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Fall 2013 enrollment reflects UT Arlington’s sustained growth, appeal

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan

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More than 33,300 students call The University of Texas at Arlington their academic home this fall, enrollment that demonstrates a period of sustained growth for the University, preliminary census figures show.

Enrollment was up slightly from fall 2012 but consistent with dramatic gains in enrollment this decade. Overall, UT Arlington has grown more than 57 percent from 2001, when enrollment stood at 21,180.

Last month, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as No. 7 on the news organization’s list of the nation’s fastest-growing public research institutions.

“Strong, sustained enrollments demonstrate that UT Arlington has become an institution of first choice for students and scholars who are shaping the future,” President Vistasp M. Karbhari said. “Our University has a unique set of core strengths that have positioned us as a model, 21st century, urban institution. Our faculty members are second to none, as evidenced by their many recent honors and awards.”

New graduate student enrollment is up by more than 20 percent this fall compared with fall 2012, a metric in line with UT Arlington’s strategic goals of elevating research activity and enhancing its global reputation as a leading research institution.

The College of Engineering saw strong growth in both undergraduate and graduate enrollment as it responds to economic demands for university graduates who are highly-educated, innovative and able to address the world’s most pressing problems. Overall, engineering enrollment is up 13.6 percent compared with the previous fall.

Khosrow Behbehani, dean of engineering, credited efforts to improve the applications, advising and admissions process for the gains.

“There has been a general increase of interest in engineering as the economy has turned around, with more hiring in manufacturing, software and electrical engineering, among other industries,” Behbehani said. “Overall, the growth in the reputation of the College also has contributed to the increase in enrollment.”

More than 4,500 Texas students were enrolled in UT Arlington’s Academic Partnerships online degree programs in education and nursing, taking advantage of a unique opportunity to earn a UT Arlington degree on a flexible schedule. The University’s enrollment has peaked during the spring semester in recent years because the popular programs offer start dates after the traditional beginning of the fall semester.

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