WICHITA FALLS, TX (RNN Texoma) -Midwestern State University’s student enrollment is up this semester. It is a bump the campus is working to grow even more.
A few days ago the numbers were finalized, and right now MSU Texas has 6,102 students, about 22 more than last fall.
To help gain even more MSU has a new position on campus.
Fred Dietz was named the university’s Vice President for Enrollment Management.
“The opportunity to grow is really across every avenue at the institution,” said Dietz.
Including transfer students, graduate students and first time freshman.
“We saw really large gains in our new freshman class that increased by six-percent,” Dietz said.
How do they make sure that momentum continues? By expanding.
“As you’re recruiting students they want to see the new classrooms, the new opportunities,” said Dietz.
Like the new Health Sciences and Human Services building that is being constructed right now.
Something freshman Carolina Beltran, a nursing student, is excited for.
“It’s going to really step up our game with nursing and radiology and everything,” said Beltran.
Dietz said they are also getting their name out there, which is one of MSU’s biggest hurdles and why marketing is necessary.
“The re-branding of MSU Texas was important, so people new that we were in Texas,” said Dietz. “I think we lost that identity a little bit.”
It is a reason a lot of students choose MSU. In fact, many come from just 150 miles way, like Sky Barron from Jacksboro.
“I love it here, I love the dorms, I love my classes, I’ve met a lot of friends,” said Barron. “I’m comfortable here,”said Barron.
Dietz said when you bring these students from outside of the area it is good for the city’s economic development.
“There are opportunities for them to work in Wichita Falls, and so they can stay, raise a family and contribute back to the community, that’s incredibly important,” Dietz said.
MSU has also put together an Enrollment Planning Committee that will look at things like the university’s recruitment process, marketing and adding academic programs.
Dietz adds keeping the students they already have is also important.
When it comes to looking even further down the road, MSU Texas has even bigger goals that include getting enrollment numbers up to 8,000 students by 2025.