ASU ranked No. 15 overall and is one of five Texas universities ranked in the top 20 for master’s-level public schools. The rankings were based solely on The Chronicle’s analysis of yearly fall semester enrollment data compiled from 2006 to 2016 by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.
During that 10-year period, ASU’s enrollment grew 52.9 percent, from 6,265 in 2006 to 9,581 in 2016. The enrollment figures include undergraduate, graduate and dual-credit students. Since 2016, ASU’s enrollment has topped 10,000 students for two straight years. Shortly after joining the Texas Tech University System in 2007, ASU set an enrollment goal in its “Vision 2020” strategic plan of 10,000 students by the year 2020 – and then reached that goal a full three years ahead of schedule.
Several major factors have contributed to ASU’s growth. Graduate student enrollment has set a new enrollment high for 18 consecutive long semesters and now tops 1,600 students in the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Steady annual freshman enrollment and improved undergraduate student retention have led to increases in overall undergraduate enrollment, as have the more than 2,700 dual-credit students that annually enroll. By comparison, in the fall semester of 2014, only 79 dual-credit students enrolled under the previous program.
ASU President Brian J. May said, “In addition to improving our recruiting and retention efforts for traditional students, we knew that to meet our enrollment goals we would have to implement new courses, degree programs and strategies to attract more online graduate students and dual-credit students. Thanks to those efforts, the Ram Family now stretches across Texas, throughout the U.S. and around the world.”
Texas had the most public master’s-level universities ranked by The Chronicle among the top 20 fastest-growing schools. California was next with three, while Arkansas and Washington each had two schools on the list. With one school each on the list were Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, South Dakota and Utah.
The complete rankings of the fastest-growing U.S. institutions in every category are available at www.chronicle.com/article/Fastest-Growing-Colleges/244022.