UHV sees increase in preliminary fall enrollment despite COVID-19 pandemic

VICTORIA, Texas- The University of Houston-Victoria announces in a press release that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the university is reporting a more than 9% increase in preliminary enrollment compared with the previous fall.

As of Wednesday, when preliminary enrollment must be reported, UHV had 4,967 students enrolled, a 9.2% increase from the preliminary enrollment for fall 2019, the statement reads. The overall growth included increases in student retention as well as bringing in new students.

“UHV’s increase in enrollment is an encouraging sign for the university,” UHV President Bob Glenn said. “Throughout the pandemic, it has been a pleasure to see how the university’s faculty and staff came together to continue serving the needs of our students, and our upward enrollment is a sign that our students took notice.”

The School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development saw a 12.1% increase in undergraduate students and an 11.2% increase in graduate students, compared to last fall.

The School of Business Administration saw a major increase of 21.4% in graduate students and an increase of 1.3% in undergraduate enrollment. The School of Arts & Sciences saw growth of 1.1% in undergraduate enrollment and 3.2% in graduate.

The press release also states that in addition to the growth in overall enrollment, the university had an increase in credit hours taken. As of Wednesday, UHV students were taking 46,825 credit hours, a 6.9 percent increase compared with the previous fall.

“A major part of UHV’s enrollment success had to do with how the university handled necessary changes during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jose Cantu, UHV vice president for enrollment management. It has been amazing to see how every part of the university has bought into the effort to move forward despite the pandemic and other challenges,” Cantu said. “The shift to more online learning was so fluid and efficient, and those in every part of the university made sure that we didn’t lose any momentum when it came to recruiting and preparing for the fall. We would not have such strong numbers if it wasn’t for the hard work of UHV faculty and staff.”


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