Baylor Achieves Record Enrollment of 12,472 Students

Sept. 23, 1997

WACO, Texas - For the fall 1997 semester, 12,472 students are enrolled at Baylor University, the largest enrollment figure in the university's 152-year history, according to the official 12th-day enrollment statistics compiled by the Office of the Registrar.

Last year, 12,391 students were enrolled, which at that time was a record enrollment.

Included in this year's enrollment are 10,597 undergraduates, 1,225 graduate students, 396 in the School of Law, and 130 students in the George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

At the U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences, where Baylor has an affiliated degree program, 124 students are enrolled.

Minority enrollment decreased slightly from 21 percent in 1996 to 20.1 percent this fall.

"We achieved a record enrollment this year largely on the strength of our retention rate," said Dr. Stan Madden, vice president for university marketing. "Although we are not satisfied with our slight decline in minority enrollment we are grateful that it was as solid as it was in the wake of the Hopwood decision."

"The slight decrease in the number of first-time freshmen and transfers is the result of our efforts to improve the academic credentials of new students. This fall's enrollment numbers for freshmen and transfers are actually equal to what we had two years ago. Overall, we accomplished our enrollment objectives."

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