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WT student retention rates see significant uptick, new figures show – The PRAIRIE

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s sophomore retention rate is at record highs, according to newly released enrollment numbers.

Nearly 70% of sophomores re-enrolled after their freshman year, reversing a trend sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“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 see significant improvements.”

Knox said the 68.5% retention rate from first to second year is the highest since at least 1988, the first year for which records were kept. The number of new freshmen dropped slightly.

Semester credit hours on campus increased by more than 1% over 2021, and semester credit hours for doctoral students increased by nearly 78% as WT’s doctoral program in educational leadership continued to grow. develop.

Additionally, the percentage of students residing at WT’s Canyon campus has increased by nearly 23% in 2021.

The 12th day of class is when public universities in Texas traditionally report spring and fall semester enrollment.

When it comes to all students, 47% of undergraduates are first-generation students, 44 are ethnically and racially diverse, 38% are eligible for the Pell Scholarship, and 22% are online-only.

Growth hasn’t just been seen in undergraduates: WT Graduate School, the number of full-time graduate students increased by about 2%. At the Graduate School, 39% of graduating students are first-generation, 40% are racially and ethnically diverse, and 83 are online-only.

Registration to the Harrington Academic Hall WTAMU Amarillo Center also continues to increase. According to the latest figures, the total number of registrations at the center has increased by approximately 150% since the Department of Nursing and the Department of Communication Disorders have moved to the center of Canyon.

Six individual departments also saw overall enrollment increases.

The Department of Agricultural Sciences now has over 1,000 students for the first time in history, up around 6.5% from 2021 figures. The department is part of the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Scienceswhich recorded an overall enrollment growth of 1.2%.

The Mathematics department and the Department of Engineering and Computer Science both saw increases for the College of Engineering. Mathematics increased by 24.5% and engineering by nearly 4%. Overall, enrollment at the College increased by 6.8%.

The Department of Sport and Exercise Science in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences increased by more than 10 percent.

And the Department of History and the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages each also increased – about 4% for history and about 3% for EPML. The two departments are in the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities.

Another key area of ​​growth is international students, who jumped 10.3% from 2021.

The number of doctoral students admitted to WT in Agriculture and Educational Leadership also continued to grow, increasing nearly 1% from 2021, following historic gains the previous year.

The Department of Computer Information and Decision Management in the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Commerce and the Department of Political Science and Social Work in the Terry B. Rogers College of Education and Social Sciences both were up almost 1%.

Overall WT enrollment was down slightly to 9,275 students, about 3% lower than last fall’s enrollment. Semester credit hours fell 2% overall.

WT remains committed to regionally meeting the needs of residents of the Texas Panhandle, as outlined in the University’s long-range plan, WT 125: From begging to the world.

This plan is fueled by the historic amount of $125 million one west huge fundraising campaign. To date, the five-year campaign — which launched publicly on September 23 — has raised more than $110 million.