FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DATE:  September 17, 2004
CONTACT: Manuel Lujan, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, (361) 825-5951; Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336
Preliminary Enrollment Figures at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Up 4.96 Percent over Fall 2003
Largest percentage of growth is in enrollment of doctoral students

Officials at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi were pleased with the traditional 12th day preliminary enrollment count taken at the end of the day on Friday, September 10. The figure shows that 8,251 students are currently enrolled at the University for Fall 2004. This total is up from the 7,861 students enrolled in Fall 2003.

Reporting of 12th day numbers is required by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. However, schools have until the 20th day to finalize their numbers which are used to determine the amount of state funding the University will receive. The breakdown by level and comparisons to last fall’s numbers is as follows:

LEVEL Preliminary Fall 2004 Certified Fall 2003 Change Percent Change
Freshmen
1,756
1,738
18
1.0%
Sophomore
1,273
1,187
86
7.2%
Junior
1,457
1,381
76
5.5%
Senior
1,924
1,858
67
3.6%
Post-Baccalaureate
184
166
18
10.8%
Masters
1,531
1,442
89
6.2%
Doctoral
123
89
34
38.2%
Total
8,249
7,861
388
4.9%

 “The largest percentage of growth is in our doctoral enrollment,” Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Manuel Lujan said. “This growth reflects the fact that our efforts this year mainly focused on building our upper level classes for the base period.”   

In the area of ethnicity, the largest percentage of growth is in the Black/Non-Hispanic group which rose 25 percent, followed by a 17.5 percent increase of Native Americans, 8.2 percent increase of Asian-Americans, 6 percent increase of Hispanics, and 3.4 percent increase in White/Non-Hispanics.

“Our freshman class went from being 35 percent Hispanic last fall to 41 percent this fall,” Lujan said. “This was another area A&M-Corpus Christi was working hard to increase this year, especially in the first-year level.”

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers 38 undergraduate programs and 28 graduate programs, including three doctoral programs and five pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, optometry and veterinary medicine.