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Olivet celebrates strong enrollment, record-breaking undergraduate population

Posted: Sep 18, 2012

2012 Olivet celebrates strong enrollment, record breaking undergraduate population
This year's traditional undergraduate population is the largest ever, and the residential population is the second highest on record.
At the 10 day count, Olivet Nazarene University announces another year of strong enrollment, including the largest traditional undergraduate population (2,719 students) in the University’s 105-year history. Total enrollment for fall 2012 is 4,544 students, an increase of 231 over last year.

In addition to the 673 first-time freshmen, the traditional undergraduate population was boosted by the extraordinarily high percentage of returning students. The 76 percent retention rate of last year’s freshmen is the second highest in ONU history, topped only by 78 percent in 1994.

“Retention is everyone’s business,” said Woody Webb, vice president for student development. “We want our students to have positive, life-transforming experiences while at Olivet. So we strive to provide the academic, social, spiritual and financial support they need to succeed — through graduation and beyond. There are some things we can’t control, but many things we can. I’m pleased that our efforts are making a difference.”

With 2,148 students living on Olivet’s campus, this year’s residential population is the second highest on record.

Also included in the 10-day count are 1,825 graduate and nontraditional students enrolled through the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

“The School of Graduate and Continuing Studies continues to see strong enrollment, due to an increase in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, as well as a positive year for graduate education programs,” said Ryan Spittal, vice president for graduate and continuing education.

The 10-day count is the standard measurement used by colleges and universities nationwide, but is based on the traditional undergraduate calendar.

“As a result of our learning format and year-round enrollment process, we anticipate continued enrollment growth as we welcome new learners each month throughout the year," said Spittal. 

Average ACT composite score of last year's incoming freshmen