Graduate enrollment reached 898, marking the seventh consecutive long semester in which the College of Graduate Studies has recorded an enrollment high. By comparison, 841 graduate students were enrolled last spring.
As was expected after a drop in fall undergraduate enrollment, the spring totals were down as well with 5,251 undergraduates taking classes, compared to 5,538 a year ago. The 2013 overall spring headcount was down 3.6 percent or 230 students, reflecting the increase of 57 in graduate students and the drop of 287 in undergraduates.
ASU President Brian J. May said, “Our strategies for increasing graduate enrollment continue to work, and we are modifying our strategies in undergraduate recruitment to bring similar long-term results.”
In addition to working to enroll more prospective students, May noted that the university is also devoting resources to retaining students through the new Freshman College.
The spring totals counted enrolled students as of the 20th class day (Feb. 11), the date used for official enrollment by institutions in the Texas Tech University System.
Comparisons by classification of the spring 2013 and 2012 enrollments with the percentage change were: freshman, 1,074, 1,215, -11.6 percent; sophomore, 1,203, 1,391, -13.5 percent; junior, 1,246, 1,250, -.003 percent; senior, 1,598, 1,547, 3.2 percent; unclassified, 130, 135, -.03 percent; graduate, 898, 841, 6.7 percent; and total, 6,149, 6,379, -3.6 percent.
Total graduate and undergraduate semester credit hours for this spring were 75,463, compared to last spring’s 77,746, a 2.9 percent decline.