Baylor University has hit a third consecutive year of record-high enrollment, the university announced Wednesday.
Overall fall enrollment is currently 15,616 students, a 2 percent increase from last year’s high of 15,364 students, according to a Baylor press release.
Baylor’s undergraduate student body rose three percent from last year’s total of 12,918 students to 13,292 undergraduates this fall, also a record.
In addition, the fall-to-fall retention rate of first-time freshmen increased to 88.2 percent this year, up from 86.6 percent in 2012.
Sinda Vanderpool, assistant vice provost for academic enrollment management, attributes the growth in retention rates to boosted recruitment efforts by faculty and current students, as well as more funding for merit scholarships.
Baylor also began using a software program called MAP-Works to help identify students who need additional academic support or intervention earlier in the year, according to Vanderpool.
“We have been able to make this progress because the faculty and staff campuswide believe that every Baylor student can successfully graduate,” Vanderpool said in the press release.
The release notes that minority enrollment continues to slowly increase, rising from 33.4 percent last year to 33.9 percent this fall. About 8.6 of Baylor’s students are black, 13 percent are Hispanic, 8.6 percent are Asian, and 4.5 percent identify as multiracial, according to university records.