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Enrollment up this spring at area universities

University of Texas at San Antonio

Enrollment at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin hit a record high this spring, with 5,043 students representing a 21.4 percent increase of students and a 20.4 percent increase in credit hours.

Graduate studies, engineering, nursing and dual credit were the highest contributors to the enrollment increase, according to a news release sent out on Wednesday.

“Our goal has always been to offer a high quality education to our students at a cost they could afford,” UTPB President David Watts said. “I want to recognize the hard work of our faculty and staff for their ongoing efforts and innovative approaches to improve student access and success while enhancing excellence in the classroom.”

U.S. News and World Report listed UTPB as a top tier university for several years. U.S. News and World Report also ranked UTPB as the top Texas public university in online instruction in 2013. The first school in Texas to offer a $10,000 bachelor’s degree in select majors, UTPB has now been recognized as the second least expensive Texas public, four-year institution for all college expenses, including tuition and fees, according to a College for All Texans’ report.

Enrollment up at TTUHSC

Officials at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center announced a new enrollment record of 4,230 students enrolled in the spring semester, an increase of more than 6 percent.

The School of Nursing had the highest enrollment of the TTUHSC schools with 1,618 students. The School of Allied Health Sciences had the second highest enrollment with 1,269 students.

The School of Medicine enrolled 582 students. The graduate school of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Pharmacy enrolled 132 and 629 students, respectively.

“Having record enrollment for the spring semester at TTUHSC is outstanding,” Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance said. “Over the last seven years, enrollment at TTUHSC has increased more than 70 percent, while we have continued to increase the academic quality of our students and address the health care needs of the State of Texas.”

TTUHSC is a multi-campus institution with campuses in Lubbock, El Paso, Amarillo, Abilene, Dallas, and the Permian Basin.

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