TAMIU Enrollment Rebounds,
Headcount, SCH Up
After a flat summer enrollment, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) officials are elated that Fall enrollment at the University appears to have rebounded with a record 7,633 students in preliminary enrollment reports.
That’s an increase of 4.4% over Fall’s 7,313 headcount at this same time last year. Semester credit hours (SCH) are also up 4% from 73,225 at this same time last Fall to 76,102 this Fall. Classes began Aug. 28 and late registration ended Sept. 3.
TAMIU president Dr. Ray Keck said the growth has been hard won.
“We’ve been working aggressively to share the University’s story and our strengths with potential students and their families. It’s a gradual, intensive process, but clearly has yielded some very positive results. We have retooled some programs, boosted our online offerings and looked at ways that we can better support students and their experiences here with programs like study abroad and internships,” Dr. Keck explained.
Keck said the growing economic recovery and recent national accolades have also helped to boost the University’s visibility and accessibility.
“With the nation’s economic recovery slowing gaining speed, I think students and their families have returned to their plans for a better future. It’s also helped that The Chronicle of Higher Education named TAMIU among the nation’s fastest-growing public master’s institutions in its “Almanac of Higher Education 2013; Washington Monthly Magazine ranked us in the Top 5% of national Master’s Universities and College Database named us Third in the nation among top Colleges and Universities that support Hispanic students. Just this week, we were advised that were the only Laredo institution to be named to the national 2014 Military Friendly List,” Keck said.
Also noteworthy, he said, was the large entering freshman class of 865 students.
“Our recruiters have worked diligently with local and regional high schools to help secure this large class of entering freshmen,” Dr. Keck said.
He said the University’s focus over the next few days would be to work with enrolled students to make sure that they will be able to pay their tuition and fees.
“Our financial aid staff is working relentlessly with students to find out about their needs and to identify funding sources that can keep them here for the semester. We want them here, we want them to graduate and we want them to be able to meet their financial obligations, of course,” Keck explained.
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