ASU Summer Enrollment Up to Highest Level in 5 Years
June 10, 2010
Figures released by the ASU Registrar’s Office showed first session summer enrollment at 2,120, compared to 1,927 for the same period last year. The growth trend was reflected at both the undergraduate and graduate levels with 1,720 undergraduates and 400 graduates signing up for classes, compared to 1,540 and 387 respectively a year ago.
Not only were more students attending summer classes, they were taking 19.9 percent more course hours. This summer, students registered for 10,541 semester credit hours, 1,751 more than the 8,790 they signed up for a year ago. The totals were based on the sixth class day, the official reporting date for summer enrollment figures.
The summer session increase continued the good enrollment news over the past academic year. This past fall, ASU recorded its second highest enrollment ever with 6,387 students, the highest total since the 6,408 who enrolled in the record fall of 1989. Then this spring, ASU set a record spring enrollment with 5,895, up 21 students from the previous record of 5,874 students in the spring of 1989.
“We are pleased,” said ASU President Joseph C. Rallo, “that our enrollments have trended upward throughout the 2009-10 academic year. These gains did not happen by accident because they reflect the work of many people and offices in broadening our undergraduate recruiting, retention and marketing efforts. The expansion of our graduate programs into the Hill Country and the addition of new graduate programs account for our graduate growth.”
Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance said, “Our vision as a system focuses on two major priorities, enrollment growth and enhancing research at all levels. Angelo State’s summer session enrollment success is a credit to the efforts of Dr. Rallo and his team to achieve our overall goals.”
Rallo noted the significance of increasing the numbers of students attending Angelo State.
“Enrollment growth is important for us because it will increase our revenues from the state and allow us to further enhance the academic programs we need to fuel growth,” Rallo said. “Our goal is to maintain this growth trend into the fall because those enrollment figures provide the baseline for formula funding for state appropriations. The greater our enrollment and enrollment growth, the more resources that will come to us from the state.”
Undergraduate enrollment figures for the first summer session this year compared to last with the percentage increase were: freshman, 163, 154, 5.84 percent; sophomore, 314, 280, 12.14 percent; junior, 454, 396, 14.65 percent; senior, 717, 658, 8.97 percent; special, 35, 23, 52.17 percent; and post-baccalaureate, 37, 29, 27.59 percent. Undergraduate semester credit hours were up 22.9 percent with 8,538 this summer session and 6,947 last year.
Enrollment in the College of Graduate Studies over the same period was: graduate, 361, 367, -1.63 percent, and professional, 39, 20, 95 percent. Graduate semester credit hours were up 8.68 percent to 2,003 this year, compared to 1,843 last summer.
First summer session runs June 1-July 1. The second summer term begins July 6 and continues through Aug. 5. Preliminary registration figures for the second summer term reflect comparable increases over the same period last year.