Northwestern College sets enrollment records for second straight year

For the second consecutive year, Northwestern College has set enrollment records. This fall’s enrollment is 1,546, up more than 9% from last year’s record of 1,412. The school’s previous record had been 1,342, set in 2006.

This year’s figures include the largest ever number of graduate students—461, up from 351 last year. That includes a cohort of 24 students in Northwestern’s new master’s program in physician assistant studies as well as new records in the Master of Education program.

“To achieve record-breaking enrollment during a pandemic is immensely gratifying,” says Tamara Fynaardt, Northwestern’s vice president for enrollment and marketing. “We’re finding that due to their COVID-impacted education experiences last spring, undergraduates are more eager than ever for the highly personal, standout classroom and campus life experience Northwestern offers. And our graduate programs continue to exceed expectations, with programs like our master’s in physician assistant studies attracting more than 400 applications for next year’s spots.”