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Fall 2011 Semester Opens with Record Enrollment

(AUSTIN, Texas) — Twelve years of consecutive enrollment increases combined with the reintroduction of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication highlight the start of the Fall 2011 Huston-Tillotson University semester.  The record enrollment of 904 students reflects the University’s highest enrollment since the 1952 merger.

The updated communication major integrates contemporary applications across multiple platforms for the next generation of media professionals. Also included in the reintroduction is a new communication center that will be housed on the third floor of the Agard-Lovinggood Building.  Funds from the Student Financial Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) facilitated by U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett were used to develop the communication degree program and campus location.

African Americans comprise 72% of the student population with Hispanics making up 19%, whites 6%, and international students and others at 3%.  The ratio of female to male students is divided equally at 50%.

Huston-Tillotson, a four-year, historically black, liberal arts University with a 136 year history, is comprised of students from 11 countries, including the United States.  The majority of the students are from Central Texas followed by Bastrop, Dallas, Houston, Round Rock, and San Antonio.

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor Science degrees are offered in biology, business administration, communication, chemistry, computer science, criminal justice, English, history, kinesiology, mathematics, music, political science, psychology, sociology, and educator preparation. Business administration, kinesiology, and criminal justice are the top three majors.

Formed after the merger of two former institutions, Samuel Huston College, founded in 1875, and Tillotson College, established in 1876, Huston-Tillotson University is Austin’s oldest institution of higher education.