Student enrollment at Blinn College this semester marked yet another milestone with a record spring enrollment of 16,407 students.
The college has seen growth every spring since 2007. Overall, enrollment at Blinn’s four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy increased 3.86 percent.
“Strong enrollment for the past four years reflects our ability to provide students a top quality education at an affordable cost,” said Dr. Daniel J. Holt, Blinn President/CEO. “In these times of economic uncertainty, our students are keenly aware that Blinn helps them maximize their educational yield while minimizing the expense of their education. With a 128-year track record of success, we take a great deal of pride in planning for and managing the College’s steady growth.”
Blinn’s home campus in Brenham enrolled 2,249 students and grew by 3.64 percent.
The College’s largest campus, in Bryan, enrolled 11,327 students, an increase of 4.27 percent.
Enrollment officials cite Blinn’s competitive tuition and fees — about one-third the cost of most four-year universities — and its diversity of online courses, dual credit and distance education courses as contributing to the College’s steady growth. Blinn’s High Schools program marked the largest percentage increase in enrollment, at 8.79 percent.
The College set another record for spring contact hours — the number of hours students receive toward their education — which edged up 1.78 percent to 3,083,392. State funding is based on contact hours rather than enrollment numbers.