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Release date: September 23

Wayland fall enrollment reflects nearly 4 percent increase

The Wayland Baptist University system has 5,778 students enrolled this fall, up nearly four percent from last fall's total of 5,566. Specifically, the system grew 3.81 percent in head count and 3.65 percent in credit hours.

The system includes Wayland's home campus in Plainview - which had an increase of nine students, bringing the enrollment to 1,002 - as well as 11 external campuses. Those campuses are located in Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico and in four other locations in Texas.

Much of the system's growth came from enrollment leaps at a few of the external campuses. In particular, the campus in Albuquerque, N.M. experienced a 61.9 percent jump in enrollment, bringing the fall count to 136. Wayland's Hawaii campus also experienced significant growth, with a 24.94 percent increase bringing its fall total to 521. The campus in Clovis, N.M. saw nearly a 20 percent jump in their fall numbers with 235 students enrolled.

Enrollment breakdowns by campus is as follows: Anchorage, Alaska: 452; Fairbanks, Alaska: 184; Phoenix, Ariz.: 187; Sierra Vista, Ariz.: 120; Hawaii: 521; Albuquerque, N.M.: 136; Clovis, N.M.: 235; Amarillo: 174; Lubbock: 649; San Antonio: 1,414; and Wichita Falls: 625 (includes 62 enrolled at Altus Air Force Base site in Oklahoma). Wayland's Virtual Campus had 582 enrolled for the fall.

Credit hours systemwide jumped from 37,867 from 2001 to 39,249 currently.