Provost Nowell Donovan informed the TCU Faculty Senate in May that 10,300 students are enrolled at the university compared to 9,925 students enrolled in the 2013-2014 school year.
The almost four percent increase in student enrollment is part of TCU’s “Vision in Action” plan. Chancellor Victor Boschini said the TCU Board of Trustees were targeting 10,000 total students: 8,500 undergraduates and 1,500 graduates.
However, increased graduate student enrollment enlarged the student body beyond the 10,000 mark.
“We’ve always been a little over the 8,500 [undergraduate mark],” Boschini said. “But now because of retention, it’s helping on that. We were only at [about] 1,100 graduate students and we wanted to be at 1,500.”
Boschini admits there may be some growing pains when dealing with an excess number of students.
“The biggest repercussion you face is that you want to make sure you have enough professors to educate all those students,” Boschini said.
However, Boschini believes TCU’s larger student body will benefit to the university’s overall growth.
“The best positive is that retention is going up,” Boschini said. “I’m a big believer that people, especially students, vote with their feet, and if they don’t like what’s going on, they won’t come back. Our students are telling us they like it [here].”