TAMIU Hits Records Enrollment with 5000+

TAMIU Tops 5000 in Historic
First for Fall Enrollment

Texas A&M International University has set a historic first this Fall: enrollment has topped 5,000 students for the first time, officials announced in a Monday event at the Student Center rotunda.

Fall 2007 enrollment is 5,188, up 5.51% over last Fall’s enrollment of 4,917. Semester Credit Hours (SCH), upon which State funding is based, has grown 6.59% to 52,176 over last Fall’s 48,951.

On hand for Monday’s announcement was Selma Lopez, a graduate student from Bruni, who is the University’s 5000th student.  She and president Ray Keck helped cut a celebratory cake bearing “5000” for students and guests.

TAMIU was the only A&M campus in South Texas to report an enrollment increase. Sister institutions TAMU-Corpus Christi and TAMU-Kingsville reported enrollment drops of .2 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively.

The figures are pending final certification by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, but bodes well for the University, said TAMIU president Ray Keck.

“It’s clear that more students are making TAMIU their choice for higher education. We have a state-of-the-art, growing campus with a gifted faculty and programs that are richly relevant to our students. We just opened our $12.5 million Kinesiology, Wellness and Recreation Center and broke ground for our $22.5 million Student Success Center. It’s a momentous time in our University’s history as a regional University of choice,” Dr. Keck said.

He attributes the increase to the University’s strong recruitment efforts and aggressive multi-media marketing campaign.

“Our staff works tirelessly to be there for students and to help them realize higher education is here for them.  Our marketing efforts bring that message into homes daily through bold, integrated and strategic initiatives,” he said.

This semester at TAMIU, undergraduate students number 4,123 or 80 percent of students, while graduate students number 1,065 or 20 percent of students.

Keck provided additional information on the Fall 2007 class:

The College with the highest enrollment is the College of Arts and Sciences with 2,264 students.

The most popular undergraduate majors are early childhood education, business administration, criminal justice, nursing and psychology.

The most popular graduate majors business administration, educational administration, information systems, curriculum and instruction and school counseling.

The overall average student age is 25 with undergraduates averaging 23 and graduates 31.  Doctoral students average 33 years of age. The University's youngest student is 13, the oldest 74.  The student/teacher ratio is 22:1 and undergraduate class sizes average 22.

Female students outnumber males 3,236 (62%) to 1952 (38%) and 90 percent of all students identify themselves as minority, including Hispanic, African-American, Asian and Other.  Slightly over 56 percent of students are full-time, while 44 percent are part-time.

While 93 percent of students come to the University from Texas, 5 percent are foreign. Students from 15 different countries number in this Fall’s population.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 326.2180.

University office hours are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at prmis@tamiu.edu