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2011-09-22 / General Stories

Fall Enrollment at Blinn Breaks Another Record

Fall 2011 enrollment at Blinn College marked yet another milestone with a record enrollment of 18,156, marking the largest student body ever to attend Blinn during its 128-year history. The College has seen growth every Fall since 2006. Overall, enrollment at Blinn’s four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy increased 2.69 percent.

Blinn’s home campus in Brenham enrolled 2,810 students, a substantial leap of 15.78 percent. The jump of 383 students immediately filled the campus’ newest housing facility, the $10 million, 300-bed Bert and Mae Dean Wheeler Residence Hall.

In Bryan, the College’s largest campus enrolled 12,342 students, an increase of 1.62 percent. The growth is partly attributed to new classrooms in Building H on the Villa Maria campus-which added to the location’s overall capacity. This Fall, nearly 500 Allied Health majors relocated from Building H to Blinn’s newest facility in Bryan, the Texas A&M Health Science Center Clinical Building I.

The College’s two smaller campuses showed healthy growth as well; Schulenburg grew by 8.77 percent to 248 students, while the Sealy campus increased enrollment to 186 students, an increase of 6.29 percent.

Enrollment officials cite Blinn’s competitive tuition and fees - about one-third the cost of most four-year universities, and lower than many community colleges - as contributing to the College’s steady growth. In addition, Blinn’s diversity of online courses, dual credit and distance education courses are powerful offerings that help recruit students. The College’s High Schools program marked the largest percentage increase in enrollment, at 18.69 percent.

Blinn set another record for Fall contact hours - the number of hours students receive toward their education - which soared 4.46 percent to 3,541,584. State funding is based on contact hours rather than enrollment numbers. With the increase in contact hours edging past the enrollment percentage increase, enrollment officials note that each student at Blinn is taking more hours on average than any prior semester.

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