Enrollment in Northern Arizona University’s 2006 Winter Session was up for the fifth consecutive year.

Winter Session enrollment increased 2.8 percent, from 687 in 2005 to 706 in 2006. Overall enrollment has grown more than 50 percent since the program started in 2002.

“The continuing growth in enrollment indicates that we are meeting an important student need.” saidFred Hurst, vice president for Extended Programs and dean of Distance Learning. “And the university community has responded to that need by expanding course offerings and streamlining processes to help achieve this success.”

Winter Session is the four-week period between the end of the fall term and the beginning of the spring terms, during which time students can enroll in courses that are specifically chosen for the accelerated format.

The number of undergraduate students taking Winter Session courses grew from 565 last year to 598, a 5.8 percent increase. Enrollment of freshman students increased from 18 to 48, a 166.7 percent increase.

Enrollment of Native American students increased from 28 in 2005 to 35, a 25 percent increase.

Of the 44 courses offered this winter, four were in-person courses, one was interactive television and the remainder were online.