Texas A&M University-Texarkana officials today announced an 11.32 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment from last year, and a total of 2,041 students registered in undergraduate and graduate courses for the fall 2016 semester.
Enrollment of first-time entering freshmen increased approximately 29 percent from last fall, with a total of 207 first-time-in-college students enrolling in fall 2016. Total undergraduate enrollment for fall 2016 is 1,583. Approximately one-third of the new freshman class is comprised of students from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
In addition to the undergraduate enrollment increase, graduate enrollment remained steady, with a total of 458 students registered in fall 2016.
The university also experienced an 8.69 percent increase in student semester credit hours – from 19,342 in fall 2015 to 21,022 this year. A credit hour is the unit by which A&M-Texarkana measures its coursework.
Enrollment information is calculated on census day, the 12th day of classes for the semester.
Registration for the second eight-week session of the fall 2016 semester is still open through Oct. 17.
“We are excited about the continued growth of student enrollment at A&M-Texarkana,” said President Emily Cutrer. “The increase in enrollment is attributed to our faculty and staff who have worked diligently to expand academic programs and services for students. We also completely revamped our enrollment-services model, focusing not only on the Texarkana region but on continuing to serve as a destination campus.”
“Our overall goal is to be a diverse community of learners in support of economic opportunities in the region and the state,” Dr. Cutrer said. “This means we are reaching out to areas such as the I-30 West and U.S. Highway 59 corridors to recruit students who are interested in the academic programs we have to offer.”
Another factor in attracting and retaining students is a comprehensive student-life program, Dr. Cutrer said.
“While we have an award-winning student-life program, we recognize the tremendous need for additional infrastructure to round out the university experience for our students,” Dr. Cutrer said. “With the addition of a student recreation center in 2017 and a building for academic and student services in 2019, we believe we will have the resources to accommodate additional student growth in support of the needs of the region and state.”
For more information about enrollment at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, contact the Office of Enrollment Services at (903) 334-6601.