Contact: Melanie Magara, NIU Office of Public Affairs
September 19, 2006
New freshman class largest in ten years
DeKalb — NIU’s latest enrollment figures show no letup in increased demand for the NIU experience: Overall enrollment at the official “tenth day” count earlier this month totaled 25,313 – an increase of more than 100 students over the same time last year. Perhaps more telling, say NIU officials, is an increase in applications from first-time college students that brought Northern its largest freshman class in more than a decade.
“Once again this year, NIU stands out as the university of choice for a significant number of talented students from every background,” said NIU President John Peters. “The word is out about Northern, and it’s clearly a positive message that these students and their families are hearing.”
Among highlights of this year’s enrollment report are the following:
According to Brent Gage, assistant vice provost for enrollment services, an increase in the number of returning students provides another positive indicator about the quality of the NIU experience.
“We’re up by about 300 in the number of students who return to NIU after their sophomore and junior years,” Gage said. “That’s a testament to the value our students place on an NIU degree.”
“When we talk about the ‘purposeful building of a new class,’ we mean that NIU takes a thoughtful approach to student recruitment that includes commitment to mission and responsible stewardship of our resources,” Gage added. “This year’s class exemplifies the desire to have our student body mirror today’s northern Illinois marketplace.”
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NIU Tenth Day Enrollment Count (Fall 2006)
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