Campus News 2010

For Immediate Release
September 10, 2010

Schreiner enrollment up for 5th straight year

Schreiner University enrollment is up for the 2010-11 academic year, despite a tough economy that has had serious consequences for both private and public colleges and universities nationwide. Although the new freshmen class is smaller than last year’s, total enrollment has increased by 3 percent, from 1,084 to 1,117.

“We are gratified to see our growth pattern continue in a year when the sluggish economy has made its presence felt nationally,” said Schreiner president, Dr. Tim Summerlin. “Students and their families are having to make college choices carefully, but we are still able to make a Schreiner education a possibility in most cases. It is exciting to get that much closer to our goal of 1,200.”

Peg Layton, vice president for enrollment and student services and dean of students, cited community support as one of the main reasons for Schreiner’s growth.

“Schreiner’s continued growth is a testament to the academic quality and opportunities for personal development that students experience at Schreiner,” she said. “It is also a testament to the financial support we receive from the community. Without this support, many of our Hill Country area students would not be at Schreiner. When you consider that 26 percent of our freshman class is made up of students from the surrounding area, you can quickly see the impact they have on our enrollment numbers.”

Schreiner has a positive impact on the community as well. It is estimated that the University’s economic impact on the Kerrville area is more than $72 million.

“In today’s higher education environment, the patterns of the past are no longer predictable,” said Dr. Charlie McCormick, Schreiner provost and vice president of academic affairs. “For Schreiner University to be able to report another year of record-breaking enrollment at this time indicates the extent to which we are not just following the pattern of other colleges and universities, but forging our own path. You see it in our signature program initiative and the development of our new nursing program; you see it in our National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) scores that place us in the top 10 percent of higher education institutions across the nation on particular benchmarks; and you see it in these enrollment numbers.”

For more information about Schreiner and its programs, visit the University’s website at www.schreiner.edu.

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