POSTED: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 6:20pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 6:29pm
Longview, TX — LeTourneau University’s 12th class day enrollment for Fall 2012 revealed a growth of six percent in the total number of traditional students over last year with a total of 1,360 students over last year’s total of 1,283, according to LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford.
Much of that is due to the new class of first time in college and transfer students who totaled 439, which is one of the university’s largest incoming classes, and represents a 13.4 percent growth over last years’ incoming class of 387. This year the university is also reporting that it has seen a 64 percent increase in international students, with 92 enrolled this year, over 56 enrolled last year. The number of dual credit students has risen from 16 to 53.
Online enrollment is the highest ever, totaling 1,067 students, which is up from 1,025 last year. LETU’s online program was ranked the number one online program for 2011 among Christian Colleges and Universities by www.TheBestColleges.org . The ranking website also ranked LETU 22nd among all secular and private colleges and universities that offer online programs in the nation.
Grad school enrollments are also up with 393 students enrolled, over 359 last year, which is attributed to the growth in the number of graduate programs being offered, including in psychology, counseling and marriage and family therapy. Total university enrollment is 2,843.
Retention is also up at LETU. The university is reporting that its one-year retention rate of 79 percent is the highest it has seen in over a decade, and the overall retention rate is 89 percent, which rose significantly since last year’s 82.9 percent.
“Anytime a university achieves a one-year retention rate of nearly 80 percent, it makes a clear statement from students that their experience at LeTourneau is outstanding and that the value of their investment is worthy,” Lunsford said.
Engineering and aeronautical science were the top two majors, but the university has also added several programs in this past year including communications degrees, new math concentrations, forensic chemistry, international studies, health information, health care management degrees.
LETU ranks as the top private university for producing classroom teachers in Texas. The school was ranked again this year in the top tier nationally in its category in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of America’s Best Colleges. LETU was also listed among the 2013 Best Engineering Schools.
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, offering academic majors in aviation, business, communication, criminal justice, education, engineering, health science-nursing, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, the sciences and psychology.
LeTourneau University also offers graduate degrees in business administration, counseling, education, engineering, psychology and strategic leadership. In addition to its residential campus in Longview, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs online and at educational centers in Athens, Austin, Baytown, Bedford, Dallas, Harlingen, Houston, and Tyler.