On the first day of classes, Northern Arizona University is recording its highest total enrollment for the fall semester and the largest freshman class in school history.

NAU’s overall student population is 30,000, which includes Flagstaff, community campuses across the state and online students. The university welcomed 5,500 first-time freshmen this fall, an increase of nearly 11 percent.

“I am delighted by the number and quality of students who continue to choose NAU in Flagstaff and throughout the state,” said NAU President Rita Cheng. “Our new and continuing students are proof that the NAU reputation of student success and a high-quality, personal learning experience is growing.”

NAU will release the official 21-day count enrollment numbers in September.