About Huston-Tillotson University
Huston-Tillotson University officials today announced a 12% increase in enrollment from last year and the highest enrollment since the 1952 merger with 882 students matriculating. The increase represents nine years of growth under Larry L. Earvin who became president in 2000.
(AUSTIN, Texas) 9.24.09 — Huston-Tillotson University officials today announced a 12% increase in enrollment from last year and the highest enrollment since the 1952 merger with 882 students matriculating. The increase represents nine years of growth under Larry L. Earvin who became president in 2000.
Increases during the period have also occurred among males and Hispanics. The Hispanic population moved into double digits at 13% earlier this year. The male population surpassed females during the Spring 2008 enrollment when males comprised 58% of the entering first-year class.
University officials credit the enrollment increase to targeted, concentrated recruitment efforts that included face-to-face visits, letters, and follow up telephone calls by not only recruiters but faculty and staff. In addition, scholarship opportunities through programs such as the W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program and Pathway to Academic Success and Socialization (PASS) program also contributed to the success.
The William Edward Burghardt DuBois Honors Program, which is named for the African American sociologist, civil rights advocate, and intellectual of the 20th century, seeks to attract academically talented students whose high school accomplishments indicate their intellectual ability, level of motivation, and leadership potential. PASS, which includes a summer bridge component, is designed to help entering first-year students succeed in college through a living-learning community that includes cultural enrichment, recreation, and group activities designed to promote interpersonal skills and leadership.
Huston-Tillotson, a four-year, historically black, liberal arts University with a 134 year history, is comprised of students from 14 countries, including the United States. The majority of the students are from Central Texas followed by Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, respectively. African Americans comprise approximately 77% of the students enrolled.
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor Science degrees are offered in biology, business administration, chemistry, computer science, criminal justice, English, history, kinesiology, mathematics, music, political science, psychology, sociology, and teacher education. 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, the University is Austin’s oldest institution of higher education.