FLAGSTAFF, AZ - A record number of freshmen are hitting the books at Northern Arizona University.
The Arizona Daily Sun reported Friday that nearly 5,000 students are enrolled in the school's freshmen class.
Officials say that is 5 percent larger than last fall.
However, the rate of class growth has slowed. The 2013 class was more than 11 percent larger than the previous year.
NAU officials say they are pleased that this year's incoming freshmen appear more diverse and have a slightly higher average GPA than in recent years.
Enrollment overall at the school is up for a fifth year with more than 20,000 registered.
Official enrollment numbers will be released Sept. 18.
Arizona State University and the University of Arizona also reported record enrollment numbers for the fall semester.