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October 2001

Release Date: October 15, 2001

Graduate School, College of Sciences Enrollment Up at ASU

Increases in Graduate School and College of Sciences enrollment highlighted Angelo State University's fall semester enrollment figures which totaled 6,262 students in classes.

The Graduate School reported an enrollment of 433, a 5.3 percent increase over the 411 graduate students taking classes in the fall of 2000. The 433 total is the highest fall enrollment figure ever for the Graduate School, reported Graduate Dean Dr. Carol B. Diminnie. The highest ASU graduate enrollment ever was reported in the spring with 445 students in graduate classes.

Even so, Diminnie said fall graduate students were enrolled in a record 2,890 semester credit hours compared to 2,690 last spring.

Although ASU graduate enrollment is up across the board, Diminnie said new programs in physical therapy, communications and industrial/organizational psychology contributed to the growth. Additionally, the slowdown in the economy may play a factor as people try to enhance their skills either because they have been laid off and are trying to find a new job or because they are trying to keep their existing jobs.

Also showing a fall enrollment increase was the College of Sciences with 1,851 students this semester, a 3.4 percent increase over the 1,789 enrolled last fall.

Enrollment in ASU's three other colleges or schools for this fall and last was as follows: College of Business and Professional Studies 1937, 1958; College of Liberal and Fine Arts 1358, 1456; and School of Education 683, 695.

Overall the university's 6,262 enrollment for the 2001 fall semester compares with a 6,309 enrollment a year ago, a drop of seven-tenths of one percent. Students this fall are taking 78,342 semester credit hours, compared with 78,699 semester credit hours last fall. That is a decrease of less than one half of one percent.