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Prairie View A&M University Welcomes Its Largest Freshman Class

Prairie View, Texas–Prairie View A&M University is welcoming its largest freshman class. The university’s freshman, which hail from Texas and across the world, have the university’s full attention as it settles in as the largest freshman class— ever.

Prairie View A&M University students in front of the Memorial Student Center

As of 10 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, PVAMU counted 8,543 enrolled students. Since Fall 2006, the university’s enrollment has climbed and this fall, first- year student enrollment at PVAMU jumped nearly 27.3 percent to 1,648 students. Fall 2008, first-year student enrollment was 1,294. Uncertified overall enrollment for this academic year has peaked at 8,761 students.

The fall 2009 overall enrollment reflects an increase in Prairie View A&M’s growing doctoral degree programs and the university’s robust recruitment strategies to attract bright students. The recent success of the PVAMU athletics department and the Marching Storm band’s performance in the 2009 Rose Parade have also helped contribute to the university’s increased enrollment and public profile.

Prairie View A&M President George C. Wright said, “We are pleased to welcome our new students to Prairie View. They are the largest incoming class and we’re committed to helping them reach their full potential.”

Prairie View largest freshmen class 2009

This fall, Prairie View A&M was named by U.S. News and World Report, as one of the top historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for students. Additionally, The university’s Whitlowe R. Green College of Education, recently gained reaccreditation from The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is expecting to attract more master’s degree students. Princeton University scholar, James A. Wilson Jr., joins this year’s freshman class as the university’s honors program director, a program that PVAMU is preparing to bring back to its academic offerings.

About Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View A&M University was founded in 1876 and is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in Texas. With an established reputation for producing engineers, business leaders, nurses and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degree programs through eight colleges and schools. The university recently named its College of Engineering in honor of PVAMU alumnus Roy G. Perry and the University’s marching band, The Marching Storm, was featured as the lead band in the 2009 Rose Parade. A member of The Texas A&M University System, the university is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research and service. During the university’s 132-year history, more than 50,000 academic degrees have been awarded. For more information regarding PVAMU, visit

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