SAN MARCOS, TEXAS — Southwest Texas State University’s enrollment has reached an all-time high, the university announced Thursday.
The university reported a 12th class day fall semester enrollment of 21,798. The previous record enrollment at SWT came in 1991, when the university’s enrollment was 21,587.
SWT’s enrollment is up 1.4 percent (294 students) from the same period last year. Students registered for 4,530 more semester credit hours than in 1998, an increase of 1.8 percent.
“We are pleased that the efforts of the university community - faculty, staff and students - to involve and engage students have produced this record enrollment,” said Leellen Brigman, associate vice president of student affairs and director of enrollment management at SWT.
Undergraduate enrollment at SWT increased 2 percent (362 students) in the past year, while enrollment decreased among graduate students (down 43) and postgraduates (down 25).
Minority representation in the SWT student body increased to 25.7 percent, up 3.2 percent (176 students) from a year ago. Enrollment of African-American students increased 7.3 percent (74 students), and the enrollment of Hispanic students was up 2 percent (77 students). African-American students comprise 5 percent of SWT’s enrollment, while Hispanic students represent 18.2 percent.
“SWT has a university-wide commitment to provide higher education opportunities to historically underrepresented groups and to enroll students who reflect the cultural diversity of college-bound high school students in Texas,” said Jim Studer, SWT vice president of student affairs.
Earlier this fall, SWT President Jerome Supple set a goal of 80 percent for one-year freshman retention. Of the new freshmen who enrolled at SWT last fall, retention is 69 percent, while retention of Hispanic freshmen is 65 percent. The one-year retention of African-American freshmen is 83 percent, already exceeding the president’s goal.
The success of the North Austin/Williamson County Multi-Institution Teaching Center (MITC) has also helped boost SWT’s enrollment. The number of students enrolled in SWT classes only at the MITC grew to 327 in 1999, up from 217 the previous year. Another 287 students take SWT courses at the MITC as well as at other locations.
The MITC is a cooperative effort of SWT, Austin Community College, St. Edward’s University, Concordia Lutheran College and Temple College. It offers degree programs and coursework at several locations in North Austin.