Northern Arizona University’s enrollment for this semester is the highest spring enrollment ever.

The university recorded a total spring 2008 enrollment of 20,224 students in Flagstaff and at sites throughout Arizona, almost 6 percent higher than the spring 2007 total of 19,095.

“The spring enrollment numbers continue to reflect Northern Arizona University’s momentum,” said NAU President John Haeger. “The hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff continue to draw students to our institution.”

NAU’s total spring 2008 enrollment on the Flagstaff campus is 12,859, with online enrollment at 2,339 and statewide enrollment at 4,418. The spring 2007 enrollment on the Flagstaff campus was 12,340, with online at 1,766, and statewide enrollment at 4,342.

Spring enrollment continues the upward trend of the university’s fall 2007 enrollment when it broke its own growth record by achieving a student population of 21,352, an increase of 790 students from the previous year. Student population normally declines from fall to spring semester.

“The quality of our academic programs and the focus on undergraduates are highly valued by students and have contributed to this semester’s enrollment growth,” said David Bousquet, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

Enrollment was up over last spring in all student categories, including international students, and most ethnicities, including white, Latino, Asian-American and African-American students. Native American student numbers dropped slightly by 1.5 percent.

NAU recorded a 7.9 percent increase in full-time undergraduate students with 14,513 compared to 13,453 last spring. The number of graduate students is up 1.2 percent at 5,711 compared to 5,642 last spring.

View the complete enrollment report on the Planning, Budget and Institutional Effectiveness web site.