International students, diversity increase with official fall enrollment count

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International students and study abroad participants gather at a convocation ceremony to celebrate completing their degrees.

Northern Arizona University’s official 21-day enrollment numbers are in for the fall, confirming an eighth straight year of record-breaking growth.

Enrollment at the Flagstaff campus reached 19,320, up from 18,341 last fall. First-time, full-time freshmen increased from 4,197 to 4,772, and transfer students are up from 2,369 to 2,482.

The overall student population statewide is 26,606, more than 600 students above last fall.

NAU’s efforts to foster a global environment has led to the enrollment of 1,080 from 60 countries this fall, up from 989 last year. NAU’s international student population has doubled in the last five years, directly related to President John Haeger‘s strategic goal to provide students with international perspectives and prepare them to compete for jobs in an evolving workplace.

Mandy Hansen, director of NAU’s Center for International Education, credits the growth to a strategic approach in admissions and enrollment management.

“We are pleased to meet the president’s goal of having an international student population more than 1,000 students,” Hansen said. “It is exciting to see the diversity that students bring to NAU and Flagstaff as well as their contributions to the community.”

NAU reported a seven percent increase in Latino students with 4,899 enrolled this fall, up from 4,575 in 2012.

Additional fall enrollment data is available online.