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UT Arlington, Arlington ISD launch 'Bound for Success' early admissions initiative

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Monday, November 25, 2013

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Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan, Office:817-272-5364, Cell:817-706-9811, kristinsul@uta.edu

News Topics: admissions, alumni, Arlington, College Park Center, community service, education, students

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.

Bound for Success group

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 their choice.

“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 program.

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

The 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 District

With more 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.

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