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LETU Announces Fall 2010 Enrollment, Largest Incoming Class


LeTourneau University's Fall 2010 incoming class made history as the largest the university has ever added to its traditional program at the Longview campus, with 460 new students, compared to 432 last year. This year, the school also enjoyed a record number of applications and campus visits.

"A record number of new students arriving, as well as a record number of last fall's students returning, indicates that LETU is on a trajectory for future enrollment growth, and with each student comes increasing impact on workplaces around the world," said LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford. "We are pleased to attract these students to Longview and know that when they leave, they will take their experiences here in East Texas with them as they serve wherever God calls them all across the globe."

The two majors attracting the largest number of new students are engineering with 148 and aeronautical science with 99, with aero science majors topping last year's previous record of 95 incoming students. LETU's new partnership program in nursing and health sciences, in cooperation with UT-Tyler, yielded 15 new students. Air Traffic Control, brought in 37 new students, up from 18 new ATC students in its first year. LETU was the first university in Texas approved by the FAA to offer the ATC program.

The average composite ACT score of the incoming freshmen class is 25.4, and the average SAT score is 1160.Average state scores are 20.8 for the ACT and 992 for the SAT.

First-time college students from Texas continue to increase with nearly 60 percent being from within the state. National trends indicate that many students this year are choosing colleges closer to home. Rounding out the top 10 states that sent the most students to LETU are California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Oregon, Virginia, Alaska, Kansas and Florida.

More than 60 percent of the incoming students arrived with college credits already, many from dual credit courses while still in high school, an increasing national trend. Home schooled students represent 19 percent of the new LETU fall class members.

"In May, we had a record number of graduates in our traditional program, with almost 60 more than the previous year," said Linda Fitzhugh, vice president for Enrollment Services. "Our percentage of 2009 freshman who returned this fall reached an all-time record as well."

LETU welcomes 19 new degree-seeking, international students, making a total of 60 this fall, from countries that include Austria, Brazil, Canada, Cameroon, China, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macao, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, and Viet Nam.

Enrollment in the traditional programs in Longview totals 1,362 students for fall 2010, which includes special, audit and dual-enrollment. The university's total fall 2010 enrollment, including all students in all the working adult programs online and across the state, is 3,173. LETU reports enrollments following the 12th day of class.

LETU's online program enrollment in its graduate and professional programs also marked a record, totaling 959 online students, compared to 885 last year. Besides Longview, the university offers working adult programs in Dallas, Bedford, Houston, Austin and Tyler.

LeTourneau University was recently ranked in the top tier of U.S. News and World Report magazine's 2011 list of "America's Best Colleges." LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christian university offering academic majors in the aeronautical sciences, business, education, engineering, health care, the humanities and sciences.

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