COLLEGE STATION, Sept.9, 2009 – Fall enrollment at Texas A&M University has reached a record 48,787.
When including Texas A&M’s two branch campuses, the total exceeds 50,000. Texas A&M University at Galveston reports a record 1,780 students as of the fifth class day. Texas A&M University at Qatar also has record enrollment – 421.
Current main campus registration exceeds that of last fall by 748 students, but tabulations are still considered preliminary. The 12th class day figure is what is formally reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. University officials say those figures will likely change only slightly before the 20th class day, the official period for Coordinating Board certification.
“We are obviously pleased to have so many young men and women – highly qualified young men and women – elect to attend Texas A&M to help prepare for their educational pursuits,” Loftin said. “Also, we take special note that this fall’s enrollment includes record numbers of students from under-represented portions of the Texas population and that the number of students pursuing master’s, doctoral or professional degrees is at an all-time high.”
Comparative figures for other top universities are not yet available, but Texas A&M will likely remain at least the seventh-largest university in the nation and possibly move up slightly in such rankings, university officials note.
Texas A&M’s freshman class totals 8,098 on the main campus including 580 enrolled through a cooperative program with Blinn College. That exceeds the official total for last fall by five students, which means that, when the totals are finalized, it could be the largest freshman class in the school’s history – and certainly will be one of the largest in the nation, officials said.
Graduate student enrollment totals 9,317, a 211-student increase from last year. An additional 505 students are enrolled in the professional DVM degree program at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
A record 6,343 Hispanic students are enrolled this fall, for an increase of 476 over last year, and African-American enrollment stands at 1,621, for a 61-student increase.