TWU increases enrollment for 10th consecutive year
Most importantly, TWU’s total semester credit hours are up 4.9 percent to 145,994 hours, indicating that students are taking more hours. Student credit hours, not headcount, determine the university’s state funding.
TWU also set a record for Hispanic enrollment, which has increased 8.8 percent to 2,422 students. TWU recently has received national recognition from both U.S. News and World Report and Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazines for its diverse student body.
The university’s new freshmen class includes record numbers of students ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school classes. Almost 40 percent of first-time freshmen ranked in the top 25 percent of their graduating classes.
TWU’s enrollment is up 4 percent overall, with increases on all campuses. Enrollment is up 3.5 percent in Denton, 11 percent in Dallas and 1.2 percent in Houston.
Dr. Richard Nicholas, vice president for student life at TWU, attributes the TWU Brighter Future grants for new freshmen as one of the reasons for TWU’s increased enrollment.
Last May, the TWU Board of Regents approved funding for the TWU Brighter Future grants for new freshmen to offset possible reductions in state financial aid. University officials say the regents’ willingness to make these funds available gave students the security of knowing they had financial assistance they could rely on when state grant funding was uncertain.
Dr. Nicholas also says staff deserves credit for the enrollment increase, as they made diligent efforts to work with students individually on applications, financial aid and scholarships, and worked to process these quickly when state funding was unclear.
All of these increases are helping the university near its 2015 Closing the Gaps goal of 14,873 students. The Texas Closing the Gaps campaign is an initiative aimed at significantly increasing the number of students enrolling in universities and community colleges in the state by 2015.
All numbers are based on preliminary 12th class day data. For detailed enrollment figures, click here.
Director of Media Relations
page updated 8/25/2014 4:22 PM