Enrollment in Northern Arizona University’s 2005 Winter Session was up for the fourth consecutive year.

Winter Session enrollment increased 9 percent, from 624 in 2004 to 682 in 2005. Enrollment has surged 48 percent since the program started in 2002. 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.

“I think the figures demonstrate that increasing numbers of students find Winter Session classes useful,” said Fred Hurst, NAU’s vice president for Distance Learning. “The continuing growth in enrollment indicates that NAU is serving an important student need.”

The number of undergraduate students taking Winter Session courses grew from 464 last year to 565, a 22 percent increase. Enrollment of Hispanic American students increased from 79 to 101, a 28 percent increase.

Enrollment of nonresident students increased from 98 in 2004 to 133, a 36 percent increase, and the number of Arizona residents enrolled in the 2005 Winter Session went from 526 last year to 549, a 4 percent increase.

Of the 44 courses offered this winter, three were in-person courses and the remainder were online.