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Fall 2015 enrollment sets new TWU record


DENTON/DALLAS/HOUSTON – Texas Woman’s University is seeing a record-breaking enrollment this fall with 15,303 students attending the university’s three campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. Undergraduate enrollment also has surpassed 10,000 students for the first time in the university’s 114-year history.

“This record enrollment is a result of efforts made by the entire university community to recruit and enroll strong students, and then to support these students on their successful educational journey while at TWU,” said TWU Chancellor Carine M. Feyten. “I am proud of our achievements in student recruitment and success, and am confident the momentum we are building will continue moving forward.”

Gary Ray, TWU vice president for enrollment services, added, “We have lots of good news to report in our numbers this year, but what sticks out to me is our increase in student retention, growth in new students and the growing quality of our first-year class.”

First-year student retention is up for the fourth consecutive year, to 76.9 percent — the highest one-year retention rate in 25 years. In addition, new students attending the university are up 6.2 percent to 4,288 students. 

“What these numbers show me is that more new students are choosing TWU because of our quality academic programs and our value in the market,” Ray said. “These students also are staying at TWU to complete their education because of our outstanding student support services, caring faculty and a culture of community that sets TWU apart from some of the other colleges and universities out there today.”

TWU’s first-year class also has one of the strongest academic credentials in TWU’s history, including:

• An average 3.2. G.P.A.;
• 33 Presidential Scholars, who are valedictorians or salutatorians of their high school graduating class;
• 16 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;
• 104 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; and
• Almost half (47 percent) of the incoming first-year class is in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class.

Transfer student enrollment is up 1.1 percent to 1,396 students, marking the second consecutive year of growth in transfer students, bucking the national trend of decreasing transfer student enrollment.

TWU semester credit hours are up 1.3 percent to 152,974 hours for fall 2015, compared to 151,067 for fall 2014. Student credit hours, not headcount, are the basis of the university’s state funding.

TWU’s previous enrollment record high was 15,135 students in fall 2012.

Fall 2015 enrollment breakdown by campus:

Denton – 12,557 students
Dallas – 1,389 students
Houston – 1,357 students

Fall 2015 enrollment breakdown by level:

Undergraduate – 10,082 students
Graduate – 5,221 students

All numbers are based on preliminary 12th class day data. Please see attached pdf for detailed enrollment data.

Media Contact:

Amanda Simpson
Director of Media Relations

page updated 5/9/2016 4:57 PM