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Blinn enrollment holds steady for Fall 2015

Students continue to embrace the convenience of online classes

September 15, 2015

Blinn College announced a slight enrollment increase for Fall 2015 during its regular board meeting Tuesday night.
Blinn’s enrollment narrowly topped last year’s, climbing from 19,317 to 19,422 students. Meanwhile, contact hours – the number of hours students spend with their instructors – increased 1.2 percent to 3,669,152. The state funding formula incorporates contact hours rather than student enrollment.

This Fall’s total includes 1,787 students in the TEAM (Transfer Enrollment at A&M) Program, which allows qualified students to co-enroll at Blinn and Texas A&M University. Students who successfully complete the program earn automatic admission to Texas A&M.

The fast-growing Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn, which gives talented students an opportunity to pursue their engineering degree while co-enrolled at Texas A&M and Blinn, enrolled 610 students. The Bryan campus includes 549 Engineering Academy Students – including 381 new students – while the inaugural class of the Brenham campus Engineering Academy includes 61 students who will live together in the Blinn College Park Apartments and will take their math, science and engineering classes together to create a strong academic support network.

  Fall 2015 Fall 2014 % Change
Bryan 13,207 13,587 -2.8%
Brenham 2,421 2,455 -1.4%
Distance Learning 1,776 1,259 41.1%
Schulenburg 126 187 -32.6%
Sealy 111 133 -16.5%
High Schools 1,674 1585 5.6%
TOTAL 19,422 19,317 0.5%
Contact Hours 3,669,152 3,626,080 1.2%

Blinn’s largest enrollment increase came online, with 1,776 students choosing the convenience of online courses through the Distance Learning Program. Blinn’s Dual Credit Program, which allows high school students to earn credit toward a college degree while completing their high school graduation requirements, increased its enrollment 5.6 percent to 1,674 students.

Enrollment at the Brenham campus held roughly steady with 2,421 students compared to 2,455 last fall, but saw a 1.8 percent increase in contact hours as students enrolled in more courses. Brenham campus housing was filled to capacity with 1,325 students residing on campus, more than any other community college in the state.

Bryan campus enrollment, including Blinn’s Health Science Center (HSC) and Post Office campus, dipped slightly, with 13,207 students on the Bryan campus, 396 at the HSC and 51 enrolled at the Post Office campus. In previous years, HSC and Post Office enrollments were applied to Bryan campus enrollment figures.
Schulenburg campus enrollment decreased to 126 students (down from 187) and Sealy enrollment dipped from 133 to 111 students.

According to figures compiled by CollegeForAllTexans.com, Blinn students who take 30 credit hours in the 2015-16 academic year will save thousands in tuition and fees compared to students at both public and private universities across the state.

At just $4,974 for 30 credit hours, Blinn’s out-of-district tuition and fees offer students a savings of $3,345 (40.2 percent) compared to state residents at the average Texas public university. The average tuition and fees for Texas residents at a public university is $8,319.

Students who choose to attend Blinn instead of one of the state’s 37 private universities save more than $21,000 over the course of the year. With the average Texas private university costing $26,501 in tuition and fees, out-of-district Blinn students save $21,527 (81 percent) over the course of the year.

Registration remains open through Oct. 21 for the second Fall 8-week session. To register or for information about financial aid, visit www.blinn.edu.

About Blinn College
A comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement, Blinn College has served its 13-county Central Texas region since 1883. With an enrollment of 19,422 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for affordable educational excellence.

Blinn offers job seekers the skills and credentials they need to succeed in the region’s fast-growing industries, and partners with local businesses to provide skills development training for incumbent employees. Each year, Blinn programs and students make a $345.3 million impact on the local economy.

For more information about Blinn College and exciting student success initiatives such as Destination Success: First-Year Focus and the Blinn TEAM Program, visit www.blinn.edu or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.