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Record Enrollment Numbers Continue At Texas A&M

Graduate program enrollment increased by nearly 1,000 students.
By Jasmine Johnson, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Student Recruitment & Outreach October 20, 2021

a classroom at Texas A&M full of students
Notable enrollment increases include the growth of master’s level, graduate underrepresented students and female graduate students.


Enrollment for fall 2021 at Texas A&M University totaled 73,284, a 3.1 percent increase from last year’s figure of 71,109 students. These newly released figures are the official 20th class day numbers, which are reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

In addition to the total enrollment record, graduate programs set a record with 15,894 students. This figure — which represents 21.6 percent of the student body, including 75 percent from domestic student growth — is nearly a 1,000-student increase from the previous year.

Karen Butler-Purry, associate provost and dean of the Graduate and Professional School, said this fall’s record enrollment reflects positively on the strength of our graduate and professional programs and the attractiveness of Texas A&M worldwide.

“Elevating graduate and professional education has been a top priority for Texas A&M,” Butler-Purry said. “Graduate and professional students make vital contributions to our university in teaching and research, participate and serve in leadership roles in campus organizations and bring diversity to our campuses. Our record enrollment for fall 2021 demonstrates that investments in growing our research enterprise and expanding graduate student funding and services have combined to grow Texas A&M’s reputation as a top destination for graduate and professional students. We look forward to building on this momentum.”

Other notable enrollment increases within the graduate school include master’s level, graduate underrepresented students and female graduate students. Master’s level enrollment increased by 714 students — up 9.8 percent — with female students representing 56.6 percent of the growth. Graduate underrepresented enrollment grew by 238 students, an increase of 8.8 percent, and female graduate student enrollment increased by 8.5 percent with a total of 592 students.

As reported on the first day of fall classes, the entering freshman cohort was also a record-high 12,459 students representing 44 states and 192 Texas counties.

Further information about university enrollment can be found on the Data and Research Services website

Media contact: Jasmine Johnson,

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