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Panhandle State Fastest Growing University in Region

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 02/26/2019 Panhandle State attributes its success to new changes, additional programs, and campus-wide recruiting effort — Photo by Bruce Waterfield Panhandle State attributes its success to new changes, additional programs, and campus-wide recruiting effort — Photo by Bruce Waterfield

Goodwell, Okla. — After regional universities’ enrollment reports comparisons, Oklahoma Panhandle State University can proudly announce that it is the fastest growing university in the region. Panhandle State’s increase in enrollment beat out Northwestern Oklahoma State University, West Texas A&M University, and Eastern New Mexico University, and New Mexico Highlands University.

Dr. Tim Faltyn, Panhandle State President, commented, “our campus-wide efforts are producing these history-making figures. It is such a blessing to be a part of this team and witness the great things happening every single day at Panhandle State.”

Panhandle State reported a nine percent increase from 2017 to 2018 and a three percent increase from 2016 to 2018, giving the school the largest growth rate over one year and two years within the region.

Due to improved recruiting methods and campus-wide efforts, Panhandle State has continued to see the numbers rise. This spring, the university reported its third consecutive semester of enrollment increases. Fall of 2018 also saw success, as Panhandle State announced that it had its largest freshman class in university history for the second record-breaking year in a row.

Director of High School and Community Relations, Jade Singleton-Reich said, “it has been so encouraging to see our enrollment numbers consistently going up as we expand our recruitment methods; I happily anticipate continuing to see increases in enrollment.”

Panhandle State’s list of accomplishments over the past few years have been nothing short of impressive. From back to back national rodeo championships, to historic enrollment increases, to implementation of new programs and scholarships, to numerous community partnerships, to national PBL and AITP championships and more, the university has continuously added to its impressive list of accolades.

Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Julie Dinger stated, “We are a university on the move. Next year brings new programs and opportunities to grow and our team is working hard to continue the positive trend.”

Many new additions to the university are expected to increase enrollment even more in the future. The Panhandle Promise Scholarship will see its first semester in the fall of 2019, giving education students the opportunity to receive a college education for free. The shooting sports complex will be built soon, giving students the chance to compete on a Panhandle State rifle, pistol, and archery team. Campus is constantly being updated and renovated, drawing in even more new students each semester.

While the trends continue upwards, Panhandle State looks forward to supporting and teaching even more students in the future.


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Programming Team Wins Two National Championships

Back row (left to right): Jabrel Alexander, Sean Skipton, Jockson Bilbrey, Braxton Dain Hayden Ukens, Steve Martin.
Middle row (left to right): Cameron Branch, Jorge Rosas, Jeremy Norris, Stetson Elam, Gustavo Sanchez and Firas Ghazouani.
Front row (left to right): Tanner Daniel, Lelin Liu, Melody Ethley, Madilyn Rider, Amanda Blanton, Kim Tuttle.

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Alumni Spotlight: Chris Johnston

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Tucker Named Dean of College of Ag, Science, and Nursing

Shawna Tucker —Photo by Chris Urias

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PBL Dominates at 2019 State Leadership Conference

PBL members pose for a photo Friday evening before the awards ceremony at SLC. Back row (left to right): Cameron Hammett, Aaron Hammett, Jorge Rosas, Cameron Branch, John Polston, Hayden Ukens, Firas Ghazhouani, Shalom Ngalaba. Front row (left to right): Jasmine Puebla, Jamie O’Gorman, Esmerelda Castro, Jerriena Davis, Lupita Jimenez, Amanda Blanton, Kaley Conner, Melody Ethley. — Courtesy photo

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Faculty Spotlight: Matthew Carter

Matthew Carter —Photo by Chris Urias

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Staff Spotlight: Dana Collins

Dana Collins —Photo by Chris Urias

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Student Spotlight: Baris Ulker

Baris Ulker —Photo by Chris Urias

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Kain Earns Honors at Crops Judging

The Panhandle State Crops Judging team placed fourth at a recent contest in Curtis, Neb. —Photo by Reagan Schlochtermeier

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SOEA Recognized as Outstanding Chapter

Panhandle State SOEA in outreach — Courtesy photo

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19th Annual Art Auction Sees Achievement

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When Deeds Speak Louder than Words

Coaches gather together during the event - Photo by Shambri Kelso

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Beau Peterson Making Breakaway History

Panhandle State's very own Beau Peterson is a part of the first ever Breakaway Roping event at The American in Arlington, Texas. —Photo by Whitney Thurmond Photography