September 6, 2011

Enrollment Surpasses 50,000 For First Time In History

Record enrollment — exceeding 50,000 for the first time — is being reported for Texas A&M University.

Enrollment after the first week of classes totals 50,054, for an increase of 925 students over the final figure for the fall semester last year, according to Texas A&M’s Office of Institutional Studies and Planning (OISP).

Figures for the 12th class day — which will be on Sept. 13 — are those required to be reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, but the figures are not certified until the 20th class day. The figures normally vary only slightly after the first week, OISP officials note.

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said the record enrollment is not the result of a concerted effort for the university to increase its size but rather reflects the continued increase in the value of a degree from the university. He cited a recent Wall Street Journal article that shows Texas A&M to rank second nationally on the basis of employers’ satisfaction in hiring graduates of institutions throughout the nation.

“We are obviously pleased that so many young men and women choose to pursue their education aspirations at Texas A&M University and look forward to serving them in a manner that is consistent with our commitment to offering high-quality education,” Loftin stated. “As a land-grant institution, we are ever-mindful of being accessible and affordable, while also continuing to elevate our status as one of the nation’s top public universities.”

Last fall, with an enrollment of 49,129 on its main campus, Texas A&M was ranked as the sixth largest university in the nation.

Texas A&M’s marine-oriented branch campus, Texas A&M University at Galveston, also reports record fall enrollment, currently standing at 2,058, for a gain of 159 students compared to last year. Texas A&M’s engineering–oriented campus at Qatar is just starting its fall semester. It had a record 473 students in attendance last fall, representing a 59-student increase. The campus in the Middle East is fully funded by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

When including the two branch campuses, total enrollment for Texas A&M stands at a record  52,585 — based on the inclusion of Texas A&M University at Qatar’s 2010 fall enrollment — but that is subject to change slightly when this fall’s TAMUQ figures become available. In any event, the university’s overall figure will likely  move it up even higher in the ranks of the country’s largest institutions of higher learning, officials note.

Male students on the College Station campus total 26,805, representing 53.6 percent of the overall student body. Texas A&M’s female enrollment, while continuing to trail the number of men at the once all-male institution, totals 23,249. Female enrollment increased this fall by 458, while male enrollment is up by 467.

Corps of Cadets membership continues to increase. The corps, in which participation is open to young men and women on a strictly voluntary basis, currently stands at 2,153 cadets, an increase of 184 over the same period last year.

The freshman class of 8,271 includes 600 students enrolled in the Blinn TEAM, a program in which students are jointly enrolled at Texas A&M and the Bryan campus of Blinn College. Blinn TEAM students who successfully complete the program’s requirements are then eligible to become fulltime students at Texas A&M. Blinn TEAM participation decreased by 46 students this year.

The number of Hispanic freshmen stands at 1,596, for an increase of 94, and African-American freshmen total 279, an eight-student gain.

More than 25 percent of Texas A&M’s freshman class is made up of students who are the first in their families to attend college.

Transfer students total 1,784 this year, a gain of 149 over last year.

Enrollment of Hispanics and African-American students overall is also higher than for last year, with Hispanics now totaling 7,595, for an increase of 575, and African-Americans total 1,723 for a gain of  nine.

Graduate student enrollment this year stands at a record 9,518, which is 53 more than for last fall, and students enrolled in the professional program category — those pursuing doctor of veterinary medicine degrees – total 525, representing an increase of nine DVM students.

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Contact: Lane Stephenson, News & Information Services, at (979) 845-4662 or l-stephenson@tamu.edu.

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24 Comments to Enrollment Surpasses 50,000 For First Time In History

  1. Outstanding! Now we can further overburden the infrastructure of College Station, experience more traffic jams, and continue to destroy College Station’s unique small-town identity. But I guess this means A&M will make more money so they can continue to construct new buildings on campus where there was once green space, install more flashing crosswalk signs, and hire more professors who don’t speak English.

  2. SK on September 6th, 2011
  3. Is it REALLY true that TAMU has only 1,784 transfer students? WOW! That seems awfully small!

    Thanks for a plethora of information.

