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Graduate Enrollment Up at ASU

February 12, 2014

Graduate school enrollment continued to grow at Angelo State University, setting a spring semester record, while undergraduate enrollment dropped, resulting in a total of 5,883 attending the university this spring.

Graduate enrollment reached 990, 92 more than the 898 grad students who enrolled last spring.  The record spring enrollment was 10.2 percent greater than the 2013 total, the previous spring record.

As was expected after a drop in fall undergraduate enrollment, the spring totals were down with 4,893 undergraduates taking classes, compared to 5,251 a year ago.  The 2014 overall spring headcount was 5,883, compared to 6,149 the previous spring, marking a 4.3 percent drop.

ASU President Brian J. May said, “We are pleased with our gains in graduate enrollment and are implementing new strategies in undergraduate recruitment to bring similar sustainable, long-term results, such as increasing our admissions standards last year.  Ultimately, the higher admission standards will increase our retention.  Additionally, we have established our Freshman College to help incoming students succeed in their first and most critical year in college.”

The enrollment totals were counted as of the 20th class day.

Comparisons by classification of the spring 2014 and 2013 enrollment numbers were:

 

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Unclassified

Graduate

Total

2014

944

1,132

1,101

1,610

106

990

5,883

2013

1,074

1,203

1,246

1,598

130

898

6,149

“We are very proud of the graduate school’s increase considering that enrollment is down in graduate schools across the country,” said Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance. “We look to further improve our enrollment this fall by trying to expand our base.”

Total graduate and undergraduate semester credit hours for this spring were 71,877, compared to last spring’s 75,463.

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