NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has a spring enrollment of 10,155, which is the largest for a spring semester in the university’s 135-year history. The previous record of 9,931was set last spring.
The registration count increased by 224 students or 2.2 percent over last spring.
“The record spring enrollment is a reflection of the outstanding work done by our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the university in moving Northwestern forward,” said Northwestern State President Dr. Chris Maggio. “Larger numbers of students are selecting to attend Northwestern because of its strong academics, the excellent student life experience and the effort that goes into preparing our students for the workforce of tomorrow.”
The university has enhanced student life by opening the Campus Marketplace, which includes the campus bookstore and Chick-fil-A restaurant which began operations last week.
Major capital improvements have been made including a new parking lot at Watson Library, overlay of Caspari Street and upgrades in several classroom buildings. An outdoor stage at Iberville Green will be completed soon.
Students and faculty continued to bring national and international acclaim to the university through their accomplishments. In academics, students had a 100 percent passage rate on the NCLEX exam. The first cohort of BSN students completed their clinical studies on the Natchitoches campus. In the School of Business the first inaugural Inferno Pitch competition took place. NSU recorded the highest student-athlete graduation rate in school history. The university was among the recipients of a highly-competitive Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership grant.
The university maintained its ranking as a Military Friendly institution for the ninth time.