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September 12, 2013

Blinn posts highest enrollment in College’s 130-year history

School-record 18,413 students enroll for Fall 2013 semester

Blinn College posted the highest enrollment in its 130-year history with a record 18,413 students registered for the Fall 2013 semester, College officials announced today.
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The total eclipsed the previous high of 18,156 students in Fall 2011 and represents 2.6 percent growth over last Fall’s enrollment of 17,945. This marks just the second time in College history it has enrolled more than 18,000 students. Enrollment has leapt 31.1 percent since 2006.

“Our Fall 2013 enrollment demonstrates what an exciting time it is to be part of Blinn College,” said Dr. Harold Nolte, Blinn district president. “Students are attracted to our reputation for affordable academic excellence and our distinguished history of preparing students for successful careers.”

The record enrollment was fueled by 4.3 percent growth on the College’s Bryan campus, which registered 12,771 students. Blinn’s Distance Learning courses saw 3.6 percent growth, with 1,019 students enrolling only in online courses, while the College’s flagship campus in Brenham saw 3.2 percent growth with 2,559 students.

The Blinn – Schulenburg campus grew 9.9 percent to 234 students, while enrollment on the Sealy campus decreased from 180 to 151.

Blinn’s contact hours – the number of hours students spend with their instructors – climbed 3.1 percent to 3,532,448. State funding is based on contact hours rather than enrollment numbers.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reported in its annual almanac that Blinn’s academic transfer rate is the highest in the state and more than 20 percent higher than the state average. The College was also named one of the top community colleges in the state by Schools.com for its positive impact on the Texas economy, and AffordableCollegesOnline.org recently listed Blinn among the most affordable large community colleges in the nation.

Founded in 1883, the College’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.

 

Fall 2013

Fall 2012

% Change

Bryan

12,771

12,242

4.3%

Brenham

2,559

2,479

3.2%

Schulenburg

234

213

9.9%

Sealy

151

180

-16.1%

Distance Learning

1,019

984

3.6%

High Schools

1,575

1,670

-5.7%

Prisons

83

129

-35.7%

Other

34

180

-81.1%

TOTAL

18,413

17,945

2.6%

Contact Hours

3,532,448

3,427,792

3.0%