WTAMU breaks enrollment records again

WTAMU breaks enrollment records again

CANYON, TX (KFDA) - West Texas A&M University has broken another record with the highest enrollment the college has ever seen.

The University's 12th-class-day fall enrollment figures reveal a total of 9,966 students compared to same-day numbers last year of 9,523.

In the fall of 2012, the University broke a long-standing 1970 record of 7,935 students, and each year enrollment numbers have continued to increase.

This year's 12th-class-day enrollment numbers show a 4.65 percent increase over fall 2015 numbers. The college is seeing a boost in undergraduates and graduates students.

The total number of undergraduates for the fall is 7,430 compared to 7,302 last year. Graduate numbers show a bigger increase with 2,420 compared to 2,097 in the fall of 2015.

"The University's continued enrollment growth points toward WTAMU's increasing appeal among students," Dan Garcia, Vice President for Enrollment Management, said. "We're pleased that students and their families see the cost and education values here."

The WTAMU College of Business shows the greatest increase with 2,614 students, compared to 2,158 in the fall of 2015.

This fall 5,583 females are enrolled, compared to 5,292 last year. Male enrollment stands at 4,383, compared to 4,231.

The college is also seeing an increase in the diversity of their students. Hispanic enrollment has increased by 110 students with a total of 2,413 compared to 2,303 during the fall of 2015.

Fall 2016 figures also show a slight increases in African American students, and a significant increase in Asian American students. African American student enrollment stands at 563 compared to 555 last year, and Asian American enrollment increased from 215 to 254.

Students that are Texas residents this year total 7,850 which increased from 7,768 from fall 2015. Out-of-state students stand at 1,861 this fall compared to 1,464 students last year, that's a 27 percent increase.

"The University has a focus on developing future leaders from across the state, nation, and world, so this year it's encouraging to see a 27 percent growth in out-of-state students," Garcis said. "The enrollment of nearly 400 more students from outside the borders of Texas reflects the success in advancing our mission, as well as the educational opportunities available to students from across our country."

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