(AUSTIN) – Preliminary headcount enrollment at the Texas State University System’s eight component institutions reached an all-time high of 82,965 this fall, an increase of more than 1,600 students, or two percent, since last fall. Over the past five years, TSUS institutions have added more than 7,700 students, an increase of 10 percent.
“Enrollment growth at our colleges and universities suggests students continue to see college as a worthwhile investment,” said TSUS Chancellor Brian McCall. “It validates our efforts to enhance the value of a college degree by keeping tuition as low possible, while offering degree programs that prepare our graduates for good careers.”
TSUS has the highest percentage of graduates working or continuing their education in Texas one year after graduation of any university system in Texas. At the same time, the system’s average tuition and fees are nine percent below the state average and administrative costs per student are 25 percent below the state average.
Of the eight TSUS institutions, Sul Ross State University experienced the largest percentage increase in enrollment. Sul Ross experienced a slump in enrollment during the recent Permian Basin oil and gas boom, but has now has fully recovered. Sul Ross reported its highest enrollment in five years with 2,027 students this fall, an increase of 4.5 percent over fall 2014.