Saturday, November 14, 2009
Black male enrollment on the rise at Tenn State
Tennessee State University is bucking a national trend of fewer black males on college campuses. Since 1999 black male enrollment at TSU has increased by 53 students from 2381 to 2434 in 2004.
Last year a little more than 100 black males were freshman at TSU, and this year there were more than 500.
"One of the largest freshman classes that we've had in over 5 years," said interim director of financial aid office Amy Wood.
Wood believed several factors contributed to the enrollment bump. Included among them, increased marketing and no doubt the economic downtown.
"They're realizing that the planning has to start a little sooner," said Wood.
TSU has also seen an overall enrollment bump. The university has a combination of nearly 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students.