University News Service

Howard Payne University has enrolled a total of 1,384 students for the fall of 2007, a 4.2 percent increase over the fall of 2006, officials announced Friday.

This headcount total includes 1,205 students enrolled in Brownwood and 179 students in HPU’s extended education centers located in El Paso, Corpus Christi and Midland and includes students enrolled in limited course offerings in the DFW Metroplex. Enrollment became official at the university on Thursday, after the 12th day of class.

“We are pleased to report this enrollment growth this year,” said Dr. Lanny Hall, university president. “This underscores the rising demand for Christian higher education and the response of students and parents to Howard Payne’s efforts to keep higher education as affordable as possible. We continue to help families find creative ways to manage the critical investment they are making in the lives of students.”

Part-time enrollment has risen from 111 to 176, largely due to HPU’s pilot program in dual credit programs offered on the campuses of Brownwood and Bangs high schools.

“We are delighted to be offering an increased number of university-based courses at these two high schools. We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with the Brownwood and Bangs school districts in this experimental pilot program. Howard Payne faculty are teaching on their campuses. We are hopeful that more and more students from Brownwood, Bangs and the surrounding area will consider HPU as their university choice once they graduate from high school,” Hall said.

“While part-time enrollment has increased this fall, full-time enrollment has decreased by 35 students, which will cause some budget adjustments for the year,” Hall said.