Schreiner University President Charlie McCormick reported Monday, Sept. 11, that the university’s official enrollment for Fall 2017 is 1,312.
It’s the university’s third-straight record enrollment. A majority—687 students or 52.36 percent—are from Kerrville, surrounding Hill Country counties and San Antonio.
Contributing to the record numbers are three new first-year campuses in Brownsville, Mission and El Paso where 42 students have joined the Schreiner family.
The first-year campuses are designed to help make a Schreiner education affordable to students living in those cities by greatly reducing the cost for the first year of college. Students attending their freshman years at those extensions will complete the same coursework as their counterparts in Kerrville, either through in-person instruction or online from Kerrville.
McCormick noted, “Our first-year campuses help us continue to meet students where they are. Many prospective students and their families across the state believed they could not come all the way to the Kerrville campus their first year. We decided that was a problem we could solve. We would go to them.”
Addressing a desire for more competitive activities for a growing student population and with the intention of continuing the positive enrollment momentum, Schreiner is adding new Varsity Programs this year. Organized teams or groups will vie with students from other colleges and universities in band, cheerleading, choir, e-gaming, equestrian, and wrestling. The university’s existing shooting sports club will also be a part of the program, but reconstituted as an official team.
Each program will have a coach or coordinator. The university will align with national associations that sanction competition in each area.
Schreiner is also adding track and field to its NCAA D3 athletics program, which is a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Approximately one-third of Schreiner students compete in NCAA sports.
The growing student body is also resulting in more physical changes to the campus. Schreiner has broken ground on new campus apartments for upperclassman that will be completed in August 2018. Plans are underway for a new freshman residence hall to be completed in August 2019.