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News Release — 10 September 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington today announces a record-breaking fall enrollment of 28,084, a milestone of double-digit growth that reflects the University's intense focus on students and increasing diversity of academic programs.
Enrollment is up almost 12 percent from fall 2008, when 25,100 undergraduate and graduate students were enrolled at UT Arlington. Gains are most prominent in the critical areas of nursing, education and science - fields in which aggressive recruiting and retention efforts are showing results.
"These numbers are evidence of what we see on campus every day - UT Arlington is a dynamic university that is improving by every measure," President James D. Spaniolo said. "Students are choosing this University because they see an institution that is on the rise, one that is gaining momentum toward becoming a major national research institution."
Of the 3,000-plus additional students, about a third are new to college, a third are students who continued at the University through enhanced retention efforts and a third have become Mavericks by enrolling in new distance education and hybrid delivery programs.
"This freshman class is not only UT Arlington's largest yet, but it is also the most accomplished," Donald R. Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said of this fall's 2,674 first-time undergraduates.
About 25 percent of the 2009 freshman class ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class, Bobbitt said.
Several factors are driving UT Arlington's growth:
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