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SHSU Reaches Historic Enrollment

Sept. 28, 2015
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May

students in the mallPreliminary figures released by Sam Houston State University on Monday indicate that Fall 2015 enrollment passed the 20,000 mark for the first time in the school’s 136-year history.

“The growth of our institution is certainly the result of the dedication of our university community to offering quality academic programs and student-life experiences that are attracting more and more outstanding students to Sam Houston State University,” said SHSU President Dana G. Hoyt.

“Along with the tremendous efforts of our entire admissions team, including those who work throughout the year with student recruitment and engagement, our faculty and staff have played a valuable role in the retention of our students, as well,” she said.

The total preliminary enrollment for SHSU is 20,181, which is almost 3 percent more than last year’s figure. 

The College of Business Administration remained the largest college at SHSU, with approximately 18 percent of the university’s total enrollment.  The College of Criminal Justice followed closely, with 17 percent.

More than half of the currently enrolled students—53 percent—self-reported their official race as white, with 20 percent reporting as Hispanic and 18 percent as African American.

Continuing students make up 67 percent of enrollment, with 13 percent designated as first-time freshmen and 13 percent as first-time transfer students.

Official, certified enrollment figures for Fall 2015 will be reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board next month.

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