UH sets record-breaking enrollment
At 42,738 students for this fall, UH has hit its highest enrollment yet. This marks the second consecutive year for the university to set an enrollment record.
“This is our strongest freshman class in regard to enrollment and SAT scores,” Richard Walker, UH vice president for student affairs and enrollment services said in a news release. “We are happy to welcome students each fall, and our mission is to educate them and make sure they earn their degrees. These enrollment figures are a strong indication that our graduation rates will continue to rise.”
UH saw an increase of almost 2,000 students from last fall. The number of undergraduate students returning to campus also increased by about 5 percent over the past year.
“We are equally excited that more undergraduates are returning semester-to-semester,” Walker said. “All of these factors contribute to more students graduating.”
According to the press release, the total number of new freshmen has increased 3.3 percent from last fall. Of those new students, average SAT scores have increased to 1150, up 35 points from five years ago.
UH also welcomed 5,166 transfers this fall and saw a 3.2 percent increase from last year.
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors are increasing among students as well, which is part of UH’s Energy and Health Initiatives, established by President Renu Khator, to make the university a nationally competitive school.
“We have so much to celebrate this fall, including a record number of new Cougars on campus,” Khator said. “Overall, we are seeing clear indications that our efforts to encourage academic progress and improved graduation rates are definitely paying off. At UH, we are educating more students and more effectively than ever before.”