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Blinn sees slight enrollment dip for Spring 2017 semester

Despite overall decline, registration increases for Blinn’s Brenham, Schulenburg, dual credit, and online courses

February 6, 2017

Blinn College enrolled 17,744 students for the Spring 2017 semester, down 0.7 percent from last year’s record Spring enrollment of 17,876.

Campus Spring 2017 Spring 2016 Difference % Change
Dual Credit 2,030 1,773 257 14.5%
Brenham 2,113 2,027 86 4.2%
Bryan 10,620 11,516 (896) -7.8%
Distance Learning 2,203 1,921 282 14.7%
Schulenburg 133 109 24 22%
Sealy 100 113 (13) -11.5%
Health Science Center 375 238 137 57.6%
TOTAL 17,744 17,876 (132) -0.7%
Contact Hours 3,149,664 3,248,947 (99,283) -3.1%

The College continued to see the number of students enrolling in online courses increase, as 2,203 enrolled only for online courses, a 14.7 percent increase over the previous year.

Blinn’s dual credit enrollment also saw a significant increase, as 2,030 students registered for dual credit courses that simultaneously satisfy the requirements for high school graduation.

Blinn’s Brenham Campus saw a 4.2 percent enrollment increase to 2,113 students, and the Schulenburg Campus experienced 22 percent growth with 133 students registered. Blinn’s Health Science Center Campus, located in Bryan, enrolled 375 students as some programs were counted toward that campus rather than the Bryan Campus for the first time this semester. Enrollment on the Bryan Campus declined 7.8 percent to 10,620, and the Sealy Campus experienced a slight dip to 100 students.

Blinn experienced a 3.1 percent decrease in contact hours.

The College is coming off a Fall 2016 semester in which it enrolled a school-record 19,422 students, marking the ninth time Blinn has posted record Fall enrollment in the last 10 years.

Blinn currently is preparing for future growth with the development of new facilities in Bryan and Brenham. In May 2016, the Blinn Board of Trustees accepted an invitation from The Texas A&M University System to partner at the RELLIS Campus as part of the multi-institutional Gateway Education Center. The new campus will establish a new educational community combining a major university system and a community college at a single physical location, and will allow Blinn students to transfer seamlessly to leading universities throughout The Texas A&M System in the years to come.

Blinn’s board also has approved a new student housing facility for the Brenham campus that will accommodate 465 students. The Blinn-Brenham campus currently houses 1,326 students, more than any other community college in the state. Despite this, approximately 925 students were placed on the housing waiting list last summer.

Located at the corner of Saeger Street and Old Mill Creek Road, the project will be funded by National Campus and Community Development (NCCD)-Blinn College Properties, LLC, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to provide tax-exempt financing specifically for this project. NCCD is applying for funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and revenues from the housing facility will be used to pay for the facility’s construction. NCCD has entered into a 40-year ground lease with Blinn, and the facility will revert to the College at the end of the lease.

According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s CollegeForAllTexans.com, out-of-district Blinn students taking 30 credit hours during the 2016-17 academic year will save $3,835, or 44.3 percent, in tuition and fees compared to state residents at the average Texas public university.
Registration for 8-week Spring courses remains available through March 8. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu.