UHV continues double-digit percentage growth with release of final fall enrollment

Nov. 20, 2010 at 5:20 a.m.
Updated Nov. 29, 2010 at 5:29 a.m.

Chari Norgard, UHV associate vice president for Student Success and Enrollment Management

Chari Norgard, UHV associate vice president for Student Success and Enrollment Management

Final fall enrollment figures for the University of Houston-Victoria show a double-digit percentage increase from 2009 to 2010 with more than 300 of the new students coming to the Victoria campus as part of the university's first freshmen and sophomores.

"This is such an exciting year with our first underclassmen walking the hallways of our Victoria campus," Interim President Don Smith said. "We have new students and programs, a new residence hall, new sports teams and new faculty members."

UHV's enrollment increased 12 percent, from 3,655 students in fall 2009 to 4,095 students in fall 2010. Of those students, 432 are freshmen and sophomores.

UHV shattered its goal of attracting its First 200 underclassmen to the Victoria campus by registering 218 freshmen who take face-to-face classes in Victoria and an additional 101 sophomores who take either face-to-face classes locally, a combination of online and face-to-face classes in Victoria or who have Victoria addresses but take only online classes.

"Students really responded well to UHV's strengths - our location in a safe community, the personal attention our students receive, our small class sizes and our affordability," said Chari Norgard, associate vice president for Student Success and Enrollment Management. "Students also were excited about making history as part of UHV's first freshman class."

UHV already is accepting freshman applications for fall 2011 and so far has received 453 and accepted 33 freshmen.

Fall enrollment figures for all UHV students also show that the university is one of only seven Texas public universities that experienced a double-digit percentage increase from fall 2009 to fall 2010, according to preliminary figures from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

UHV also has grown substantially within the past five years with enrollment increasing 54 percent from 2,652 students in fall 2006 to the 4,095 students taking classes this fall.



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