UHV fall enrollment climbs 4.2%

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Sept. 15, 2013 at 4:15 a.m.

Underclassmen lead the growth of University of Houston-Victoria students living in Victoria this fall.

UHV reported having slightly more than 1,200 students in Victoria this year, according to preliminary, state-reported enrollment numbers.

In 2009, before the university started offering classes to freshmen and sophomores, UHV had 451 students in Victoria.

"We have nearly tripled our student head count in Victoria, mainly by adding freshmen and sophomores," UHV President Phil Castille wrote in a news release.

Total enrollment is at 4,516, up by 4.2 percent from last fall. It includes students taking courses at UHV's teaching centers in Sugar Land, Katy and The Woodlands.

Last year, the university was recognized as the third fastest-growing public master's institution in the nation from 2000 to 2010 by The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2012-13 Almanac.

Final fall enrollment figures and a breakdown of demographics will be released later this fall.

The university has added one new large-sized bus to its shuttle service in response to the growing residential enrollment this fall, Castille wrote in an email.

"Each year, we have ramped up our off-site recruiting efforts to attract more students to Victoria from Greater Houston and the I-35 corridor in central Texas," Castille wrote. "We have full-time recruiters in San Antonio and Austin now, as well as Houston, and we will add a recruiter this year in the Rio Grande Valley region."



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