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    New/Unique Programs and Partnerships Help TSU's Enrollment Jump, 6.4%

    upTexas Southern University is experiencing one of the largest freshman classes in recent years.  TSU’s enrollment climbed 6.4% for fall 2014 with 9262 students.  The university’s numbers got a huge boost by attracting 1590 freshman and 941 transfer students. Enrollment in both categories is the highest since 2007.

    Dr. John Rudley, TSU’s President, credits the implementation of an aggressive recruiting strategy for the university’s success.   The strategy included a presidential bus tour, led by Rudley, to 24 Texas high schools, partnerships with area community colleges which allowed a seamless transition into the university and more marketing of TSU’s unique degree programs.

    “The key to increasing our enrollment now and in the future will be to tell potential students and parents about our academic programs,” stated Rudley.  “TSU’s unique degree programs will fulfill careers of the future,” Rudley continued. TSU offers degrees like Maritime Transportation that has a partnership with the Port of Houston; our Urban Planning, Emergency Management, Aviation Science, where students become professional pilots and airport managers; Sports Management, and Entertainment and the Recording Management industry.

    Texas Southern University’s partnerships with Houston Community College and Lone Star College (LSC) proved to be successful this fall with 337 students transferring to TSU from HCC and 56 from LSC.

    The Presidential high school bus tour paid off as well.  Desoto High School was the top recruited school in the state with 38 first time freshman students enrolling at TSU followed by Houston’s James Madison High School with 35 and Energized Stem Academy- West High School with 32. The President plans to lead another high school bus tour across Texas during this school year.

    The TSU Summer School Program was another successful venture for the university.  Students were given an opportunity to jumpstart their college experience by strengthening their Math, Reading and English skills. A total of 153 successfully completed the academy.

    “This is part of our mission, to give people an opportunity to attend college,” Rudley adds.  “We are not here to give people a free ride, but an opportunity to better themselves if they are willing to work hard.”

    The College of Science and Technology was the most attractive of the university’s schools and colleges.  They had the largest overall increase with 20.5%.  The School of Business and School of Communication also experienced double digit increases.

    TSU saw a 12.6% increase in Hispanic students and a 30.3% increase in International students with the country of Saudi Arabia leading the way of students enrolling at the university.

    Texas Southern seems to have overcome the 2013 disruption in its steady growth since migrating from an open admissions university in 2008.  The decrease last fall is attributed to the federal government reducing the Pell grant nationally which left hundreds of TSU students with few options to cover their tuition and fees. 

    President Rudley’s goal is to have a 10,000+ student enrollment, with nearly half of its students residing on campus. His mission gets underway with the new 800 bed dormitory. He plans to add more dormitories in the coming years. Statistics have proven that students are more successful if they reside in an academic environment.

    With TSU’s unique degree programs and an aggressive plan for recruiting, Rudley expects to surpass that goal by fall 2015.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Texas Southern University is accepting applications for its Spring 2015 semester.  Choose one of more than 120 degree programs offered by TSU’s 10 colleges and universities.  TSU has six (6) unique degree plans.  They are Maritime Transportation that has a partnership with the Port of Houston; Urban Planning, Emergency Management, Aviation Science, where students become professional pilots and airport managers; Sports Management, and Entertainment and the Recording Management industry.

     

    Register now by going to www.tsu.edu/admissions.  The early Spring application deadline is November 15.