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Enrollment up at area colleges

By Robyn Claridy rclaridy@new-journal.com
Sept. 10, 2010 at 7:23 p.m.


Student enrollment is up at three East Texas colleges, and LeTourneau University officials reported "record" numbers of new students.

East Texas Baptist University, University of Texas at Tyler and Kilgore College officials all reported an increase for the start of the school year.

"I think our university has seen an increase in students because our staff worked really hard to put ETBU on the map," ETBU spokesman Mike MidKiff said.

"To have an increasing number of new students join the ETBU family is evidence of the quality they see in our academic programs and student life," ETBU President Dub Oliver said.

Although ETBU's increase was 18 students, school officials are still excited about the news, according to a news release.

ETBU reported 1,197 students enrolled for 2010, as opposed to this past year's 1,179 students.

Kilgore College reported 339 more students enrolled this year.

This past year's fall enrollment was 6,375, and this year Kilgore College reported 6,714 students.

UT-Tyler shattered its enrollment record: Officials reported a 282-student increase, compared to the 2009 fall semester. According to officials, the school had 6,201 students enrolled this past fall, and 6,483 are enrolled this year. Students also are enrolling in more courses, about a 2.5 percent increase from this past year.

Although LeTourneau saw a decrease in overall student enrollment, the school had a jump in new students.

"We had a record number of new students arriving, as well as a record number of returning students," LETU spokeswoman Janet Ragland said.

The school had 460 new students this year, compared to this past year's 432, Ragland noted.

She said this past year's total enrollment was 3,386, and this year's is 3,173 students.

The trend is nationwide. According to a new U.S. Labor Department report, more than 70 percent of the members of the high school graduating class of 2009 were enrolled in college in October.

That is the highest portion on record, which goes back to 1959.

Baylor University in Waco has enrolled 14,900 students, the largest overall enrollment in university history, according to official 12th-day enrollment statistics compiled by the Office of Institutional Research and Testing.

Schools breakdown

<strong>KILGORE COLLEGE</strong>

Fall 2010: 6,714 students

Fall 2009: 6,375 students

Increase of: 339 students

<strong>LeTOURNEAU UNIVERSITY</strong>

Fall 2010: 3,173 students

Fall 2009: 3,386 students

Decrease of: 213 students

<strong>EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY</strong>

Fall 2010: 1,197

Fall 2009: 1,179

Increase of: 18 students

<strong>UT-TYLER</strong>

Fall 2010: 6,483 students

Fall 2009: 6,201 students

Increase of: 282 students

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