Spring enrollment continues upward trend

Northern Arizona University’s spring enrollment continues its steady climb, setting a new record in spring enrollment with a 4.4 percent increase over last year.

NAU’s total student population grew to 23,409 students this semester from 22,421 in the spring of 2010.

Students walking by the UnionThe Flagstaff campus reached 16,116 students enrolled this spring, compared to 14,982 last spring. Online enrollment grew steadily from 2,609 students last spring to 3,751 this year.Last fall, NAU reached an all-time high enrollment of 25,204 students university-wide, with a record 17,529 students attending the Flagstaff campus. Spring enrollments typically are less than fall enrollments.

There also were increases in student population diversity, most notably in Latino and international students.

Undergraduate enrollment increased by more than 8 percent, with 18,690 students versus 17,291 in spring 2010. Several colleges also saw significant increases, including the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (333 over last spring) and the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences (546 over last spring).

Following a national trend, graduate enrollment dipped for the third consecutive year, down to 4,719 students from 5,130 in 2010.

“In a tough economy, people recognize the value of earning a degree and what it means to their long-term earning potential,” said NAU President John Haeger. “As NAU continues to work toward the goal of increasing the number of baccalaureate degrees in Arizona by 2020, we will continue to broaden the paths for residents who seek to earn a degree.”

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