UHV preliminary fall enrollment reaches record high

The University of Houston-Victoria has reached another enrollment milestone with preliminary fall figures showing the university at more than 4,000 students for the first time.

“We have experienced phenomenal growth during the last five years,” UHV Interim President Don Smith said. “We’ve added an athletics program, our School of Nursing, new degrees and, of course, our first freshmen and sophomores.”

Preliminary fall enrollment is 4,149, a 56.4 percent increase from the five years since fall of 2006.

UHV first exceeded the 3,000-student mark just two years ago when 3,174 students enrolled at the university in the fall of 2008. Enrollment reached 3,655 in the fall of 2009. The 4,149 students enrolled at UHV this fall show a preliminary increase of 13.5 percent over the previous fall.

“The UHV faculty, staff and administrators have worked very hard to make these last few years so successful,” said Suzanne LaBrecque, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “I am sure we will continue to grow as more students in the Coastal Bend and beyond hear about UHV.”

Enrollment in fall of 2006 was 2,652 and increased to 2,784 the following fall. UHV started with about 100 students in 1973.

Final fall enrollment figures and a breakdown of student demographics will be released later in the semester after 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