  4. Gary Briers on September 6th, 2011
  5. Whoa, SK, lighten up. You forget CS was named after the train stop because there was no town to put on the shingle at the station. A&M actually predates the town and CS exists only because of the founding of the University on the prairie south of Bryan. Let’s get our facts straight. If CS is too big for you now move down here to Houston and get a load of our “small town charm.”

  6. KT on September 6th, 2011
  7. Wow! Texas A&M continues to grow and get closer to Vision 2020 each day. It’s unfortunate that SK is so upset about a growing university – growing for the better, not just in size – but it is great to see that our presence in the country and in the world is becoming more established.

    Gig ‘em, Aggies!

  8. John Leask on September 6th, 2011
  9. “Outstanding! Now we can further overburden the infrastructure of College Station, experience more traffic jams, and continue to destroy College Station’s unique small-town identity. ”

    You’re an idiot. The City of College Station wouldn’t even EXIST if it weren’t for Texas A&M. Most, if not all, the jobs the city enjoys is a direct result of the constant flow of students coming in and out of your city. Your local economy IS Texas A&M.

  10. Estevan on September 6th, 2011
  11. Maybe if you lived in cs or attended the university you would understand what sk is talking about.

  12. skisright on September 7th, 2011
  13. I don’t necessarily agree with SK but I don’t understand the push to be the BIGGEST. Why don’t we push to be the BEST? I’ll always love A&M, but I am finding more and more that I love the A&M I went to, not the one I visit today. Its getting to be a maroon version of t.u. in the 80′s with very few of the traditions we once had. People don’t even say Howdy anymore…..

  14. TT on September 7th, 2011
  15. “The number of Hispanic freshmen stands at 1,596, for an increase of 94, and African-American freshmen total 279, an eight-student gain.” OUT OF MORE THAN 50,000???? Sadly not representing the diverse population in Texas (37.6% of Hispanics, and 11.8% of African-American according to the 2010 census (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48000.html)).

  16. Lulu Pel on September 7th, 2011
  17. I am the one who usually stays away from any comments and discussions, but now I feel obligated to join and address SK aggression toward Texas A&M achievements and natural course of progress.
    Yes, you are right, the University trying to expand by building more building and enrolling more students. Tuition and fees are growing every year, there are less green lawns on campus, and growing traffic. Ant it starts to look more like a city than a small town.
    I bet there were the same complaints from the people who lived centuries before Texas A&M was established and saw it growing in the middle of the prairie. It is natural reaction and it is unavoidable course of like.
    But let’s stick to the facts. Texas A&M is a fast growing University, which provides an outstanding opportunity for education and research, and feeds greatly local economy. Moreover, quality of education and scale of research and study outreach is rapidly growing. To be Texas A&M graduate is prestigious not only in Texas, but nationwide, and in many other places around the world. I can give you an example of the Nuclear Engineering department, which is not big to begin with. It was relatively small 15 years ago, but now it is one of the best in the nation. The small number of transfer students, taking in account that study in Texas A&M is not a walk in a park, especially if you properly apply the rule of not “Stealing and cheating”, I would not expect that number to be large. Let’s be honest, most of the transfer students are looking for escape when they are in troubles academically. Only small percentage of students who want to be transferred are truly out of their preferred field of study and looking for a better place to apply their learning abilities. Thus, the relatively small number tells me more about quality than quantity of the program. Finally, international student and faculty body will never let Texas A&M down. Texas A&M has one of the largest international students and faculty program. But it does not mean they bring everybody who raise their hand to the Aggieland. I personally know people in charge of the program, and they have no hesitation when it comes to kicking out who is slacking with studies or disrespect the University and what it stays for. Those who come from abroad and study hard and do brilliant research, then, call Texas A&M their second home and make the University proud with their achievements. I know quite a few of them. Therefore, I have no problem with the University making more money by constantly improving in providing batter quality for education and opportunity for sturdy and research for a large number of people who can appreciate honorable traditions of A&M. The prairie is large and there are always spaces to put same parks, and they do so while the city of College Station is expanding. We should not refuse some changes for a good cause only because it will take away from us something that we used to. And if you are indeed a true Aggie, go ahead and help the University to be better. And if protest is your favorite tool, well, turn it toward something constructive, like making them fully repair Ross Street, or bring the Bonfire back on Campus and make it safe enough for everybody to enjoy and appreciate.

