Applications to UHV more than double from last January


Feb. 8, 2011 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 7, 2011 at 8:08 p.m.

The University of Houston-Victoria has more than doubled its freshmen admissions applications compared to January 2010.

At Tuesday's Victoria Partnership meeting, Margaret Rice, UHV chief of staff, announced that as of Jan. 21, the school received 1,000 freshmen applications compared to 377 a year ago.

Most students come from Bexar, Harris and Cameron counties and about 65 percent are Hispanic. Rice said many of the students are attracted to Victoria because of its low tuition, small-town appeal and proximity to larger cities.

"We always felt like our attraction would be our location, our affordability, the size of the community we are and that as proven to be true," she said.

The school has no application deadline and Rice said she was not sure if the school would create a cap for applications.

So far, UHV has accepted 103 of the students who've applied by Jan. 21 compared to 57 at the same time last year. Rice said it is still early to tell what the final number of incoming students will be.

"Even after applications are approved, they may have their approval from several universities, and then they make their choice," Rice said.

When some asked about student awareness of a possible university system switch, Rice also said she did not know.

"I don't hear a lot of the conversation about that," she said.

When or where the university would build additional academic buildings still is untold. Rice said she did not have enough information on the topic, but said student housing would be handled by moving about 180 current Jaguar Hall occupants into apartments within walking distance. Then, the dorm will have enough space to hold about 300 students, she said.

Rice said few UHV freshmen come from the top 10 percent of their high school class, but the school will look "more carefully" at academic achievements as it grows, Rice said.



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