ASU’s enrollment now sits at 10,568 students for the fall 2019 semester, topping the previous record enrollment of 10,447 set in 2017. A major factor in the record enrollment is an ongoing increase in ASU’s undergraduate student retention rate, which has led to increases in the number of sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled in classes this semester.
Another major factor is the record-high 3,015 students enrolled through ASU’s dual credit program, up from 2,716 last fall. High school students at nearly 50 campuses throughout West and Central Texas are earning both high school and ASU credit for courses taught at their high schools.
ASU’s undergraduate Hispanic enrollment has also reached an all-time high at 41.42% for this fall semester. That number has been increasing annually since ASU first achieved Hispanic Serving Institution status from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010.
First-time freshman enrollment and graduate student enrollment have remained steady, resulting in 6,031 undergraduate students and 1,522 graduate students enrolled for this fall semester.
ASU President Brian J. May said, “Over the last several years, we have implemented new strategies to recruit and retain traditional students and to attract more students to our dual credit and online graduate programs. We have also added, and continue to add, new state-of-the-art buildings and facilities. Those combined efforts are proving effective at bringing more students to ASU. The Ram Family is still 10,000 strong, and to have that number keep growing is a great benefit to ASU and the entire region.”
“The strategic growth and retention efforts of Angelo State University’s leadership, faculty and staff are commendable,” said Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. “I’m proud of President Brian May’s leadership and the efforts of the entire ASU community for once again achieving a historical milestone with a record student enrollment.”
The academic areas that have seen the most growth in the last year at ASU are the business administration and mechanical engineering undergraduate degree programs and the professional school counseling online graduate program. The most popular undergraduate majors are nursing, management, biology, teacher education and psychology.
Shortly after joining the Texas Tech University System in 2007, ASU set an enrollment goal in its “Vision 2020” strategic plan of 10,000 students by the year 2020. That goal was reached three years early in 2017, and ASU’s enrollment has remained above 10,000 ever since.
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