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Positive signs seen in spring enrollment

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By Jenna Duncan / Staff Writer

The University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and North Central Texas College all showed drops in enrollment from the fall semester, following a national trend of lower enrollment in spring semesters.

The Denton County campuses for North Central Texas College at Corinth and Flower Mound, however, both saw growth compared to last spring semester, with enrollment up 2.2 percent in Flower Mound and half a percentage point in Corinth.

The University of North Texas has continued trends of steady enrollment figures and currently has 33,712 students enrolled in classes, according to data submitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for 12th class-day numbers.

While the number is 2,509 less than fall enrollment, it is nearly identical to last spring’s enrollment of 33,715 students. Additionally, UNT saw a 0.5 percent increase in credit hours from spring 2013 to spring 2014, said Elizabeth With, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management.

“The whole piece about more students taking more semester credit hours is really the best message of what we have to tell, and we’re excited about that,” With said. “We have more goal-oriented students who are trying to graduate.”

The drop in students from fall to spring was expected, and normally falls between 5 percent and 6 percent.

The Denton campus of Texas Woman’s University was able to retain more students from fall to spring, though the enrollment shows a slight decline compared to spring 2013 and fall 2013.

This spring, 11,507 students are enrolled at TWU, down slightly from 11,568 in spring 2013. The major reason for the inconsistency is because of a master’s program that starts every other fall, and just graduated in December, said Richard Nicholas, vice president for student life. From the program, 120 students graduated and a new cohort won’t start until this summer and fall.

Aside from this, other indicators showed growth for TWU, Nicholas said. From last spring, full-time enrollment for undergraduate students is up 3 percent, and for graduate students up 1.3 percent.

“Basically, we consider the spring enrollment to be good news, as we know one program isn’t there and the increases in full-time enrollment and retention are positive,” he said.

The total spring enrollment for all three TWU campuses is 14,157 students. Of those, 12,806 are returning students, compared to 12,745 last spring.

For NCTC, 5,748 students are enrolled at the Corinth campus this spring and 1,514 are enrolled in Flower Mound, said Billy Roessler, vice president of student services.

The steady growth is a good thing for the campuses, since both are operating near full capacity, he said.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.