NNU Announces Increased Enrollment Numbers for Fall 2020; Launch of COVID Dashboard

NNU Announces Increased Enrollment Numbers for Fall 2020; Launch of COVID Dashboard

Northwest Nazarene University
Sep 18, 2020
Students walking on campus wearing masks.

President Joel Pearsall has announced the total enrollment for Fall 2020 is 1,971 students. This year’s 1,250 undergraduate and 721 graduate and doctoral students is a slight increase in enrollment for the university since last year, despite the impact COVID-19 has had for many in higher education.  

This fall, NNU welcomed 280 first-time freshmen and 45 transfer students, which is an increase from last year’s numbers. In addition, the university’s retention rate remained strong overall, with an impressive 94 percent of juniors returning for their senior year. 

"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.”  

As announced last week, the health and safety protocols NNU has put into place—including its new campus-wide surveillance screening—are working well to date to keep COVID cases low. A dashboard is now available to view the number of positive COVID cases on campus and the number of community members who have received “stay-at-home/stay-in-your room” directives. These preventative directives can result from any number of potential flags including preliminary results from surveillance screening for an entire pool, possible exposure, questionable symptoms from daily health screening and/or awaiting further testing/confirmation and does not necessarily indicate that an individual is infected. The dashboard can be found at nnu.edu/fall2020.