Growth of Tarleton State University

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Classes have begun at Tarleton State University for Fall Semester 2016, and the total enrollment has increased yet again making this the fifth year in a row. Students are about a quarter into their first semester back (or ever) and getting one of the best educations in the area.


Tarleton State University was established in Fall of 1899 and joined the Texas A&M System in 1917. Now Tarleton offers the equivalent of a Texas A&M University System degree. The university’s main campus is located in Stephenville, Texas with other campuses located in Waco, Midlothian and Fort Worth. The five colleges at Tarleton State University include:


1. Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
2. Business Administration Education
3. Health Sciences and Human Services
4. Liberal and Fine Arts
5. Science and Technology


There are also online classes now available as well as the newest additions: The Nursing Building and a new residence hall for learning and living, which cost $25 million and fits 500 students.


Stephenville has set a record for the consistent growth now reaching 13,063 students. In 2015, there was a 6-percent growth. Now in 2016, enrollment is up another 6-percent. Total enrollment was up 25-percent from 2011 to 2015 and up 32-percent 2011 to 2016, based on the 12th class day report. These record numbers keep Tarleton State University as one of the fastest growing public universities in the state, year after year.


Freshmen enrollment is especially high breaking the university’s record with 2,169 students enrolling for their first year in college at Tarleton. Last year, Hispanic enrollment was up 23-percent and is up again by 14-percent from last year! The doctoral program in educational leadership also saw a significant increase by 13-percent this year after a 26-percent increase the previous year.


The Fort Worth location’s total population is up by 7-percent reaching 1,843 students. This school is also doing significantly well with diversity because 21-percent of the student body is Hispanic and 13-percent is African American. Waco’s campus experienced a 5-percent increase overall with a diverse population almost equal to Fort Worth’s campus. In Waco, 23-percent of the student population is Hispanic while 13-percent is African American.
Tarleton President, Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio commented on the school’s performance: “It’s clear that Tarleton attracts the best and brightest students in increasing numbers,” Dottavio noted. “We are a student-focused university dedicated to providing a real-world, high-quality educational experience at an affordable price at our locations in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online.”

“Our students tell us time and time again that our quality faculty, personal attention and family atmosphere are defining characteristics of a Tarleton education,” said Dottavio.


Enrollment for first-time-in-college students is the highest in Tarleton State University history with 2,169 students. Hispanic enrollment is up 14 percent with 2,388 students, and the university’s doctoral program in educational leadership increases 13 percent with 137 students. One can only expect another year of growth for Fall of 2017.

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