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Record Spring Enrollment Reported by ASU

February 18, 2010

With the release of 20th class day figures for the spring semester, Angelo State University recorded its highest spring enrollment ever as well as a record graduate student enrollment for the second consecutive semester.

ASU’s overall spring enrollment of 5,895 was up 21 students from the previous record of 5,874 students set in the spring of 1989. The current spring enrollment also showed a 7.59 percent increase in overall enrollment this year compared to last spring.

Total enrollment on the 20th class day was up 416 students over the spring 2009 enrollment of 5,479. ASU’s graduate enrollment for the spring semester was 535, breaking the previous record of 528 set just last September for the College of Graduate Studies. The fall 2009 figure of 528 marked the first time in ASU history that graduate enrollment surpassed 500 students.

“We are pleased,” said ASU President Joseph C. Rallo, “that the growth trend from the fall, when we had our second highest enrollment ever, continued into the spring semester. The graduate enrollment reflects our efforts to increase our outreach in the Hill Country with our program in Boerne joining those in Fredericksburg and Marble Falls.”

Rallo said multiple recruiting and retention initiatives at the university are paying dividends in enrollment as growth ultimately will result in more state appropriations.

“Our focus the past two years has been on broadening our recruiting and increasing our retention because growth is the primary factor the Texas Legislature utilizes in increasing appropriations,” Rallo said. “With growth we stand to gain increased state funds. This will enable us to be mindful of affordability for students when we set tuition and fees for the next year.”

Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance said, “The highest spring enrollment to date along with the highest graduate enrollment for the second straight semester are remarkable achievements for Angelo State University as they work to achieve our goal of 10,000 students by the year 2020. We continue to accomplish great things at Angelo State and the spring enrollment shows that our goals are well within reach.”

Comparisons by classification for the spring 2010 and 2009 enrollment with the percentage change were: freshman, 1,364, 1,382, -1.3 percent; sophomore, 1,359, 1,130, 20.27 percent; junior, 1,025, 994, 3.12 percent; senior, 1,503, 1,396, 7.66 percent; unclassified, 109, 110, -0.01 percent; and graduate, 535, 467, 14.56 percent; and total, 5,895, 5,479, 7.59 percent.

Additionally, the semester credit hours taken by both graduate and undergraduate students in the spring were up 6.91 percent, totaling 72,558 for this spring, compared to 67,867 for last spring. The 20th class day is the date set by the state to determine official enrollment for each semester.

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