Enrollment Numbers at Texas A&M-Kingsville Remain High During Spring Semester
KINGSVILLE - March 05, 2010
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Enrollment numbers at Texas A&M University-Kingsville continue to look up as the number of students attending rose over six percent from spring 2009 to the current semester, spring 2010.
Presently there are 5,508 students enrolled in the spring semester. In spring 2009, 5,178 students were enrolled, an increase of 6.4 percent.
Following a fall semester that saw a jump of 3.7 percent, especially in the freshman class, numbers stayed up with more students remaining in school for the spring. In fall 2009, A&M-Kingsville had one of their biggest freshman classes at more than 1,100. Of those over 83 percent remained in school.
“One of the factors behind the increase in our fall semester came from our growth in new students and our recruitment efforts,” said Manuel Lujan, vice president for enrollment management. “The number of fall students continuing to enroll this spring was larger than last year.
“Another factor is what appears to be a pretty nice increase in our retention rate among our new freshmen between the fall and spring semesters. Preliminary data show that our freshman class was retained four percentage points higher than last year between the fall and spring semesters. That is a very positive sign,” he said.
“A third factor is that we enrolled more new students this spring compared to last year at the same time,” Lujan said. “That increase again is a result of recruitment activities. All these numerical factors results in our overall enrollment growth this spring. But there are other factors including the new residence halls, the new recreation center that will open soon and the overall momentum the university is experiencing with all the positive changes that are taking place. It is all these things that are helping us to attract and keep students here.”
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