POSTED: Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 12:15pm
UPDATED: Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 12:43pm
EDINBURG, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Recorded enrollment at pan American has required the university to add more evening and Friday afternoon classes.
They're even offering courses on Saturdays to accommodate the staggering number of registered students.
In this week's UTPA report, Roxanne Lerma gives us an inside look at the landmark growth on campus.
For the first time in its 86 year history, more than 20 thousand students are attending UT-pan American. Senior Aaron Barrerio, the student government association president, says he's witnessed the Bronc expansion with pride.
Dr. Magdalena Hinojosa, UTPA's senior associate vice president for enrollment services, says the growth is evident everywhere you look on campus.
"It's extremely exciting. If you just walk over to the union kind of mid-day and see all the students or look out in the quad and just watch everybody walking. It is just a happening place to be. It really is an exciting time for us."
Nowhere was the record enrollment more evident that Bronc Round up, the 3 day orientation that helps students transition from high school to higher education. This is the largest freshmen class UTPA has ever seen, 35-hundred strong.
Reaching the university's target enrollment has far reaching implications for the entire area.
Dr. Hinojosa says reaching the milestone has been a group effort. Every department within the university is pulling their weight and utilizing strategic outreach and recruitment practices. Retention also plays a key role.
Barreriro says with the creation of a new university, the growth will continue to be explosive.
The largest growth in UTPS's enrollment occurred in the colleges of engineering and computer science and science and math, with enrollment increases of more than 11 percent and 8.6 percent respectively