University Hits Record Enrollment, SCH Growth for Spring Semester
Just like the city and region it serves, Texas A&M International
University is growing with student enrollment this Spring semester the
highest in the history of the University.
In official numbers submitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board (THECB), TAMIU will post a 9.5% increase in enrollment and a 10%
increase in semester credit hours (SCH) upon which State funding is based.
Official Spring 2004 enrollment figures are 4,081 students, up from 3,736
for Spring 2003 and 4,078 for Fall 2003 , previously the highest Fall
In addition, students are taking more classes with 39,744 semester credit
hours (SCH) being generated, up from last Spring's 36,108. Undergraduate
students number 3093, while 988, or 24% are enrolled in the University's
graduate programs. Of those seeking graduate degrees, 45% hold undergraduate
degrees from TAMIU.
Dr. Tom Corti, vice president for student affairs, said the enrollment
increase is reflective of student preferences and the University's responses
to those preferences.
"More and more students are realizing that their futures are linked
to higher education and attaining a bachelors degree or higher. The University
is responsive to their needs, offering relevant programs, gifted faculty
and remarkable facilities, all at a remarkable value. These combined factors
change lives," Dr. Corti said.
He noted that the University's recruitment efforts are paying off and
are being extended.
"While a majority of our students are recruited from the surrounding
area, we are seeing greater numbers of students coming to us from the
north and south. We're also augmenting our present-day efforts with future-focused
initiatives such as our 'Saddle-Up Days' at TAMIU which bring fourth and
seventh graders to the campus to begin to sharpen their vision of higher
education for them," Corti said.
Additional information of interest about Spring Semester 2004 enrollment:
The most popular undergraduate majors are: early childhood/bilingual education,
criminal justice and nursing. The most popular graduate majors are business
administration, educational administration and public administration.
The programs with the fastest growing undergraduate enrollment are social
work, criminal justice and early childhood/bilingual education.
The overall average student age is 26.5 with undergraduates averaging
24.7 and graduates 32.2. The oldest student is 70 while the youngest is
Female students outnumber males 63% to 37% and 90 percent of students
identify themselves as minority, including Hispanic, African-American,
Asian and Other.
While 84% of students come to the University from Webb County, the University
is seeing an increase in student enrollment from Zapata, Maverick, Bexar
and Jim Hogg counties.
Some 17 countries are represented in the total student population and
6% of students are identified as international.
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