ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington today announces an
all-time record enrollment of 32,956 students this fall and a larger freshmen
class with a stronger academic profile than ever before.
Preliminary fall census reports show striking growth at UT
Arlington - enrollment is up 31 percent from fall 2008, when the University was
home to 25,085 students. UT Arlington has been the fastest-growing institution
in The University of Texas System and the fastest growing among Texas' seven
emerging research institutions.
The University also is attracting more top high school
scholars - 29 percent of this fall's first-time, full-time freshmen ranked in
the top 10 percent of their high school class, up from 25 percent the previous
year. Those students achieved an average SAT score of 1077, up from 1071 the
previous fall. And more students are continuing at UT Arlington, with 73
percent of last year's freshmen class returning for their sophomore year,
another indicator of future academic success.
UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said the dramatic
enrollment numbers demonstrate a growing awareness among students and their
families that the University is "a vibrant community where you can earn a
"We've been planning for this growth, and we're adding
facilities and faculty to provide for our students," said Spaniolo, who has
served as president since 2004.
"This is a direct result of our extensive efforts to recruit top-quality
students and faculty and of our commitment to help more students achieve their
dream of a college education."
Student diversity - more than 16 percent are Hispanic, and
more than 13 percent are African-American - plays a significant
role, Spaniolo said. So do capital improvements such as the new
Engineering Research Building set to open in early 2011, a 6,500-seat special
events center and 600-bed, mixed-use development, both of which will open by
2012 on the campus' eastern edge, he said.
Dramatic increases in student financial aid awards also
factor into the growth. UT Arlington offered students $325.7 million in
scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid this fall, up 79 percent
from fall 2008. Almost 3,800 students pay no tuition and fees through the
Maverick Promise program. Eligible students must qualify for a federal Pell
grant and have a household income of $65,000 or less, among other criteria.
Among the fall 2010 enrollment trends:
- College of Nursing and College of Education and
Health Professions enrollment continues to soar. More than 5,000 students are
working toward undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees this fall, up from
1,912 in fall 2008. Enrollment in the College of Education and Health
Professions has climbed 70 percent from fall 2008 to more than 3,200 students
this fall. These two areas show
that UT Arlington is helping meet our state's critical needs in healthcare and
Enrollment in the College of Science has climbed
to 3,600 students, up 32 percent since fall 2008.
School of Social Work enrollment has reached 1,122,
a 22-percent gain from fall 2008.
Donald R. Bobbitt, UT Arlington provost and vice president for
academic affairs, noted that enrollment in the College of Business and the
College of Liberal Arts remains strong, with more than 5,000 students each this
Online education programs, especially in the College of
Nursing and College of Education and Health Professions, have helped drive
enrollment. The programs particularly appeal to working professionals, students
who live far from campus and other non-traditional students who seek advanced
"Our robust growth, both on campus and online, reflects
positively the overall quality and strength of our University," Bobbitt said. "By
offering quality programs, in a variety of formats we are meeting the critical
needs of today's students. What's most impressive is that we growing at this
rate while increasing the quality of our students, our ability to retain them
and help them earn their degrees."
UT Arlington is a comprehensive, four-year institution in
the heart of North Texas that is focused on dual missions of providing
top-quality undergraduate and graduate education while promoting innovative
research that leads to tomorrow's solutions. UT Arlington is one of seven universities
designated as emerging research institutions in the state of Texas.
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The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.