News Releases 2008

LETU Attracts Record Traditional Enrollment

Tue, Sep 9 2008

LeTourneau University’s enrollment of traditional age students from 18-22 studying in Longview has reached an all-time record in the school’s 63-year history, totaling 1,396 students for the fall 2008.  Last year’s traditional fall enrollment set a record at 1,327. LETU reports enrollments federally on the 12th day of class.
The record traditional enrollment includes record retention of 891 students, up from last year’s 861, as well as strong new student numbers of 430, up from last year’s 417.  The university also boasts its largest class ever of dual-enrollment high school students, totaling 32 with 15 of those from Christian Heritage School in Rockwall, Texas, who are taking classes via video conferencing.
LETU welcomed 56 international students this fall, with 19 new international students from its sister school Handong Global University in Pohang, South Korea. The fall 2008 traditional student enrollment includes a record number of female students, with 391 women to 1,005 men. The university’s total fall 2008 enrollment, including students in all working adult programs online and across the state, is 3,663. 
The two majors attracting the largest number of traditional students were engineering (163) and aeronautical science (95), with aero science majors topping last year’s previous record of 91 students.  
"The national reputation of LeTourneau University continues to grow,” said President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford.    “Our student body in Longview this fall is the largest ever and comes from all 50 states and many nations.  We are bringing the world to Longview as we prepare to also send our students out into the world."
Besides its traditional student population, LETU’s Longview campus this year also serves a record number of online students totaling 592, up from last year’s record of 483. Besides Longview, the university offers working adult programs in Dallas, Bedford, Houston, Austin and Tyler.
“The strength of our traditional enrollment on the Longview campus during these turbulent economic times is evidence of LeTourneau University's increasingly strong reputation, not only in Texas, but all across the country” said Linda Fitzhugh, vice president for Enrollment Services. “The campus is further enhanced by our Handong Global University students who will be studying as part of our international exchange program.”
LeTourneau University was recently ranked in the top tier of U.S. News and World Reportmagazine’s 2009 list of “America’s Best Colleges.” LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christian university offering academic majors in the aeronautical sciences, business, education, engineering, the humanities and sciences.