UHV spring enrollment surpasses 4,000 mark

Spring enrollment figures show the University of Houston-Victoria is continuing its double-digit percentage growth.

Enrollment increased 13.5 percent, or 497 students, when comparing spring of 2010 to spring of 2011, and UHV’s spring enrollment went over 4,000 students for the first time. Enrollment for the spring semester is 4,188.

“UHV has a reputation for providing quality higher education opportunities at a price students can afford,” UHV Interim President Don Smith said. “It is no surprise that students are seeking out this institution for their undergraduate and graduate degrees.”

Enrollment climbed 13.2 percent when comparing spring 2009 with spring 2010, from 3,260 to 3,691 students. Enrollment grew 12.6 percent from spring 2008 to spring 2009.

Fall to fall enrollment grew 12 percent, from 3,655 students in 2009 to 4,095 in 2010. Of those students who attended UHV this past fall, 432 were new freshmen and sophomores who came after the university was granted permission to expand to a full destination university.

UHV opened in 1973 with about 100 students and has grown significantly in the past five years. Enrollment has increased 58 percent from the five years since fall 2006, when 2,652 students attended classes.

A breakdown of student demographics for the spring semester will be released later in the semester after final certification from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Paula Cobler