SAN MARCOS, TEXAS — Southwest Texas State University has surpassed its record enrollment of last year, the university announced Thursday.
The university reported a 12th class day fall semester enrollment of 22,462. Last year’s record enrollment was 21,798. SWT‘s enrollment is up 3 percent (664 students) from the same period last year. Students registered for 6,402 more semester credit hours than in 1999, an increase of 2.5 percent. SWT is well on its way to reaching its enrollment target of about 26,000 students.
"We are pleased that university faculty, staff and students worked together to help SWT achieve another record enrollment," said Joanne Smith, associate vice president for student affairs.
Undergraduate enrollment at SWT increased 3 percent (571 students) in the past year. Graduate enrollment increased 1.8 percent (41 students) and postgraduates increased 2.9 percent (52 students). New freshman enrollment also increased by 3 percent (76 students) from the same period last year.
Minority representation in the SWT student body increased to 26.2 percent, up from 25.7 percent last year. Enrollment of Hispanic students increased 3.7 percent (149 students), and the enrollment of African-American students was up 6.2 percent (67 students). Asian/Pacific Islander graduate students nearly doubled, with an increase of 95.9 percent.
Smith said, “SWT is now serving more than 4,000 Hispanic students which is another new record for the university. Diversity in our campus community helps to strengthen the overall quality of education students receive at SWT. We are pleased that our minority representation continues to increase each year.”
SWT is moving toward a goal of 80 percent for one-year freshman retention set by university President Jerome Supple. Retention of the new freshmen who enrolled at SWT last fall is 74 percent compared to 69 percent retention for the Fall 1998 freshmen. Hispanic freshmen retention is 75 percent and the one-year retention of African American freshmen remained constant at 83 percent, already exceeding the president‘s goal.
The success of the North Austin/Williamson County Multi-Institution Teaching Center (MITC) helped boost SWT‘s enrollment. The number of students enrolled in SWT classes only at the MITC is 421, up from 327 the previous year. Another 406 students take SWT courses at the MITC and the SWT San Marcos campus. The MITC is a cooperative effort of SWT, Austin Community College, Concordia University at Austin, and Temple College at Taylor. It offers degree programs and coursework at several locations in North Austin.