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2 institutions hit all-time high in number of students

Leigh Guidry


The University of Louisiana System saw an increase of more than1,000 students across its nine schools this fall, according to the official 14th day census.

To get an idea of how it grew enrollment, here’s a look at what is happening school by school. Individually, some universities saw record-breaking increases, while others are reversing downward trends.

“Our vision to produce the most educated, prepared-for-lifeand- work generation of Louisianians depends on growth,” UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson said in a release. “These numbers are encouraging, and they do not even include the thousands of students enrolled in non-credit workforce development and professional certification programs.”

Grambling State University

The fall undergraduate and graduate enrollment at Grambling State is 5,188, which is up 7 percent from fall 2016.

There are 926 new freshmen, a 6.68 percent year-over-year increase, and retainment is up, too. The number of continuing students increased by 9.5 percent.

Louisiana Tech University

Louisiana Tech’s fall enrollment is the highest in school history and beats the previous record, set in 2016, by 179. There are 12,873 students enrolled.

The number of students pursuing a master’s degree increased 10 percent, and the number pursuing a doctoral degree increased more than 4 percent.

See RECORDS, Page 5A

“Our vision to produce the most educated, preparedfor- lifeand- work generation of

Louisianians depends on growth.”

Jim Henderson

UL System President and CEO

Louisiana Tech fans watch as the Bulldogs take on Mississippi State at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston on Sept. 9.


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