Enrollment drops slightly despite Thrive

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By DANI BARRAZA, Staff Reporter

Amarillo College enrollment has dropped, according to Robert Austin, the vice president of enrollment management. “We’re down 2 percent in enrollment,” he said. There are 9,749 students enrolled this fall.
“I think our generation is taking education less serious than ever before,” Hamza Teodosic, a physical therapy major said.
Austin said the college has not yet seen an enrollment increase from the new Thrive Amarillo Scholarship Program, which allows Amarillo Independent School District graduates to attend AC tuition free for 60 credit hours. Currently, 503 Thrive recipients are enrolled at AC. Austin said he expects that number to go up.
“AISD schools have seen an increase in enrollment compared to their five-year average, so we anticipate that a lot more students will enroll at AC as Thrive students next year. We expect a 200 to 250 result,” Austin said.

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