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Freshman fall enrollment, student retention experiences growth at Purdue University Northwest

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More freshman students are enrolling at Purdue University Northwest while numbers of previously enrolled students choosing to continue their education at the college also are showing growth.

The university said in its 2018-19 fall enrollment, its first-time freshman population totaled 1,172 students, up 47 from last year. Additionally, retention of continuing PNW students increased to school record of 69.4 percent, representing an 8.6 percent jump in the past two years.

“Our fall enrollment this year demonstrates the progress we are making to show students and their families the tremendous quality and value available at Purdue Northwest,” said Chancellor Thomas L. Keon.

PNW says its fall enrollment numbers reflect the college’s move toward becoming a metropolitan university, which attracts a more diverse full-time student population across a broader geographic region.

“New domestic undergraduate student enrollment is up 4.6 percent compared to last year, and most of these new students are coming from the largest metropolitan area in the Midwest,” said Carmen Panlilio, PNW vice chancellor for enrollment management and student affairs. “Our proximity to the Chicagoland area, combined with the support and education we provide to our diverse PNW student body creates wonderful opportunities for our students and graduates.”

Among first-time undergraduate students, PNW has also seen a steady increase in the percentage of full-time versus part-time students. The entering class consists of 95.6 percent full-time students, the highest percentage in the past five years.

 Total enrollment at PNW is 10,473 students comprised of continuing students, transfers, those new to college, others enrolled in online academic partnership programs and high school concurrent/dual credit enrollees.


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