Northwest sets record retention rate, enrollment up 5 percent

Northwest Missouri State University is beginning its 2018-19 academic year this week with record retention and a student headcount that is up about 5 percent from last fall and includes one of its largest-ever freshman classes.

Posted: Aug 27, 2018 1:46 PM

(MARYVILLE, Mo.)– Northwest Missouri State University is beginning its 2018-19 academic year this week with record retention and a student headcount that is up about 5 percent from last fall and includes one of its largest-ever freshman classes.

Northwest entered its first day of classes Monday with a total headcount of 6,786 students while 78.66 percent of its 2017 freshman class returned to the University for a second year, which breaks the University’s 2007 record of 73.51 percent. Northwest’s freshman headcount is 1,351, an 11 percent increase from last fall.

“Northwest provides incredible value, and we focus on access as well as quality in delivering improved enrollment numbers, while focusing on retention, graduation and placement,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “Our record-setting retention rate, peer-leading graduation rate and state-leading placement rate, are but a few indicators to illustrate how we enact our mission of focusing on student success – every student, every day, and in delivering profession-based learning. We provide thanks and congratulations to so many involved in such performance as our cross-functional teams and employees from throughout the University step up and bring it every day.”

While all enrollment numbers are preliminary until the University’s official census occurs Monday, Sept. 24, Northwest attributes the growth to a refined strategic approach that includes the establishment of a cross-disciplinary recruiting team, enhanced communication with prospective students, and partnerships with marketing and online education vendors to provide services and support aimed at increasing enrollment.

Other projected enrollment increases by the University include online enrollment (up 129 percent), transfer students (up 22 percent) and first-time graduate students (up 19 percent). Additionally, Northwest is reporting an enrollment of 224 underrepresented domestic first-time students, the second-largest total in the University’s history and a 17 percent increase from last fall.

Northwest’s freshman class includes 67 percent of students from within the state, while 13 percent come from Nebraska and 12 percent are from Iowa; the class represents 21 states and 11 countries. Nearly 17 percent of the freshman class comprises underrepresented populations, of which almost 2 percent are international students.

Northwest’s first-time freshman also are academically strong, entering this fall with an average ACT score of 22, which exceeds state and national averages, and an average high school grade-point average of 3.43.

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