HSU sees consistent enrollment

Sept. 10, 2012

Successful student retention efforts and an increase in transfer students have helped Henderson State University achieve consistent enrollment figures for the 2012 fall semester.

Preliminary figures released Sept. 5 show overall enrollment remains basically unchanged, but full-time equivalency (FTE) enrollment, a measure of actual credit-hour production, and student semester credit hours (SSCH) increased slightly. Henderson experienced a 14 percent increase in students who transferred from both 2-year and 4-year institutions.

“Following last year’s enrollment, I am pleased to see that a significant number of talented first-time freshmen and transfer students continue to select Henderson as their university of choice,” said Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president. “As we begin our 123rd year of service, we are looking forward to continuing our rich tradition of providing an outstanding educational experience for all of our students.”

Overall, 3,773 students are currently enrolled, compared to 3,779 last year. While the number of first-time freshmen decreased, graduate school enrollment continued a gradual, consistent increase. The retention rate for juniors and sophomores climbed by more than 10 percent.

Much of the success can be attributed to Henderson’s strong academic programs and a caring environment. “I believe there are several contributing factors, but the quality of our academic programs and faculty would make Henderson a natural attraction,” said Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president for student and external affairs. “Our very low student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1 allows us to create an intimate academic experience that is very attractive to high-achieving students.”

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