The total university enrollment for the 2003 spring semester is 12,359, according to a demographics report recently released by Troy Courville, director of the Sam Houston State University Office of Institutional Research.
The number of female students in undergraduate programs outnumbers the male students in these programs by 1,586, and in the master’s programs, female students outnumber male students by 560. Female students also outnumber male students in the post-baccalaureate and doctorate departments.
In the College of Arts and Sciences, female students outnumber males by 564, and by 1,800 in the College of Education and Applied Sciences.
In the College of Business Administration, male students outnumber female students by 83. Males also outnumber females by 36 in the College of Criminal Justice.
The majority of students in the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, master’s and doctorate programs at SHSU are white. This ethnic group totals 9,173 students with 5,427 being female and 3,746 being male.
Second to this is the Hispanic ethnic group, with a total of 1,173 with 692 being female and 481 being male. Enrollment for African-American students at SHSU totals 1,663 with 1,015 being female and 648 being male.
The largest amounts of students living on-campus housing are those in undergraduate programs, with a total of 2,460. A total of 2,481 students live on campus and 9,878 live off campus. The numbers of students in each classification living on campus include 1,271 freshmen, 640 sophomores, 358 juniors and 191 seniors. The number of freshmen living off-campus comprises 717 students, and the number of seniors living off-campus is 2,941.
Joellen Tipton, director of SHSU Residence Life, said two of the main reasons why students prefer off-campus housing is that it gives them the freedom to cook their own meals and to have visitors without visitation hours to restrict them.
“Students want to be able to do what they want to do,” Tipton said. “The main reason students move to off-campus housing is so they can have more freedom.”
In total, there are 3,942 students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, 2,597 in the College of Business Administration, 1,442 in the College of Criminal Justice, and 4,738 in the College of Education and Applied Sciences.
The majority of students enrolled at SHSU are in the 18-21-age bracket with a total of 5,629. Second to this total are students in the 22-25-age bracket, with a total of 3,652. Thirdly, 997 students are 40 years of age or older, and they comprise the majority of the master’s programs.
The majority of students studying in graduate programs are studying in the Education and Applied Sciences department, with a total of 1,199. The number of international students involved in graduate programs is 102, as opposed to undergraduate programs, where the total is 75.
The majority of students in the College of Arts and Sciences are majoring in general studies. In the College of Business Administration, the major with the highest enrollment of students is business administration. In the College of Criminal Justice, the major with the highest enrollment is criminal justice with no specialization. In the College of Education and Applied Sciences, the highest enrollment is in academic studies.