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Friday, October 23, 2020

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UH experiences record-breaking enrollment numbers


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UH enrollment numbers are up by 3.6 percent since last fall. | File photo/The Cougar

More students are enrolled at UH than ever before, according to the University.

Preliminary numbers indicated the enrollment is 40,959 students as of the 12th day of classes. This represents a 3.6 percent growth since last fall.

“We are continuing to broaden our overall excellence, which includes enhancing the undergraduate education experience and improving our college completion rate,” President Renu Khator said in a press release. “Our record enrollment reflects the undeniable, palpable energy on display on our campus. It is an exciting time to be a Cougar.”

The newly introduced UHin4 program gives incoming freshmen the chance to opt into four-year fixed tuition and has also had an effect on the enrollment numbers. Incoming freshmen are taking more classes — an average of 14.44 semester credit hours — than the average undergraduate, who is enrolled in 12.06 credit hours.

“UHin4 is good for the students and for the University as more and more emphasis is being put on performance-based funding,” Provost Paula Myrick Short said. “We will continue to evaluate innovative and impactful programs that increase student success, including graduation rates, and contribute to a positive student experience.”

This fall also marks a record number of students that are living on campus. UH has the second-highest number of on-campus beds — 8,008 — in Texas.

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