NAMPA, Idaho — The total enrollment number for fall 2020 are in for Northwest Nazarene University (NNU). 1,971 students are currently enrolled, with 1,250 being undergraduates and 721 graduate and doctoral students.
The number is a slight increase from 2019, despite the COVID-19 impact. 280 are first-time freshmen and 45 transfer students and the retention rate for juniors returning for the senior year is at 94 percent.
"We are thrilled for each and every student who has chosen to be part of our NNU community this fall. With all that is going on in our world, these excellent numbers are an affirmation of the continued excellence in education that NNU is able to provide," Brad Kurtz-Shaw, vice president of academic affairs, said. “We believe our success in welcoming so many students can be attributed, in part, to the hard work that has been done by so many across campus to ensure that we are able to safely offer face-to-face classes and an on-campus experience to these students in the midst of a global pandemic.”
NNU also said the health and safety protocols, including the new campus-wide surveillance screening, are working to keep COVID cases low. There is now a dashboard to view the number of postive COVID cases on campus and the number of community members who receive “stay-at-home/stay-in-your room” directives. The dashboard can be found on the NNU website.