(Orange City) — Northwestern College of Orange City is announcing its largest enrollment is school history. This year, 1,414 students are enrolled in the fall semester, which is up 107 students from last year. The college’s previous record was at 1,342 set in 2006. Northwestern’s enrollment includes the largest freshman class since 2014. Greg Christie is the president of Northwestern College. He credits Northwestern’s academic programs, along with its respected faculty for the increase in
Christie says a vast majority of the students attending Northwestern College are from within a 100-mile radius of Orange City.
Northwestern College is going against the trend seen at the state public universities which have reported a drop in enrollment numbers. Christie says the combination of the campus’s new facilities, and its people, are contributing factors for the increase in student enrollment.
Christie says Northwestern’s athletic program consisting of nationally ranked football, basketball, and volleyball have helped give Northwestern College additional exposure that attracts both athletes and non-athletes.