SHSU enrollment numbers steadily increase yearly
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 23:10
Sam Houston State University is growing larger and more diverse, according to preliminary enrollment data released to the Houstonian Monday.
SHSU’s Fall 2013 enrollment is 19,219, according to a preliminary report by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Total enrollment rose by four percent since Fall 2012. The total number of undergraduates rose by 4.1 percent, but the number of graduate students rose only by 3.6 percent.
SHSU has been growing by four percent each year for 10 years, according to SHSU President Dana Gibson. She attributed the growth to the university’s faculty during her annual State of the University Address.
“This is through all of your efforts,” Gibson said.
She also said in a report to the Texas State University System that the enrollment growth last year was the biggest in history.
The number of white students fell by .16 percent. The number of Latino students rose by nearly 13 percent, which is a 51 percent larger increase from Fall 2011 to Fall 2012. The multiracial population rose by 38 percent.
According to Assistant Director for Institutional Research Amanda Clark, the Office of IE plans to send the finalized numbers to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board by the end of October. The THECB will verify the numbers before declaring the final count.