Unprecedented growth, excellence trajectory continue at UTA

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 • Media Contact : Teresa Woodard Schnyder

The University of Texas at Arlington set a new student body record in Spring 2017 for the fourth consecutive year, with 41,932 Texas-based students registered for the spring semester as reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Spring 2017 enrollment

UTA’s spring enrollment increased by 5.6 percent over the fall semester and by 8.5 percent over spring of 2016. Global enrollment, including the university’s online students, is at 54,258 and is anticipated to reach 57,000 by the end of the academic year.

“As a former student, I am proud to see UTA continue to grow and succeed,” said state Sen. Jane Nelson, R – Flower Mound, an alumna of the university.

The largest enrollment increases this semester came in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the College of Business, reflecting national trends in career opportunities.

The UTA student body is among the most diverse in the nation. This spring, Hispanic students comprise 28.6 percent of the total number of undergraduates and African Americans make up 15.5 percent. Both populations increased over spring of 2016.

“UTA’s growing student population can be attributed to our tremendously talented and dedicated faculty, enhanced outreach efforts and strong academic advising, which are attracting more high-achieving students to pursue their dreams at UTA,” said UTA President Vistasp Karbhari. “We are also seeing a continued and sustained increase in persistence and progress to degree, emphasizing our commitment to bridge excellence and access at an affordable cost. Our designation as a Carnegie R-1 institution, the many programs ranked among the nation’s best by US News & World Report, and the recent announcement that UTA has the second lowest average student debt among national universities, along with our sustained increases in enrollment, signify that UTA is indeed an institution of first choice.”

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution. With a projected global enrollment of close to 57,000, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the state of Texas. Guided by its Strategic Plan 2020 Bold Solutions|Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and education within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was recently cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities. U.S. News & World Report lists UTA as having the fifth highest undergraduate diversity index among national universities. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets list.