TAMIU Fall Enrollment Grows
Posted: 09/28/2009

TAMIU Fall Enrollment Grows 9.6%;

Freshmen Class Largest Ever

Mengxuan Ding; Dr. Keck; Esther Buckley and Selma Lopez
Texas A&M International University announced a record Fall 2009 enrollment of 6,419 students, the largest in the University’s history. A cake for students, faculty and staff helped celebrate the occasion. Joining Dr. Ray Keck, president are, left to right: TAMIU’s 6000th student, Mengxuan (Michelle) Ding; Dr. Keck; 3000th student Esther Buckley and 5000th student Selma Lopez. Not pictured is the 4000th student, Griselda Canales.

It seems investing in oneself has rung true for students at Texas A&M International University this Fall. The University has posted a 9.6% increase in enrollment to 6,419 students and welcomed its largest freshman class ever, 723 students. Last fall, enrollment was 5,858.

This fall, Semester credit hours, upon which State funding is based, are also up 9.8% to 63,317 over last Fall’s 57,688.

“We’ve seen the confluence of a number of factors that have helped to bring about this dynamic growth,” said TAMIU Dean of Student Success Dr. Minita Ramirez.

“Clearly, the nation’s economic woes see many turning to higher education to boost their marketability for future jobs or career changes, but we’re also seeing higher response rates to recruitment efforts, the continued impact of HB1 students, increased financial assistance incentives to help students commit to higher education and our own strategic use of enhanced technologies to help us communicate more directly with students,” Dr. Ramirez said.

Indicative of the higher recruitment is the historic size of the freshman class and its composition.

“This is the largest freshman or first-year student population we’ve welcomed and is also the most diverse, including students from some 75 different high schools. About 29% of this class of 2013 at TAMIU graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school classes,” Ramirez explained.

HB1 sees qualified local high school students enroll in University-level coursework that is coordinated by their high school campus and district. This Fall some 404 HB1 students have chosen to participate in the State-mandated program at TAMIU.

Additional financial aid and scholarship donations are in demand by TAMIU students as about 80% of students qualify for assistance.

This fall, the University also rolled out its portal system, Uconnect, a web-based system that provides single point access to all University content for students, faculty and staff.

“This really enhances campus communication and provides us with the ability to communicate strategically with specific students or student groups about University services, programs or news relevant to them. Although it’s only been activated a short time, we’re seeing tremendous response,” Ramirez noted.

But perhaps one of the clearest barometers of the University’s growth is the need for additional parking places, Ramirez noted.

“We’re just waiting for the concrete to finish setting on one new parking lot and have two temporary lots already open,” she observed.

Present for Monday’s announcement were the students who were respectively the 3,000th, 4000th, 5000th and 6000th students: Esther Buckley, Griselda Canales, Selma Lopez and Mengxuan (Michelle) Ding. 

Ramirez provided additional information on the Fall 2009 enrollment:

The College with the highest enrollment is the College of Arts and Sciences with 3,219 students. The most popular undergraduate majors are early childhood education, business administration, nursing, criminal justice and biology.

The most popular graduate majors are business administration, educational administration, information systems, school counseling and curriculum and instruction. Graduate enrollment was up 4% over last Fall.

The overall average student age is 23 with undergraduates averaging 22 and graduates 31. The doctoral student population numbers 33 students, who average 34 years of age. The University's youngest student is 13 and its oldest 65. The student/teacher ratio is 21:1 and undergraduate class sizes average 31 students.

Female students outnumber males 3844 (60%) to 2575 (40%) and 92 percent of all students identify themselves as minority, including Hispanic, African-American, Asian and Other. Almost 55 percent of students are full-time, while 45 percent are part-time.

While 95% of students come to the University from Texas, over 4 percent are foreign. This Fall, international students come to TAMIU from 26 different countries.

The University, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, now has 15,558 alumni around the world.

Registration for Spring Semester 2010 begins Monday, Nov. 2. Classes start Tuesday, Jan. 19. Click on tamiu.edu

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