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Sept. 12, 2012

COPY BY:    Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

University’s Fall Enrollment Breaks Record

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s 12th-class-day fall enrollment figures break a long-standing record and reveal WTAMU’s highest enrollment ever with 7,958 students.

That number beats the previous record of 7,935 in the fall of 1970. The same-day enrollment last year stood at 7,913 students. The University’s nationally recognized academic programs, continued campus renovations and affordability all contribute to the fall 2012 record-breaking enrollment.

“Enrollment at WT has grown every year since 2006,” Dan Garcia, vice president for enrollment management, said. “As we now reach the highest enrollment in our institution’s history, it’s a great milestone, and we will continue with plans to grow in order to serve the residents of the state.”

Fall 2012 figures show the greatest increase in the senior class with 2,134 compared to 1,965 last year. The number of students seeking a master’s degree also reflects an increase with 1,139 compared to 1,080 last year. The total number of undergraduates for the fall is 6,581 compared to 6,521 last year. Graduate numbers are down slightly with 1,271 this year compared to 1,286 in the fall of 2011.

The largest increase among the University’s five colleges is in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences with 1,242 students compared to 1,057 last year. That growth is attributed to a marked enrollment increase in the Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences with 487 students compared to 344 last year. Texas residents total 7,061 and out-of-state students number 721 for fall 2012. The University’s international student enrollment stands at 152. The fall 2012 student headcount at the Amarillo Center is 651. Total class enrollment at the Amarillo Center is 829.

Hispanic enrollment at WTAMU has increased by 116 students with a total of 1,682 compared to 1,566 during the fall of 2011. Fall 2012 figures also reveal an increase in African American student enrollment with 395 compared to 381 last year.



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