2016 News Releases

Texas Woman’s announces record enrollment of 15,665 students for fall 2016

Texas Woman’s University is seeing record-breaking enrollment this fall with 15,665 students attending the university’s three campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston, which is up 2.4 percent from fall 2015.

“I am proud of the efforts of the entire university community to recruit strong students and ensure those recruited in previous semesters persist to graduation,” said TWU Chancellor Carine M. Feyten. “As we mentor, inspire curiosity, model discipline and scholarly inquiry, practice civility, promote diversity and put our hearts into all that we do, we exemplify a #campuswithaheart, and we change the world with each student we shepherd to graduation.”

According to Barbara Lerner, TWU interim vice president for enrollment services, the reasons for TWU’s growth include the largest first-year class in the university’s 115-year history, increased retention of students and more transfer and graduate students choosing to attend TWU.

“These numbers are exciting, because they reflect the university’s commitment to recruiting, enrolling and retaining quality students,” Lerner said. “The enrollment gains in transfer and graduate students show the university is committed to providing students the programs they want and need to complete their degree or advance in their career.”

In addition to being TWU’s largest first-year class with 1,305 students, the class of 2020 also includes:

  • 30 Presidential Scholars, who are valedictorians or salutatorians of their high school graduating class;
  • 75 Honors Scholars, who are accepted into one of the state’s most selective honors programs and take their education to a higher level through honors coursework and service, leadership and cultural opportunities;
  • 13 members of the newly formed Presidential Learning Council, or PLC, who are chosen for this group because of their leadership potential and are mentored by Chancellor and President Carine M. Feyten and participate in the TWU Leadership Institute;
  • 12 Terry Scholars, who are recipients of the state’s largest private scholarship program and are selected from a highly competitive applicant pool of incoming first-year or transfer students and demonstrate exceptional leadership, character, scholastic ability and financial need; and
  • An average 3.1. G.P.A.

First-year student retention also is up for the fifth consecutive year to 79.2 percent.

“Our Strategic Retention Council has been working diligently to ensure student success at TWU. Lerner said. “The first year retention rate is one of many benchmarks we monitor to identify where and when students may encounter obstacles in their education. We are committed to paving the path to degree completion, because we know that if students come back for their second year, chances are they will graduate in four to five years.”

Lerner credits initiatives such as the First-Year Seminar course for increased student retention. The required course allows students to connect with peers and faculty as they learn about themselves and begin to navigate the college experience.

Also this year, for the first time, Chancellor Feyten or Interim Provost Jennifer Martin visited each First-Year Seminar class section to provide a welcome to new students and to set the expectation of success.  

In addition to gains in first-year students, new transfer student enrollment at TWU increased by 1,380 students.

“TWU is known for its transparency in accepting transfer students and their credit hours, which is why so many choose to come here,” Lerner said. “We also continue to make what we call ‘pathway’ agreements with community colleges statewide in order to make it as seamless as possible for students to transfer to TWU.”

Graduate student enrollment also is up slightly with an increase of almost 1 percent to 5,254 students.

“TWU is continuing to provide programs that are in demand in the workforce such as informatics and health care, business and educational graduate programs to help working professionals advance or change careers,” Lerner said.

TWU semester credit hours are up 1.8 percent to 155,699 hours for fall 2016, compared to 152,994 for fall 2015. Student credit hours, not headcount, are the basis of the university’s state funding.

TWU’s previous 12th class day enrollment record high was 15,303 students in fall 2015.

Fall 2016 enrollment breakdown by campus:

Denton – 12,917 students
Dallas – 1,387 students
Houston – 1,361 students

Fall 2016 enrollment breakdown by level:

Undergraduate – 10,411 students
Graduate – 5,254 students

All numbers are based on preliminary 12th class day data. Please see Fall 2016 12th Class Day Data for detailed enrollment numbers. 

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