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UTA enrollment climbs 6.1 percent to record 37,000 Texas-based students

UT Arlington enrollment rose 6.1 percent to a record 37,008 Texas-based students this fall, up more than 2,100 students compared with fall 2014, according to preliminary census reports released Tuesday.

MavsMeet After Party 2015

UT Arlington students celebrate the start of the fall 2015 semester at the August MavsMeet After Party.

College of Engineering enrollment exceeded 7,000 students this fall for the first time, a 16.4 percent increase compared with fall 2014. Enrollment in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation was up 15.9 percent, reflecting an expanded emphasis on the health sciences that spans traditional health care to muscular and cardio-vascular health research.

Enrollment in College of Education degree programs was up 5.6 percent, while enrollment in the School of Social Work rose 4.8 percent. Overall graduate enrollment was up 14.7 percent.

The strong report follows another milepost: UTA awarded 10,541 degrees during the 2014-15 academic year. Of those graduates, 214 earned doctoral degrees. The counts show that the University has exceeded its enrollment target set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board “Closing the Gaps” program and far exceeded performance goals in critical needs areas such as computer science, engineering, math, physical science, and nursing.

The University’s total enrollment including online students living out-of-state will increase throughout the year as new sections of degree programs begin. Last year, UT Arlington served more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online programs. Combined enrollment is expected to surpass 55,000 students by the end of the academic year. The University serves another 25,000 students through a wide variety of continuing education, professional training and career enhancement programs.

UT Arlington continues to rank fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity, according to U.S. News and World Report. This fall, about 28 percent of undergraduates identify themselves as Hispanic. African-Americans make up about 16 percent undergraduates, while Asians account for 12 percent. 

“UTA is the model urban research university, one focused on excellence and access for all students who are willing to work hard to achieve their dreams,” President Vistasp M. Karbhari said. “We are seeing incredible growth in academic and research programs that support sectors of the economy where college-educated employees are most in demand. Our growth is fueled by a rising reputation of excellence on the global stage built by faculty and staff and by innovative partnerships that are helping identify top scholars and ensure that new and transfer students arrive prepared to meet academic challenges head on and will succeed.”

In the past two years, UTA has established and expanded partnerships with several area school districts to guide high school students and their families through the college admissions and financial aid process, help students earn early college credit and offer them early admissions status when they meet graduation requirements. Among those efforts, the University launched a new STEM Academy at Arlington’s Martin High School this fall, has added “GO Center” peer counseling admissions offices in high schools across North Texas and has established dual credit “Bound for Success” programs in the Arlington, Grand Prairie and Mansfield school districts.

UTA also works closely with the Tarrant County College District to embed college admissions advisors at the community college level and ensure a smooth transition for students from an associate’s to a bachelor’s degree. 

Texas Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, applauded UTA’s record enrollment and said the growth of the North Texas region’s major, urban research university is essential to overall economic success. UTA is making significant strides toward helping meet the state’s goal of ensuring that 60 percent of the population has a college degree by 2030, he said.

“We are blessed to live in a community with thriving universities that contribute so much to the Texas economy,” Hancock said. “When UTA is serving 37,000 Texas students a year and awarding more than 10,000 degrees, businesses can count on a well-prepared workforce that is ready to meet the challenges of the future."

UTA’s record enrollment comes at a time of dramatic change as the University implements its Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact, adding more world-class faculty members and increasing its reputation for student excellence.

Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen, whose Southeast Tarrant precinct includes UT Arlington, said: “All of us who work daily to ensure that Tarrant County and Arlington have a strong and vibrant economy understand the benefit of seeing UTA evolve into the thriving, successful public research university that it is today. UTA is a magnet for talent, a great source of innovation and new technology and the world-class university right in our backyard. For these and many other reasons we should all be proud."

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as a “Best for Vets” college by Military Times magazine. Visit to learn more, and find UT Arlington rankings and recognition at