Enrollment is on the rise at Texas Southern University, with nearly 8,600 students signing up for classes this semester. That’s a 5.75 percent increase from last spring’s enrollment. TSU officials attribute the 47 percent rise to new students transferring from community colleges, About 500 transfer students enrolled for the first time this spring compared to 340 students last spring.

TSU allowed students to enroll online for the first time ever this semester, and more than 80 percent of students did so. TSU signed agreements with Houston Community College and Lone Star College last year in an effort to ease the transfer process. These agreements planned transfer credits and data sharing between the institutions.

Austin Lane, TSU’s new president, said in the fall that better relationships with local junior colleges would play a pivotal role in growing enrollment, which has declined since 2012.

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