for the fall 2012 semester, according to the official 21-day count released Tuesday.

The 28.9 percent increase in that category contributes to a record new freshman class of 4,254. In all, NAU’s enrollment is 2.5 percent higher than one year ago. Enrollment at the Flagstaff Campus stands at 18,292.

“The university has made a strong commitment to first-year learning, so it’s rewarding to see students validating our approach by choosing to come here,” said
NAU President John Haeger. “We are working harder than ever to ensure that they complete their degrees on time and in line with their career goals.”

NAU also expanded its enrollment in new ways. This year saw the first class of students in the new downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus, which offers degrees in physical therapy and physician assistant. The initial classes, totaling 49 students, are expected to increase next year in these high-demand fields. 

Enrollment for online students increased 14.2 percent to 3,759. Hispanics registered a 10.5 percent gain, and international students increased by 8.6 percent to 989.

By percentage, the College of Health and Human Services increased the most, up 18.7 percent from fall 2011. In sheer numbers, the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences remains the university’s largest, with 5,788 students enrolled.

“These numbers demonstrate that NAU is educating students in areas that are important to Arizona,” Haeger said.

With the addition more than 400 new residence hall rooms—with room for 1,126 people—NAU houses nearly 8,400 students on the Flagstaff campus.

Complete details about NAU’s enrollment are available online.


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