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NCU welcomes largest freshman class in decades

I heart  NCU sign on NCU lawn, on August 26th, 2017. at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Ore. (SBG/Clara Benitez) 

EUGENE, Ore.- Northwest Christian University welcomed its biggest freshman class yet.

“I was greeted by a dozen student that could wait to pack up all the stuff that we brought,” said Bruce Henry, who is helping move his daughter in to her new dorm room.

A big step for the incoming freshman class as everything they know is left behind to start a new beginning.

"I’m a little bit excited — kind of nervous, but for the most part its a nice different experience,” said Sarah Henry, an in-coming freshman at NCU.

Sarah Henry is moving from central Oregon to now Eugene. She says she is ready for the new change.

"My goal is to get out of my shell, and grow up a little bit and be independent for a while,” said Henry.

This was a day of realization for students — but for parents as well.

"It’s really special watching the hugs and the emotions of the family members — knowing that they worked so hard to get their children to this point,” said Michael Fuller, Vice President of Enrollment for NCU.

Sarah’s father says he is happy knowing this is what his daughter wanted.

“The best thing as a parent is that she chose this school, and if we would have been able to choose a school for her, it would have been NCU,” said Bruce Henry.

Including this new incoming class of freshman, the schools total body population is now at an estimated 800 students.

Students are now being more selective with picking where they are going to attend said Fuller.

For Sarah Henry, NCU seemed like a perfect fit.

"I like the atmosphere — I like that they are all about community and service, and that they are so personable. They help you out whenever you need it and they are always friendly and I like that,” said Sarah Henry.

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