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Fall Enrollment Surpasses 10,000 Mark at WTAMU

Sept. 14, 2017

CONTACT:    Michael Knox, 806-651-2050, mknox@wtamu.edu

COPY BY:     Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Fall Enrollment Surpasses 10,000 Mark at WTAMU


CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University has broken the 10,000 mark to record its highest enrollment ever. The University’s official 12th-class-day fall enrollment figures reveal a total of 10,169 students compared to same-day numbers last year of 9,961.

This year’s total reflects a continued trend of growing enrollment at WTAMU. In the fall of 2012, the University broke a long-standing 1970 record of 7,935 students, and enrollment numbers have continued to increase each year since. This year’s 12th-class-day enrollment numbers show a 2.09 percent increase over fall 2016 numbers along with boosted enrollments at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The total number of undergraduates for the fall is 7,477 compared to 7,428 last year. Graduate numbers show a bigger increase with 2,581 compared to 2,417 in the fall of 2016. In individual college enrollments, the WTAMU College of Business continues to show the greatest increase with 2,809 students, compared to 2,611 in the fall of 2016.

“We are certainly pleased to achieve an enrollment of more than10,000 students,” Michael Knox, vice president for Student Enrollment, Engagement and Success, said. “More important than the milestone is that people are choosing WT because they can get an outstanding educational experience, at a lower cost and with their WT degree, they can do whatever they want to do in life. That’s a pretty powerful combination of attractive qualities, and we are working hard to continue and even expand on that tradition.”

A total of 5,770 females are enrolled at WTAMU this fall, compared to the same-day number of 5,582 last year. Male enrollment stands at 4,399, compared to 4,379 last fall.

Hispanic enrollment at WTAMU has increased by 163 students for a total of 2,576 compared to 2,413 during the fall of 2016. Fall 2017 figures also show a slight increase in Asian American enrollment with 301 students compared to 254 last year. Enrollment numbers for African American, Native American, Pacific Islander and international students show slight decreases from 2016 figures. African American student enrollment is down by two students, from 564 in fall 2016 to 562 for fall 2017. Native American student enrollment also is slightly down at 47 compared to 52 students last year. Fall 2017 enrollment for Pacific Islander students is 14, down from the 18 enrolled in fall 2016. International student numbers are at 227 compared to 255 in fall 2016.

Texas residents total 8,008 and out-of-state students number 1,934 for fall 2017. The student headcount at the WTAMU Amarillo Center is 257, and total class enrollment is 363.


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