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September 10, 2013

Education, United Fund highlight chamber event



Cunningham said the new school year is off to a good start at Northwestern, including increased enrollment.

"Last year combined from all campuses we had 2,299 students which was the 6th largest enrollment ever in Northwestern's history," she said.  "I believe we're going to top that this year."

While the current enrollment report with specific numbers won't be issued until later this week, Cunningham said "all campuses are reporting good enrollment and I believe Woodward's is up a bit from last year."

At the main campus in Alva, she said that in addition to having more students on campus for classes, they are seeing "more students choose campus living."  She said that is because Alva is experiencing some of the same housing issues as Woodward has been due to the continued high activity in the oil and gas industry.

It also is because Northwestern remains at the top for having low-cost housing.

"The US News and World Report lists Northwestern as having some of the most affordable student housing in the United States," Cunningham said.

And it's not just on campus that NWOSU is seeing higher numbers.  It's also online.

"We've seen a good increase in online programs," Cunningham said.

The university's online offerings have been expanded as well, she said, noting that Northwestern is the "first public university to offer bachelor's degrees in business, accounting, and technical management in an online format."

The school also now offers an online program that allows Licensed Practical Nurses to earn their Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in just one year, she said.

Other recent highlights for the school have included:

• "being named a military-friendly school" and currently serving 120 VA students;

• having low student debt rates with "only 36 percent of undergraduate students at Northwestern who utilize student loans" and "53 percent who graduate without any debt;"

• having Woodward-native Delta Farmer be the 4th NWOSU student named as a Brad Henry International Scholar and be selected to go study at Swansea University in Wales;

• having Woodward graduate Haylee Bates selected as a member of the 2013 Class of the President's Leadership Council;

• an 8-day performance tour of China this past Spring by the NWOSU University Singers choir; and

• completion of the first year requirements in the university's ongoing process to seek membership in NCAA Division II with the goal "to become a full active member in 2015."

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