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UNA breaks enrollment records, experiences record six-year graduation rate

The University of North Alabama’s student enrollment has topped 8,800 students, which breaks all previous enrollment records of the institution’s 191-year history.

Fall 2021 registration marks UNA’s 11th consecutive term of record enrollment, solidifying the school as being the fastest-growing university in the state, according to the institution.

UNA president Dr. Ken Kitts attributes the university’s community for enabling the school to reach its historic achievement.

“Thanks to the hard work of many on campus to achieve this milestone, we can say with assurance that the University of North Alabama is no longer the best-kept secret among higher education institutions in Alabama,” declares Kitts. “The UNA brand is strong – thriving, even – in a challenging environment, and this is a significant occasion in our history.”

According to UNA, many accomplishments can be pointed to as having helped the college set new enrollment records.

The university cites a 9% increase in first-time, full-time freshmen as well as a strong presence of international students attending the college as being factors in the accomplishment. UNA also recognizes the brand resonance of North Alabama Online with regional, national and international learners.

Additionally, UNA notes that the college has positioned itself as Alabama’s Workforce Development University. UNA also points to recent growth the Delores and Weldon Cole Honors College has experienced, as it presently holds more than 635 members.

Dr. Ross Alexander, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, asserts that UNA’s distinctions have made the university a top destination for a multitude of prospective students.

“UNA’s record enrollment for the 11th straight term – in stark contrast to statewide, regional, and national enrollment declines – is laudable, distinct, and noteworthy,” proclaims Alexander. “It’s a testament to the quality of our on-campus, online, and workforce-focused programs that lead directly to good jobs and career advancement. Firmly established as the ‘first choice’ institution of myriad students regionally, nationally, and internationally, UNA has been appropriately recognized as the fastest-growing university in the State of Alabama.”

In addition to breaking enrollment records, UNA announces that it has experienced a record six-year graduation rate. The school contends that this places the school in strong standing among academic peers nationwide.

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL