It’s official: Tarleton tops 10,000 students

Special to the E-T

Tarleton State University has reached a milestone, record enrollment of over 10,000 students. The official count shows 10,281 students enrolled at the Stephenville campus and at the university’s outreach centers in Waco, Midlothian and the Southwest Metroplex Center in Fort Worth.

The number includes 7,676 students in Stephenville, 1,224 in Fort Worth, 984 at McLennan Community College Waco, 109 in Navarro College in Midlothian and 288 online only.

“Tarleton State University has been serving the citizens of Texas since 1899 and we a proud to continue that tradition with a student body that is the largest, most diverse and best prepared in our history,” said President F. Dominic Dottavio. “Record numbers of students are discovering that Tarleton is a great value because it is one of the lowest cost, highest quality and most student-focused universities in Texas.”

Tarleton’s freshmen class, with 2,233 students, is also the largest in history. The university’s freshmen class has grown 24 percent in the past three years.

“There are several universities that have been flat or down in the number of students this fall. I am proud the new recruiting initiatives we have put in place have paid off with so many new students,” said Dr. David Weissenburger, associate vice president of enrollment management. “Tarleton has been strategic about improving communication with potential students, raising admission requirements and building a positive relationship with students once they arrive on campus. Our academic profile is the strongest it has ever been.”

The relatively low cost to attend Tarleton is another factor for the increase in enrollment, Weissenburger said, adding that Tarleton ranks 30th out of 38 public universities in the state for the total cost to attend.

“That means three fourths of the other Texas public universities are more expensive than we are,” he said. “Tarleton is a great value.”

The university is planning a celebration on Oct. 10 to mark the record-setting 10,000 enrollment.