SFA Summer Enrollment

More foreign students and first-time freshmen are attending
Stephen F. Austin State University, statistics for the first summer semester
released today show.

Additionally, more students are seeking certification to teach the visually
impaired, taking physical activity courses, studying to gain alternative
admission to the university, studying fashion merchandising and interior
design or seeking a master's in English.

The number of foreign students enrolled in summer 1 is 59, compared to 37 in
summer 1 2004, a 59.5 percent increase. This semester 93 first-time freshmen
enrolled, compared to 83 in summer 1 2004, for a 12 percent increase.

The College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts increased both
undergraduate and graduate students this semester, compared to summer 1
2004. The College of Fine Arts enrolled more graduate students, while the
College of Sciences and Mathematics increased undergraduates.

Overall enrollment for summer 1 is 4,844, a 0.5 percent decrease from 4,870
in summer 1 2004.

Karyn Hall, assistant director of institutional research, said decreases in
sophomores, juniors and seniors led to overall enrollment being flat. Those
decreases continue to reflect smaller fall 2003 and 2004 entering classes
after increased admissions standards went into effect.

"Our increased recruitment and retention efforts will help us increase
overall enrollment in the future," Hall said.

Stepped up recruiting activities are reflected in more first-time freshmen
this semester, said Monique Cossich, executive director of enrollment

"The communication flow, expanded print and electronic communication and
advertising are not targeted to just one semester," Cossich said. "Students
who show an interest in SFA and want to enroll in summer are given the same
recruiting materials as a student interested in a long semester."

Dr. Bob Herbert, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said the foreign
student increase reflected recruiting efforts by Dr. Leon Hallman, director
of international studies and programs, a climate receptive to foreign
students at the university and word of mouth. An example of the power of
the latter in attracting international students, he said, was that 11
students from Swaziland now attend SFA, compared to only one a year ago.

"I think we're going to continue to see the number of international students
rise," Herbert said.

For summer 1, the College of Education enrolled 1,143 undergraduates,
compared to 1,068 in 2004, a 7 percent increase. The college also enrolled
735 graduate students, compared to 690 last year, a 6.5 percent increase.
Human services and principal preparation programs saw increases in graduate
students, while human sciences and kinesiology reported undergraduate

"We really have worked on partnerships with school districts, community
colleges, and education service centers, not just in Texas, but out of state
as well," said Dr. John Jacobson, the college's dean.

Bill Bryan, chair of the Department of Human Services, said a program for
people seeking certification to teach the visually impaired usually attracts
30 graduate students in the summer but this semester enrolled 60. Most of
the distance education course participants are special education teachers,
who in addition to Texas, live in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Washington, he

Bryan said graduate enrollment in a "blindfold" course, in which prospective
orientation and mobility specialists visually simulate what their future
students experience, also doubled this summer.

Bryan's department has worked with 20 education service centers in Texas.
"They're doing a huge amount of recruiting for us," he said.

Jacobson said secondary education also added a principal preparation course
in Center and increased the number of students in Carthage.

Students desiring to become more physically fit increased demand for
physical activity classes and led to more undergraduate students in
kinesiology, Jacobson said. "With the media attention on obesity, the public
has had this heightened awareness," he said.

Lynda Martin, chair of the Department of Human Sciences, said her department
recently began an ambassador program in which SFA students visit with
students in their local high schools and invite high school students to view
special projects at SFA. This led to increases in fashion merchandising,
family and consumer sciences, food nutrition and dietetics, and interior
design enrollments this semester.

The College of Liberal Arts enrolled 612 undergraduates this semester,
compared to 578 in summer 1 2004, a 5.9 percent increase, and enrolled 66
graduate students, compared to 54 last year, a 22.2 percent increase.

Pathways, an alternative admission program now in its third year at SFA, has
continued to grow and is partly responsible for the undergraduate increase
in liberal arts.

"I think it's the success of the kids in the program," Herbert said. "They
work really hard, and I am proud of them."

Herbert said about 75 percent of the students who enter this "academic boot
camp" are successful in the structured living and learning environment and
are admitted to the university in the fall.

Aggressive recruiting for the Master of Arts program in English and
international graduate students studying English led to more graduate
students in liberal arts this semester, he said.

Dr. Richard Berry, dean of the College of Fine Arts, attributed an increase
of 13 graduate students this semester in fine arts to more students in the
online master's degree program in music.

Provided by
Susan Hammons
(936) 468-2041