Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) in Bourbonnais, Illinois, led the schools in total enrollment. ONU reported a total of 4,373 students, with a 60 to 40 ratio of undergraduate to graduate students.
The largest undergraduate student enrollment of 2,720 was reported by Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.
Canadian Nazarene University College (CNUC) reported the largest percentage increase of undergraduate students. The total enrollment of CNUC was 339, which represents a 24 percent increase. MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, also showed an increase in the number of traditional undergraduate students with a total of 1,202 in that category.
Several educational institutions are strengthening their approach to undergraduate students by offering courses through nontraditional methods and online technology. Eastern Nazarene College near in Quincy, Massachusetts, increased its number of nontraditional undergraduate students. The only institution providing online bachelor degree level courses for undergraduate students is Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs. Their online students constituted 60 percent of the student body.
Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) in Nampa, Idaho had the largest gain in total enrollment of 607 and the largest total graduate student enrollment of 3,139. NNU has worked to develop a diversified graduate program, utilizing traditional, nontraditional, and on-line approaches. Graduate students now comprise 73 percent of the total student headcount.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) in Nashville, also reported significant increases of enrollment in their graduate student programs. MVNU currently operates six adult and graduate studies campus locations throughout Ohio. TNU operates twelve similar centers.
Other institutions with increased enrollments in the area of adult and graduate studies are Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City and Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma.
"Strong enrollment throughout our schools in Canada and the U.S. affirms the vital role of Nazarene higher education within the Church and in the broader culture as well," commented John Bowling, president of Olivet Nazarene University. "Students and parents alike continue to recognize the value of a college/university/seminary education that carefully integrates faith and learning."
Holiness Today, Jan/Feb 2005