ASU Summer Graduate Enrollment at All-Time High
Angelo State University graduate enrollment in the first summer session of 2011 rose more than 25 percent over the same session last year, marking the university's highest summer graduate enrollment ever.
Enrollment in the ASU College of Graduate Studies sits at 507, up from the 400 graduate students registered for the first summer term in 2010.
"We continue to recruit qualified candidates, both locally and regionally, for our graduate school," said graduate dean Dr. Brian May. "We are also offering more online courses. By combining those two efforts, we have been able to significantly increase our graduate enrollment."
Overall enrollment for the first summer term is also up as 2,198 students signed up for classes this year compared to 2,120 for the same period last year. The totals were based on the sixth class day, the official reporting date for summer enrollment figures.
The summer session increase continued the good enrollment news over the past academic year. This past fall, ASU recorded its highest enrollment ever with 6,856 students. Then this spring, ASU set a record spring enrollment of 6,191, up 296 students from the previous record of 5,895 students in the spring of 2010.
ASU President Joseph C. Rallo noted the significance of increasing the numbers of students attending Angelo State.
"Enrollment growth is important for us because it will increase our revenues from the state and allow us to further enhance the academic programs we need to fuel growth with quality," Rallo said. "Our goal is to maintain this growth trend into the fall because those enrollment figures provide the baseline for formula funding for state appropriations. The greater our enrollment and enrollment growth, the more resources that will come to us from the state."
The first summer session runs June 1-July 1. The second summer term begins July 6 and continues through Aug. 5. Preliminary registration figures for the second summer term reflect comparable increases over the same period last year.