Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville enrollment reaches third highest in history

KINGSVILLE - October 11, 2013

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Administrators, faculty and staff at Texas A&M University-Kingsville have been working hard to increase the enrollment at the university and their efforts are paying off.

This fall semester, the number of students at the university reached the third highest number since the school’s beginnings in 1925. With 7,782 students enrolled, this is just 314 from setting a new record for enrollment.

The university boasts an increase of 548 students over fall 2012. Broken down, there are currently 6,168 undergraduates and 1,614 graduate students.

“The increase in enrollment this fall is due to a number of factors, all of which focus on marketing, recruiting and retaining the students the university wishes to attract and graduate,” said Manuel Lujan, vice president of enrollment management.

For example, the College of Graduate Studies deployed some very effective strategies, primarily in recruiting students for the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering, and the College of Business Administration continues to expand its enrollment in the online MBA program, Lujan said.

Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman, dean of the College of Graduate Studies, said, “The improving image of Texas A&M-Kingsville as a welcoming environment and the expansion in services and opportunities available to domestic and international students on the academic and non-academic arenas have improved the satisfaction of students with their experience at the university.

“Word of mouth has proved to be one of the best recruiting strategies. Expanded innovative recruiting efforts including social media, recruitment agreements and targeted financial support also have been big factors in the increase in enrollment at the graduate level,” Abdelrahman added.

“The university sought to increase the number of continuing students to add to the overall enrollment growth,” Lujan said. “The growth in continuing students is due to increased retention efforts and the increasing quality of the entering freshman class, who are more likely to continue their educational goals and graduate.”

An increase in students means an increase in student services. “We were concerned about on-campus housing,” said Dr. Terisa Riley, senior vice president for fiscal and student affairs. “We are at about 96 percent capacity at this point. We have had to fund new or increased initiatives, such as our international student activities, due to the huge enrollment increase.

“And we have had to add to our operating and maintenance accounts just for basic supplies. As you can imagine, we are using more paper towels and toilet paper,” she said.

“We also have more students participating in activities and events, but the only thing we had to add new was a position for International Student Activities to support the influx of new international students,” Riley added.


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