Stats about NU’s Academic Programs
by Heather Karnes, Senior Staff Writer
I recently took a poll of NU students regarding their opinions on academics at Northwest. I asked questions like, “Which major do you think has the highest GPA on average?” “The lowest?” “In your opinion, what’s the most populuar major?” After my research, this is what I found:
Where are all the “smart” people hiding?
Students seem to think that the Nursing major has the highest average GPA. “They have to keep their grades up above a three-point,” said Lauren Johnson, a freshman Elementary Education major. Votes also went to Pre-Med/Biology majors. Students assume that majors with high standards produce students with the highest GPAs.
According to a report from the Registrar’s office, while Nursing majors rank fourth with an average GPA of 3.199, they don’t nab the top spot. That prize belongs to the Music Ministry major with an average GPA of 3.620. Not far behind, in second and third place, are Biblical Literature and English with 3.375 and 3.276 respectively. Music Education rounded out the top five with an average of 3.183.
What about the bottom of the pyramid?
Most students think that Ministry majors lie at the bottom. Of over 20 people polled, 11 responded that majors from the College of Ministry have the lowest average GPA. This might seem odd since Northwest is, historically, a Bible College.
But unquestionably the stereotype exists. Business majors also score low on the average GPA scale according to students.
“They have to take economics which would lower anyone’s GPA,” said Beth Ross, a senior Secondary Education major, jokingly.
Here are the facts: Youth Ministry majors come in last place with an average GPA of 2.512. Marketing majors ranked just above with a 2.563. Undeclared and General Studies majors were also toward the bottom with 2.560 and 2.723. Student opinion seems right on. The bottom two majors come from both the College of Ministry and the School of Business and Management.
Men are from…Ministry?
Students overwhelmingly agree that the highest percentage of male students resides in the College of Ministry and the School of Business and Management.
“Stereotypes” was the reason Teri Hendrickson, a senior Psychology major, gave for her placement of men in the School of Business.
Of the 337 male traditional undergraduates enrolled in the Fall 2011 semester, 40 percent declared majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, 26 percent in the College of Ministry, and 18 percent in the School of Business and Management.
These statistics seem to indicate that student stereotypes are incorrect, but the only two schools with more males than females enrolled are the College of Ministry and the School of Business.
Where have all the women gone?
Nearly everyone polled believed that the greatest percentage of women is enrolled in either the School of Nursing or the School of Education. Given the history of women’s careers, this is not surprising. Of the 557 female traditional undergraduates enrolled in the Fall 2011 semester, 31 percent chose the College of Arts and Sciences, 28 percent the School of Nursing, and 12 percent the School of Education. However, student opinion makes sense: 90 percent of students in the School of Nursing and 76 percent in the School of Education are female.
All majors great and small
The Nursing majors resoundingly hold the lead for the biggest major with 173 students in the Fall 2011 semester. Second place is tied between Communication and Psychology with 77 students each. While History got plenty of student votes for smallest major, Environmental Science holds that title with only three students enrolled.
What many students may not know is that anyone can access these statistics (GPA statistics are omitted from the published report) by visiting the Registrar’s page on the Eagle website. Semester reports are available as far back as Spring 2003.