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UTA enrollment rises to record 38,650 Texas-based students

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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Enrollment at The University of Texas at Arlington reached a record 38,650 Texas-based students for the spring 2016 semester, a figure that is up 6 percent from a year ago. At a time when most universities see declines in enrollment from fall to spring, UTA’s numbers rose 4.4 percent from fall of 2015 when enrollment was 37,008.

Spring enrollment hits record high.

UTA Spring 2016 enrollment has hit a record high number of students.

The university now has a total of 50,661 degree seeking students on campus and in online degree programs. That number is projected to climb to 55,000 this year as new sections of online nursing and education degree programs begin throughout the spring and summer.

A newly designated Research-1 university by the Carnegie Classification, UTA is one of the state’s largest public research institutions and the second largest in The University of Texas System.

The enrollment report showed the UTA College of Engineering, now the third largest in the state of Texas, increased enrollment 13 percent over the previous spring. The College of Nursing and Health Innovation enrollment grew 16 percent over spring 2015 and is now the largest producer of well educated nurses in Texas and the third largest in the nation. The College of Education also saw healthy growth with a 4 percent increase over spring 2015.

“These numbers continue to demonstrate that UTA is increasingly an institution of first choice for students across Texas and globally, due to our faculty of national renown, cutting edge research, and focus on maintaining accessibility and affordability,” said UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari. “We are increasingly providing our students with unique experiences such as undergraduate research opportunities that distinguish UTA in the collegiate landscape.”

State Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, congratulated UTA faculty, students and staff on the enrollment report.

“UTA is truly becoming a global leader in education and delivering it effectively to students in the many ways they now receive instruction,” Krause said. “Strong, vibrant universities are intrinsically drivers of the economy in the communities in which they are based; and UTA is rapidly becoming one of Arlington’s and North Texas’s greatest assets.”

The spring enrollment report underscores UTA’s commitment to ensuring that all Texans have the opportunity to earn a college degree of quality in areas of critical need. UTA met the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 2015 “Closing the Gaps” enrollment goals a year ahead of schedule and has increased enrollment by 102.8 percent since 2000. UTA is well positioned to help lead the state’s new 60x30 initiative and contribute to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s target of ensuring that at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25 to 34 have a certificate or degree by 2030.

From its 24 high school-based “GO Centers” and the landmark University Crossroads program in Dallas, both of which focus on engaging students and preparing them for college, to the Bound for Success program with Arlington, Grand Prairie and Mansfield school districts, the STEM Academy with the Arlington Independent School District, and the increased and closer partnerships with Community College Districts, UTA is focused on forging ties that benefit student progress and success.

“UTA is committed to expanding every opportunity for Texans to earn their college degrees and to creating innovative partnerships that smooth the path for students,” said Linda K. Johnsrud, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We know that a college education opens unlimited possibilities for each graduate, and we want to make sure that no matter where a student begins earning college credit, they will experience an easy transition to UTA.”

UTA’s Strategic Plan with its focus on excellence while ensuring access, has also led to the recruitment of the very best faculty, along with 50 new tenure and tenure-track faculty members in the colleges of Business; Engineering; Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs; Science; Liberal Arts; and Nursing and Health Innovation. More faculty positions will be added throughout 2016 and in future years as the university continues to rise to preeminence as the model 21st century public urban research university.

Sustained enrollment gains have also fueled increased UTA achievements in the area of college completion. The University awarded 10,585 degrees in the 2014-15 academic year, making it the third largest producer of intellectual capital in Texas.

Of those degrees, almost 3,400 were awarded to graduates of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, which produced 44 percent of the state’s pre-nursing licensure graduates in 2014, according to preliminary reports from the Texas Board of Nursing.

The university also achieved a critical goal in the 2014-15 academic year with 216 doctoral degrees awarded and more than 200 for the second consecutive year.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie “highest research activity” institution of more than 50,000 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 UTA as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit http://www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at http://www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php.

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