GALVESTON, Texas — Enrollment at Texas A&M University at Galveston is pushing near 2,000 students this semester, setting a record for enrollment at the university.
On the fifth class day, student enrollment stood 7 percent higher from 2009 numbers on the fifth class day. Nearly 1,900 students are registered this fall as compared to 1,780 last fall.
"We are ecstatic to demonstrate another year of growth," said Donna Callenius Lang, associate vice president for enrollment management and educational outreach.
Minority enrollment, including African-American, Hispanic, American Indian and Asian students, jumped from 12 percent in 2009 to 19.79 percent this year.
"Diversity is very important," Roddy Wolper, A&M at Galveston communication specialist, said. "One of the good things about college is that you don’t go to college with people that are all alike. We live in a very diverse society and we feel the college environment should be as diverse as society."
Out-of-state enrollment also rose 5 percent, and the fish class at Texas Maritime Academy topped the 2009 enrollment by 45 cadets.
Another enrollment count will be made on the 20th class day, Wolper said.
"Our faculty, staff and students have been solid through the aftermath of Ike, and we are poised for continued growth with the opening of our new $53 million Ocean and Coastal Studies Building," Lang said. "The bottom line is we are proud to be a vibrant part of the Galveston community."
The new building, boasting three sea life mosaics in the lobby, houses research labs and classrooms.
"We’re expanding as fast as we can," Wolper said. "We’re a small school, but I think, being the size we are, we offer an opportunity to work with the outstanding faculty here."