DENTON -- It's the first week of class at Texas Woman's University in Denton.

It's a new experience for 1,300 freshman at the school.

"A lot of us are coming in here not knowing what to expect," said freshman Brittany Reilly.

But the students have a champion all the way at the top.

"I'm going to visit every class," said university president and chancellor Carine Feyten.


Feyten plans to visit all 49 freshman classrooms this week in person.

She wants to be visible to the students, but it's more than just a greeting.

"You want students to leave with a graduate degree," Feyten said.

In 2010, before Feyten was president, the school's retention rate dropped to a 10-year low.

Nearly 33 percent of freshman wouldn't return to the school for their sophomore year.

"Definitely going to be bumps along the way," Feyton said.

Since then, the university has made progress by cutting the number down to about 25 percent.

But when Feyten joined the school in 2014, retaining even more freshman became a passion project.

"Even if it's just a few we can help along the way."

During her classroom visits, Feyten is handing out business cards that were made specifically for the freshman class. The cards have contact information for school resources, and she even included her email so students can contact the head of the school directly.

"Before you even think about quitting I want you to email me," Feyten told a group of students in one classroom.