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Northwest Nazarene University sees record enrollment numbers

Posted at 1:55 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 10:23:23-05

NAMPA, Idaho — Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) announced enrollment numbers for the spring semester is the highest the university has seen in the last several years.

A news release says the total undergraduate enrollment is 1,223 students and 689 graduate students, totaling 1,912 students. NNU also saw increased enrollment numbers in the fall 2020 semester.

"To experience growth during a pandemic is rare among universities,” said Mark Cork, Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “With all that is going on in our world, these excellent numbers are an affirmation of the continued excellence in education that NNU provides and a reflection of our Community First commitment and the hard work of every member of our NNU Community. Being Here for Good continues to be a promise worth keeping.”

Classes at NNU have been face-to-face since August 31, 2020, with the exception of a week-long "stay-in-place" directive in early November. NNU has been testing people on campus using an asymptomatic saliva screening, which was implemented in early September as part of their COVID-19 health protocols.

The test is carried out by trained NNU undergraduate research assistants under the supervision of Jennifer Chase, an NNU biology professor.