Update (3:05 p.m., September 9)
Amarillo College officials said 8,786 students were enrolled at Amarillo College on Friday. Officials said that figure was “almost identical” to the number they had on September 9, 2021.
AMARILLO, Texas (KMAR/KCIT) — Officials at West Texas A&M University report sophomore retention rates are at an all-time high, according to newly released enrollment figures.
According to a WTAMU press release, 70% of sophomores have re-enrolled after their first year at WT, which is a significant turning point amid the covid-19 outbreak.
“It would appear that post-pandemic classes, including our freshman class this year, are strong and improving,” said Mike Knox, vice president of enrollment services. “Over the next two to three years, as these two classes progress, our overall undergraduate enrollment should experience significant improvements.”
Knox said “the 68.5% retention rate between freshmen and sophomores is the highest since at least 1988, the first year for which records were kept. ” Knox adds that the number of freshmen has decreased this year.
WTAMU also reports that the number of credit hours increased by 1% compared to 2021, and with the WT doctoral program in educational leadership, the expansion of their credit hours increased by 78%. WTAMU adds that 23% more students are staying on campus.
According to the release, on the twelfth day of classes, public universities traditionally report enrollment for the spring and fall semesters.
WTAMU reports that growth throughout 2021 includes:
- 47% of undergraduates are first-generation students
- 22% are online only
- 83% are online only
- 44% are racially and ethnically diverse
- 40% are racially and ethnically diverse
- 10.3% International students
- 6.8% Overall College enrollment increased
The WTAMU said overall it saw a 3% decrease in student numbers from the enrollment period in the fall of last year, totaling 9,275.
For more information on WTAMU Retention Rates tours, here.