UHV rates third in nation in student enrollment growth
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The University of Houston-Victoria is rated third in the nation in student enrollment growth, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
"The growth continues to be driven by UHV's reputation for providing quality education at an affordable price," UHV president Phil Castille said.
The ranking is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education, which includes total head count of full- and part-time students.
Among the top 20 universities on the list, eight were other Texas schools with UHV ranking the highest of those. It beat enrollment growth rates at University of Texas and Texas A&M extension campuses.
"These figures show just how rapid and dramatic growth has been," Castille said. "We are serving more students than ever at our sites in Victoria, suburban Houston and online."
From 2000 to 2010, the enrollment grew 141.2 percent. Much of the growth occurred during the five years from 2006 to 2011, with a 63 percent increase in student enrollment.
In 2010, the university began accepting freshmen and sophomores, before then it was a junior, senior and graduate student campus.
To accommodate the freshmen and sophomores, the school has opened two dormitories across Houston Highway from the campus. Ground was broken last week on a third dorm, Jaguar Suites.
This is the first semester UHV is offering a shuttle service for students living in the dorm in response to traffic and safety concerns.
"I hope they do everything possible to educate their students about crossing safely," Mayor Will Armstrong said. "That responsibility falls on the university."
As the school grew, members of the community pushed for the Texas A&M system to take over the school. A bill was filed in the last legislative session for the change, but it failed.
One of those supporters Dennis Patillo, president of Stewart Title of the Coastal Bend, said this new rating is good news for UHV.
"It demonstrates a need in South Texas for higher education," Patillo said. "There's never been a question that the strength of Texas lies in its education."