    I truly believe that SK means well, it just hard sometimes to appreciate something great when it rapidly changing something what you used to for decades.

    However, I came from a different world, I have seen a lot of bad things happening, I traveled all around the USA, and I tell you with full confidence, there are no place in the world like the Aggieland and it is changing to be even better.

  18. iPav on September 7th, 2011
  19. University of Texas is still better than A&M

  20. Longhorn on September 7th, 2011
  21. There were 15,000 to 18,000 students at A&M when I was there. I loved it. I loved it when it broke 20,000. I loved it when it broke 30,000. I loved it when it broke 40,000. And I love it now that it has broken 50,000.

    Class of ’77

  22. Russel Ray on September 7th, 2011
  23. so…how many WHITE kids are enrolled. Whats the big deal about always pointing out race in articles like this. What does that do for anyone?

  24. ANON on September 7th, 2011
  25. Stop censoring. I want to know why the white ethnicity is not listed in the statistics. What about the Germans, Canadians, Australians….why do blacks and hispanics get such special treatment.

  26. ANON on September 7th, 2011
  27. Why are you censoring me>?<

  28. ANON on September 7th, 2011
  29. QUOTE “The number of Hispanic freshmen stands at 1,596, for an increase of 94, and African-American freshmen total 279, an eight-student gain.” OUT OF MORE THAN 50,000???? Sadly not representing the diverse population in Texas (37.6% of Hispanics, and 11.8% of African-American according to the 2010 census (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48000.html)).”

    Last I checked you have to be intelligent and meet academic requirements to get into the university, not of a certain color to be displayed in an even palette. Get over it.

  30. Bob on September 7th, 2011
  31. @Lulu Pel

    The numbers there are FRESHMAN Hispanics and African-Americans, not overall. If you look a little lower you’ll see where it says the overall stats stand at about 8,000 and about 1,700 respectively. That is still extremely low, however, meaning the campus is about 15% Hispanic and about 2% African-American.

  32. Randy Bernhoft on September 7th, 2011
  33. Go Longhorns!!!!!

  34. AT on September 8th, 2011
  35. Texas Tech will teach A&M lesson, this coming football game! Be ready!

  36. Edward on September 8th, 2011
  37. TT…

    That percentage is out of the Freshman 8,000 or so….not the 50,000 students enrolled.

  38. LC on September 8th, 2011
  39. bob> Sadly not representing the diverse population in Texas (37.6% of Hispanics, and 11.8% of African-American according to the 2010 census

    Q: What percentage of Hispanic and African-American high school graduates in Texas would qualify academically (grades, SAT scores, class rank) for admission to A&M? Sadly, those numbers are probably much lower and must be addressed first.

  40. Ag-96 on September 8th, 2011
  41. Thank you, Lulu!

    I work with international faculty every day who are committed to advancing the research output and capabilities of Texas A&M. When they succeed, so does the University. I also love how our students have become much more socially aware than in decades past – although I agree with skisright that the traditions seem to be fading. I miss hearing (and replying) “Howdy!” each time I pass a student on campus.

    We in Bryan/College Station and surrounding areas depend on the University’s quality and reputation, so anything we as residents can to do facilitate its growth will benefit us in the long run. Vote for commissioners and councilmembers who will implement sustainable growth strategies in the area!!! If you’re concerned about infrastructure impacts, then the unsustainable sprawling growth patterns in the region must change.

    Class of ’97

  42. Julie on September 9th, 2011
  43. My son is one of the 1,596 hispanic freshman and we are proud of it. His SAT score was off the chart. Why is the race card being reflected. When he graduates in 2015 at the top of his class I will be sure to let you all know! Gig em Aggies.

  44. Anita B. on September 9th, 2011
  45. Only 1,784 Transfer Students? Wow they must really like blinn transfers then because me and all my roommates and friends all got accepted as transfer students this year! Thank the Lord!

  46. Kyle Lewis on September 9th, 2011
  47. Really now! … 50,000 is quite enough.
    Don’t you think?!
    Maybe cap the enrollment at 50K and control it by prohibiting the hoarding of postdocs.

  48. john q. public on September 10th, 2011
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