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Increased enrollment at UT Arlington; residential campus and first-rate facilities are a strong attraction

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - Fall enrollment at The University of Texas at Arlington has reached 25,061, an increase over last year’s enrollment of 24,888. The incoming freshman class of 2,310 is an increase of 175, or 8.7 percent over last year. Minority enrollment continued to increase, especially among Hispanic students, whose ranks increased by 214 or six percent. Asian students increased by 3.7 percent, and blacks by 0.2 percent. New doctoral students increased from 108 to 132, an increase of 22 percent.

“We are pleased but not surprised by the increased enrollment,” said President Jim Spaniolo. “With the university’s growing academic reputation, commitment to being a residential campus and state-of-the-art new facilities, we are increasingly positioned to provide a first-rate education for an increasing number of students. We are rapidly becoming the university of choice for college-bound students.”

Fifty-two percent of the new freshmen were in the top quarter of their high school class and 17 percent graduated in the top 10 percent. The average SAT score is 1063, up from 1058 last year. The percentage of students talking 12-14 hours increased by 5.3 percent.

Student life is emphasized

UT Arlington has more than 5,000 students living on campus, the highest percentage of any school in the UT System. Another 2,000 students live within a mile of campus. This makes for a more traditional campus setting and dispels once and for all the notion of UT Arlington being a commuter campus.

A year ago, the University opened the Maverick Activities Center, a $34.5 million, 190,000 square-foot recreation facility. It includes weight and fitness rooms, basketball court, volleyball courts, soccer gyms, track, racquetball courts and game rooms. Diverse student activities include more than 300 student organizations, a new Maverick Speaker Series launched recently with Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Thomas Friedman, traditions like Ooze ball and Homecoming and entertainers on campus ranging from Ludacris to Rihana to Melissa Lawson.

New buildings, programs attract new students and new faculty

UT Arlington has recently opened two facilities to support increased research activities. The Civil Engineering Laboratory Building, a $9.8 million, 27,000-square-foot building, is a workshop for civil engineering students, professors and engineers from inside and outside UT Arlington’s walls. The new building and equipment facilitate testing of asphalt pavements, full-scale building/bridge components, landfills and foundation structures, as well as asphalt/pavement, underground infrastructure testing facilities and landfill testing capabilities.

UT Arlington Optical Medical Imaging Center at UT Southwestern is an example of collaboration between institutions. About $3.1 million was spent to design and build four labs that will house five UT Arlington medical imaging researchers at the medical school. It marks the first time the UT Southwestern Medical Center has dedicated space exclusively to an engineering school. The project was spurred by the need for human patients in UT Arlington research projects that would yield more accurate pictures of the human body. UT Arlington researchers needed the human patients and UT Southwestern doctors needed the engineers and their design for better technology.

Ground will be broken later this month for the Engineering Research Building; a $147 million-plus, 220,000-square-foot building that will become a hotbed of ideas and innovation, spurring new research with an interdisciplinary focus. The Colleges of Engineering and Science will share this building, which will be the third largest on campus. Construction should be complete by early 2011. Built with a commitment to sustainability, the building is expected achieve LEED Silver certification.

The Engineering Laboratory Building expansion is a $22 million project adds another floor onto the ELB. About 27,000 square feet will be added. It also updates and remodels much of the building. Construction is under way and should be completed by the summer of 2009.

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