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Stephen F. Austin University hits record enrollment

By Richard Yeakley
Sept. 14, 2012 at 10 p.m.


Stephen F. Austin State University reported its highest ever enrollment Friday, just one student shy of the 13,000 mark.

The enrollment of 12,999 students is less than a percentage point more than the 12,903 students in fall 2011.

The school predicted enrollment would fall due to stricter admissions requirements.

"We appreciate the diligent work of faculty and staff members across campus who have assisted in university recruiting efforts and contributed to the educational environment at SFA that leads to student learning," said SFA President Baker Pattillo.

One area that did not see growth was that of new freshmen, which fell 5 percent from 3,747 to 3,558, according to a statement from the university.

"The number of students transferring from other colleges and universities increased 10.5 percent, from 920 last fall to 1,017 this year," according to a statement from the university.

Another area that saw growth was the population of Hispanic students which rose nearly 17 percent, from 1,323 to 1,547 students.

For the first part of the new semester, officials though enrollment would land above the 13,000 mark, but as people added and dropped classes, the number shifted to 12,999 students.

"Over the course of the first couple of weeks of school, enrollment will vary due to students adding and dropping courses," Pattillo said. "At one point last week, enrollment was as high as 13,007. It just so happened that on the official census day, with drops and adds, we landed on 12,999."

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