BRYAN, COLLEGE, STATION, Texas — The 11 universities in The Texas A&M University System added more students than any other public university system in the state this year, according to fresh data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The A&M System’s fall 2023 enrollment of 154,865 students was 5,850 more than last year’s enrollment across all 11 universities.
“These enrollment numbers are proof our commitment to making higher education both accessible and affordable is working,” said John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. “This is great news for the A&M System and great news for Texas.”
The University of North Texas System came in second, with an increase of 2,499 to bring its total student enrollment to 50,549. The University of Texas System came in third, with just 1,940 more students enrolled to bring its total enrollment to 240,845.
Texas A&M University had the highest numerical increase with 2,433 more students, growing from 67,165 in 2022 to 69,598 in 2023.
The A&M System had seven of the top 12 highest percentage increases in enrollment from fall 2022 to fall 2023 for public universities in Texas.
And Texas A&M University-Commerce had the highest percentage increase at 12.5%, increasing from 10,754 students in fall 2022 to 12,094 in fall 2023.
Joining A&M-Commerce in the top 12 were Texas A&M University-Kingsville (4th at 8.3%), Prairie View A&M University (6th at 5.7%), Texas A&M University-San Antonio (8th at 4.3%), Texas A&M International University (10th at 3.64%), TAMU (11th at 3.62%), and Tarleton State University (12th at 3.3%).
The UNT System and its two universities had the highest percentage increase of 5.2%, while the A&M System had an overall increase of 3.93% from fall 2022 to fall 2023. The UT System experienced a 0.8% increase in student enrollment from fall 2022 to fall 2023.
Public universities in Texas collectively increased enrollment by 11,140 (1.7%) from 666,322 in fall 2022 to 677,462 in fall 2023.
Higher education enrollment in Texas rose by 37,808 students (2.53%) from fall 2022 (1,494,662) to fall 2023 (1,532,470). The fall 2023 total is more than 42,000 students higher than the fall 2021 total of 1,490,079. Public community and state colleges saw the highest numerical increase for a specific sector, continuing to rebound from post-pandemic losses by adding 23,736 more students in fall 2023 (676,141) when compared with fall 2022 (652,405).
“In general, the fall 2023 enrollment data from the coordinating board are promising, as Texas outpaced the national average of a 2 % increase in enrollment from fall 2022 to fall 2023 across all higher education sectors,” said Blake Decker, associate vice chancellor of data science for The Texas A&M University System.
All data shared above come directly from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s data website that includes preliminary enrollment through the census date for the current semester.
About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $7.8 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies, and the RELLIS Campus, the Texas A&M System educates more than 153,000 students and makes more than 23 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceed $1 billion and help drive the state’s economy.
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