Despite a late start to classes following Hurricane Harvey, more than 10,500 students have started classes at Texas Southern University,the Historically Black college located in Houston.
The University welcomed 2,018 first-time freshmen in August, up 51% from 2016. All freshmen are taking a mandatory seminar course (FS 102) and are assigned to advisors who will use intrusive advising techniques to ensure that students stay on the pathway toward success and degree completion. There was a huge increase in first-time transfer students, up 31% from 2016. In addition to new students, continuing students at TSU persisted at a 2% higher rate over this time last year, according to college officials.
“Our targeted recruiting campaign. . . along with strategic partnerships with community colleges have contributed enormously to our incoming class and transfer enrollment,” said TSU President Dr. Austin A. Lane. “We are taking a holistic approach to support students from the moment they step on campus right through graduation.”