BELTON— The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has seen the largest spring enrollment in its 167-year history, according to the school’s official eighth-day enrollment figures.
A total of 3,049 students enrolled for classes for the spring semester, according to the data. That number is up 195 students from spring 2012.
This spring’s enrollment numbers include 2,700 undergraduate students, 275 master’s degree students and 74 doctoral students.
“It’s yet another year of historic growth for the university,” said James Stafford, a spokesman for UMHB. “We are also seeing an increase in new students, transfer students and international students.”
According to the university’s data, the number of new students increased by more than 20 percent over the 2012 spring semester. The number of transfer students grew by more than 30 percent.
Stafford said UMHB officials are committed to managing the university’s growth and providing students with a quality education.
“We want to grow at a speed that allows us to continue to be who we are,” he said.
The university wasn’t the only local college to report an overall growth in student enrollment this spring.
Central Texas College had a statewide enrollment of 19,332 students for spring 2013, up from 18,738 students in 2012. That number includes 6,210 students at its central campus in Killeen and 2,835 students at its Fort Hood campus.
The college’s numbers also show that 8,590 distance-learning students enrolled this spring, up slightly from 8,553 students the previous year.
Texas A&M University-Central Texas also saw a bump in its spring enrollment this year. The university’s official count for spring 2013 was 2,464 students, up from 2,426 in spring 2012. About 2,059 of those enrolled are returning students, an increase from 1,985 the previous year.