Baylor Releases Spring 2005 Enrollment Figures

Jan. 31, 2005

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University has enrolled a total of 12,715 students for the spring 2005 semester, with improved retention rates for nearly all student groups, according to official 12th-day enrollment statistics compiled by the Office of Institutional Research and Testing.

Last spring's enrollment was 12,815 students. This spring's 100-student decrease is largely attributed to higher graduation rates and to smaller class sizes for the past two years, but the overall enrollment is above what had been projected for this spring, said Dr. Tom R. Bohannon, assistant vice president for institutional research and testing.

The spring semester's enrollment consists of 10,606 undergraduates; 1,235 graduate students; 363 students in George W. Truett Theological Seminary; and 384 students in Baylor Law School. At the U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences in San Antonio, where Baylor has affiliated graduate degree programs in physical therapy and health care administration, 119 students are enrolled. Another joint U.S. Army-Baylor doctoral program in physical therapy at Brooke Army Medical Center/West Point reported an enrollment of eight students.

According to IRT statistics, the retention rate for all undergraduates from fall 2004 to spring 2005 increased to 94.2 percent, compared to 93.5 percent from fall 2003 to spring 2004. For first-time freshmen, the retention rate from fall 2004 to spring 2005 increased to 94.3 percent, compared to 92.4 percent from fall 2003 to spring 2004. For provisional students, the retention rate stayed at 85.6 percent. For new transfer students, the retention rate from fall 2004 to spring 2005 increased to 89.4 percent, compared to 86.4 percent from fall 2003 to spring 2004.

"We initiated some new systems for tracking and intervention particularly for freshmen this fall, and we're very pleased to see these results," said Dr. Eileen Hulme, vice president for student life.

"I am delighted that the spring enrollment, boosted by a higher than anticipated retention, produced total tuition dollars that exceeded our planned budget," said Dr. Reagan M. Ramsower, acting vice president for finance and administration.

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