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TWU, NCTC report rise in enrollment

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By Rachel Mehlhaff / Staff Writer

Enrollment at Texas Woman’s University and North Central Texas College is up compared to last fall.

TWU enrollment grew by 2.7 percent, with 15,135 students enrolled this semester.

NCTC hit the 10,000 mark, with 10,175 students enrolled, a 2.6 percent increase systemwide.

The University of North Texas started later, and its enrollment numbers are expected to be released today.

Richard Nicholas, TWU’s vice president for student life, attributed the growth to retention rates, which are up 1.4 percent, an increase in transfer students and the largest freshman class in TWU’s history.

This year’s enrollment number places TWU even closer to attaining its 2015 requirements for Closing the Gaps, a statewide plan to increase the number of students enrolled in college.

TWU’s goal is 15,417 students, Nicholas said.

“We’re running about two years ahead of reaching our goal,” he said.

The 12th-day enrollment numbers are an unofficial count until the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board verifies them later this fall.

“The freshman class had the highest percentage of growth,” Nicholas said.

Enrollment for the freshman class is up 13.5 percent over last year.

Transfer enrollment is up 10 percent, with 1,502 students.

Retention is up 1.4 percent over last year, with 10,888 returning students.

Enrollment at the Denton campus is 12,416. Enrollment at the Dallas campus is 1,446. And enrollment at the Houston campus is 1,273.

TWU’s credit hours, which determine the amount of state funding the university receives, are up 2.8 percent to 150,083.

Students in the North Texas area are deciding to stay closer to home, and TWU is benefiting, Nicholas said.

“Affordability is the No. 1 way families choose,” he said.

Billy Roessler, vice president of student services at NCTC, attributed the college’s growth to filling a need for students and being affordable.

Having 10,000 students at the census date is a milestone for NCTC, he said. The census date enrollment is an unofficial count until the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board verifies it later in the fall.

All of NCTC’s campuses saw growth.

The Corinth campus enrollment rose to 5,870 students.

“Our Corinth campus is maxed out,” Roessler said. The campus doesn’t have any plans to expand because NCTC doesn’t collect taxes in Denton County. The college’s main campus is in Gainesville, which is in Cooke County.

NCTC’s newest campus in Flower Mound had enrollment growth of 28.1 percent, with 1,624 students enrolled.

RACHEL MEHLHAFF can be reached at 940-566-6889. Her e-mail address is .