Blinn, A&M see record enrollment for fall 2018

Blinn College reports an enrollment increase of 3.4 percent across its five campuses from last year’s fall semester, and Texas A&M reports a 1.2 percent increase in enrollment across its College Station, Health Science Center and Galveston locations.

Blinn College and Texas A&M University saw an increase in enrollment for the fall 2018 semester, including 1,500 students on the new RELLIS campus.

Blinn College reported a preliminary fall 2018 enrollment of 19,581 across its five campuses, an increase of 650 students, or 3.4 percent, from last year's fall semester.

Texas A&M reported a 1.2 percent increase in enrollment across its College Station, Health Science Center and Galveston locations to bring enrollment to 68,367 students.

The preliminary enrollment numbers were reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the official reporting day, the 12th class day of the semester.

Richard Bray, a Blinn College spokesman, said the record enrollment is "a testament to a lot of hard work from faculty and staff."

The school's Bryan campus accounted for the greatest chunk of enrollment, with 10,170 students attending classes at the campus.

The Brenham campus saw a 16.8 percent increase in enrollment, with 2,737 attending classes this fall. The increase comes after a drop in enrollment numbers between 2016 and 2017 and is the result of the 135-year-old college investing in improvements to make its campuses more attractive to students, Bray said.

Online enrollment at the community college increased to 2,307 students, a 17 percent jump.

The college's Schulenburg campus held steady with 162 students. The Sealy campus saw a 10.3 percent increase as 128 students enrolled.

The number of high school students enrolled in Blinn dual-credit classes grew 3.2 percent, to 1,993 students in the program.

Last fall, Texas A&M reported an enrollment of 67,579 students in its College Station, Health Science Center and Galveston locations. Of the 788 new students this year, 678 were undergraduates.

The main College Station campus saw an increase of 893 students, including 688 undergraduates. The total enrollment reported for the main campus is 63,694 students, a 1.4 percent increase over last year's fall enrollment numbers.

According to the data compiled by the Texas A&M office of Data and Research Services, 53,743 of the university's students are undergraduates -- a 678-student increase over the fall 2017 numbers. Altogether, 53 percent of the students are male and 47 percent are female.

The Health Science Center had an overall increase of 87 students.

Galveston saw a drop in students, losing 192 from last year's reported enrollment, a 9.6 percent decline.

Students enrolled at Texas A&M's Qatar location are not included in the 12th class day report, but the campus saw an increase of 20 students, a 3.8 percent increase. Total enrollment at the Qatar campus was 549.

In addition to the Qatar students, Texas A&M did not include 451 other students in the preliminary report to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board because they are listed as distance learning or study abroad students, which aren't funded through the state.

Increased student enrollment at both institutions means an increase in funding through tuition and fees and from the state with increased contact hours.

At both Texas A&M and Blinn, contact hours are taken into account when determining state funding. Contact hours represent how much time a student spends in a particular class during an average week.

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