University Sees Historic Enrollment Increase as Numbers Rise Over 12 Percent
KINGSVILLE - September 24, 2010
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University sees largest jump, highest numbers in more than 30 years
Recruitment efforts are paying off at Texas A&M-Kingsville as a large influx of new and transfer students bring enrollment numbers up over 12 percent over the fall 2009 semester. Current enrollment shows 6,610 students enrolled in classes this fall.
New sections of certain classes had to be added prior to the beginning of school and students wishing to live on campus were put into overflow space on campus or housed at hotels off campus. All this is to accommodate the 734 more students on campus this year. This compares to enrollment of 5,876 in the fall 2009.
New freshman enrollment grew by the largest number with 1,317 freshmen on campus this semester.
“This is one of the largest enrollment increases in the history of the university,” said Dr. Steven Tallant, university president. “Not only am I pleased with our numbers, but proud of the hard work our faculty and staff have put into our recruitment efforts. Their hard work has paid off and the numbers are there to prove it.”
“We definitely had one of the largest increases in the history of the university this year,” said Manuel Lujan, vice president for enrollment management. “We grew by 734 this year. You have to go back to 1975 to find an enrollment that is higher than our current numbers or a higher increase per year.”
Lujan attributes the large increase this year to a number of campus wide efforts including the recruitment approach and strategies initiated four years ago. These strategies resulted in a double digit increase in applications for the past four years.
For the university to continue it upward growth, Lujan said the university needs to continue the marketing that was initiated this year in primary markets and find creative and cost effective ways to market in higher population areas of the state and outside the state.
“Our new dual enrollment partnerships with area high schools played a significant role in our growth this year,” he said. “We need to sustain and expand those partnerships to continue our growth.”
Lujan also cited the continuing expansion, renovation and beautification of the campus. “The new residence hall, the new recreation center and the soon to be open new dining facilities have had a huge impact on our ability to attract and retain continuing students. For example, our undergraduate continuing student enrollment is up 300 over last year. We will need additional residence halls to continue our growth because our primary growth potential is with students who will need housing.”
University Village with over 600 beds opened in fall 2009, the new honors college residence hall, with 300 beds is expected to open in fall 2011 and a third new residence hall, also with 300 beds has been approved by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and is currently awaiting authorization to move up the planning phase.
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