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UT Arlington enrollment, retention rate continue to climb

News Release — 13 September 2011

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Media contact: Kristin Sullivan, (817) 272-9811, kristinsul@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Fall enrollment at The University of Texas at Arlington has hit another record high with 33,449 students and gains in the academic profile of the freshman class and in student retention.

About 27 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen entering the University from high school ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class, preliminary census day reports show. Of that group, 70 percent ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school class. The average SAT for the cohort was 1080, up from 1077 the previous fall.

Retention rates also continue to rise, an indicator of a University focused on helping students achieve their undergraduate degrees. Of last year’s freshman class, 74 percent of have returned for the sophomore year, up from about 61 percent five years ago.

President James D. Spaniolo said the sustained enrollment growth demonstrates UT Arlington’s expanding reputation as a first-class, comprehensive research university.

“All our indicators, from applications and admissions to the numbers of students continuing to pursue their degrees, are climbing,” Spaniolo said. “It’s clear that The University of Texas at Arlington increasingly is seen as an attractive place to be.”

Spaniolo credited Donald R. Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and his leadership team with implementing several successful initiatives that are encouraging students to continue in the University and complete their undergraduate degrees.

University College, the one-stop shop for advising, tutoring and counseling, opened in fall 2010. Success U, a pre-term academic orientation session, drew more than 1,000 freshmen over two days before classes began this August.

“We have made it our mission to provide new students greatly expanded academic and financial aid advising services, tutoring, supplemental instruction and career counseling to help meet their complex needs,” Bobbitt said. “We are convinced that if we can assist our students through to their sophomore year, they will graduate, and they will graduate on time.”

Enrollment in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Business remains strong, and enrollment in the College of Engineering topped more than 4,000 students this fall for the first time.

UT Arlington saw the greatest gain in fall enrollment in the College of Nursing, with enrollment up 18 percent from fall 2010 to 5,949 students. In addition to its array of undergraduate and graduate programs, the College of Nursing recently launched the Professional Nursing Pathways Program to streamline the coursework for community college students who want to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree from UT Arlington.

Enrollment in the School of Social Work was up 17.1 percent, and enrollment in the College of Education and Health Professions saw an increase of 4.5 percent. The College of Science saw an increase of 4.2 percent.

U.S. News & World Report has consistently recognized UT Arlington as one of the nation’s top universities for diversity. This fall 19.2 percent of students are Hispanic, while about 15 percent are African American.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research university in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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