Sept. 11, 2013
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University’s Fall Enrollment Breaks 8,000 Mark
CANYON, Texas—It’s official—West Texas A&M University has its highest enrollment ever. The University’s 12th-class-day fall enrollment figures have surpassed the 8,000 mark, breaking last year’s number with a record 8,389 students.
Last fall’s enrollment of 7,958 students broke a long-standing 1970 record of 7,935 students, but today’s same-day enrollment numbers show a 5.42 percent increase along with boosted enrollments in each classification and at the graduate level. The University’s nationally recognized academic programs, continued campus renovations, affordability and commitment to student success all contribute to the fall 2013 record-breaking enrollment.
“This year’s enrollment increase continues a trend of increasing our student body every year since 2006,” Dan Garcia, vice president for enrollment management, said. “It’s satisfying to see the University providing a great academic and co-curricular experience to so many more students, while breaking enrollment records along the way.”
Fall 2013 figures show the greatest increase in the incoming freshman class with 1,308 compared to 1,216 last year. The total number of undergraduates for the fall is 6,920 compared to 6,581 last year. Graduate numbers were slightly down last year, but same day numbers this year reveal an 8.73 percent increase with 1,382 graduates this year compared to 1,271 in the fall of 2012. The number of transfer students also has increased. Junior college transfers stand at 792, compared to 675 last year. There are 3,636 males enrolled and 4,753 females.
Each of the University’s five colleges also show marked increases over last year’s numbers. The College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering leads the way with 2,025 compared to 1,873 at the same time last year.
Hispanic enrollment at WTAMU has increased by 176 students with a total of 1,858 compared to 1,682 during the fall of 2012. Fall 2013 figures also reveal a slight increase in African American student enrollment with 453 compared to 395 last year.
Texas residents total 7,331 and out-of-state students number 870 for fall 2013. The University’s international student enrollment stands at 173. The fall 2013 student headcount at the Amarillo Center is 536. Total class enrollment at the Amarillo Center is 720.