Enrollment Up 24 Percent at College on Navajo Nation

TSAILE, Arizona ― Enrollment is up at the country’s first tribally controlled college.

Officials at Dine College on the Navajo Nation say enrollment for the fall semester increased by 24 percent over last fall.

The official 21-day count shows 1,554 full-time, degree-seeking students attending two campuses in Arizona and New Mexico, and four smaller centers in both states. Enrollment last fall was 1,257.

Officials attribute the increase to recruitment efforts in New Mexico, a dual credit program and efforts to retain students.

The college was established in 1968 as the first controlled by an American Indian tribe. Its main campus is in Tsaile.