LU headcount hits new spring record
Students waiting outside of class in the Archer Physics building on February 14th 2017.Lamar University’s spring 2017 enrollment is 14,103 students, an increase of 47 from spring 2016’s 14,056.
This is the highest spring enrollment in LU’s history, though semester credit hours fell 0.38 percent from 152,256 in spring 2016 to 151,674. Senior associate provost Kevin Smith attributed the small drop in semester credit hours to statistical “noise.”
“What we’ve seen are some increases due to the appearance of the online MBA,” Smith said. “We shifted it to an online format and it has paid huge dividends. It’s apparently meeting some demands out there for a master’s in business administration, so that’s a good sign.
“Educational leadership is also online, and they’re up as well. We’ve had a large enrollment in leadership for some time and so this continues a trend. Otherwise, things are pretty stable.”
All colleges experienced an increase in enrollment except engineering, with the College of Business hitting a 5.75 percent increase. The College of Arts and Sciences saw an increase of 2.12 percent. Educational Leadership grew 11.53 percent in majors, dual credit enrollments rose 97.13 percent, and online MBA enrollment went up 38.81 percent.
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