The University of Texas at
Arlington and the Arlington Independent School District today announce the
launch of Bound for Success, a new
early admissions initiative aimed at increasing the number of high-achieving
high school scholars who ultimately earn a college degree.
From left: Arlington school district trustees Tony Pompa
and Gloria Peña, Lamar High School students with Lamar Principal Larry Harmon, UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari
and Trustee Peter Baron at far right.
The collaborative program will
identify high school students ranked in the top 20 percent of their class at
the end of their sophomore year for
pre-admittance to UT Arlington, contingent on completing the requirements for
high school graduation.
University admissions counselors
will be available weekly at each of the Arlington ISD high school campuses to
counsel Bound for Success students.
They will work to help students maximize opportunities to earn college credit
through advanced high school courses and will guide students to take high
school courses that will prepare them well for college work in the fields of
“We know that there are students
who excel throughout their high school years but for a variety of reasons do
not pursue a college education,” said Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, Arlington school
district superintendent. “With this program, we are re-affirming that these students
are prepared for success and that we are going to help guide them along their
path to a college degree.”
UT Arlington will provide specially
focused financial aid workshops and college preparation workshops for students
and their families through the initiative. Participating students will be
invited to attend special receptions, lectures, athletic events and other campus
activities to assist students in a smooth transition to the University.
“A college education can alter
an individual’s life, but the impact of ensuring that more, well-prepared high
school scholars advance through the University has the power to transform our
communities,” UT Arlington President Vistasp M. Karbhari said. “Bound for Success will strengthen our
workforce and mean that more young people will be prepared to create the
knowledge, technologies and innovation needed to fuel the local and state economies
for the future.”
A recent Arlington school district
student survey showed that 20 percent of graduating seniors did not apply to
college and that as many as 27 percent of Hispanic graduates did not apply. The
new UT Arlington-Arlington ISD partnership seeks to increase the number of
college-bound high school students through a comprehensive pre-admission
Nearly 1,500 qualifying students will
receive an early admissions acceptance letter from President Karbhari in the
coming weeks. Students and their families will be asked to respond though an
online form to formalize their relationship with UT Arlington.
Video coverage of the Nov. 25, 2013, announcement is available at http://youtu.be/_a1qMNdhBKQ
About UT Arlington
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of
more than 33,300 students and 2,200 faculty members in the epicenter of North
Texas. It is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System.
Total research expenditures reached almost $78 million last year. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.
About the Arlington Independent School
than 64,000 students, the Arlington ISD is the ninth-largest school district in
Texas. It has more than 8,000 employees, making it the largest employer in
Arlington and the third-largest employer in Tarrant County. The district offers
the International Baccalaureate World School Programme at Arlington, Bowie,
Lamar and Sam Houston high schools. Students may earn 30 or more college credit
hours through the district’s Advanced Placement program. The AISD partners with
Tarrant County College to offer dual-credit high school and college courses at
each of its high schools. For more about the Arlington Independent School
District, visit www.aisd.net.