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UTA’s record-breaking enrollment growth continues

Monday, February 11, 2019 • Media Contact: Herb Booth

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Degrees awarded increased 45 percent over five years

The University of Texas at Arlington’s record-setting growth continued with 43,939 students this spring, based on numbers reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Enrollment for Spring 2019 is 2.36 percent higher than the previous Spring semester, and marks a 28 percent increase over the last five years.

With total global student population expected to exceed 60,000 this academic year, UTA is committed to providing an affordable, accessible, and excellent education for our students.

In partnership with community and industry leaders, our world-class faculty and staff are committed to creating exceptional student experiences that are focused on developing career-ready graduates for areas of high workforce need.

Last year, UTA also established the Division for Student Success to provide students with individualized attention and mentoring. These programs support an already improving trajectory on four- and six-year graduation and degree attainment rates. In academic year 2017-18, UTA had its largest graduating class in history, reflecting a 45 percent increase in degrees awarded compared to 2013-14.

In late 2018, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education reaffirmed UTA’s designation as an R-1: Doctoral University with “Very High Research Activity.” UTA is one of only 14 universities in the U.S. with both Carnegie R-1 and Hispanic-Serving Institution designations, the latter as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.

“UTA is providing exactly what we need from our institutions of public higher education, by enrolling and graduating more students annually, keeping college affordable and maintaining the highest standards of excellence,” said U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, R-Arlington.

Compared to the Spring 2018 semester, enrollment growth in the following colleges further cements our commitment to meet expanding state and national demands for talent across key industries and sectors:

  • College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs realized the University’s largest year-over-year increase with 12 percent enrollment growth.
  • College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s enrollment increased by 6 percent
  • College of Engineering’s enrollment rose 5 percent
  • School of Social Work’s enrollment increased by 4 percent

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said this growth reflects the University’s importance and its growing contributions to enhancing highly skilled intellectual capital in the region, state, and nationwide.

“UTA’s substantial growth over the years is a result of the University’s wonderful reputation and our focus on providing transformative educational experiences for our students to contribute to industries in high demand for the region and state,” Karbhari said. “Our tremendously dedicated faculty and staff play a unique role in the increasing success of our students, and the rankings of the institution. In turn, our students embrace the rich learning opportunities offered at UTA and as graduates are prepared to make a positive impact on the lives of millions of people across Texas and the world.”

Troy Johnson, vice president for enrollment management, added, “We are excited to see the growth in interest in UTA and, more importantly, the achievements and successes of our students. We’ve graduated more students than ever this year and we are on track for increasing four-year graduation rates. At UTA, we are focused on ensuring that our students graduate.”

Other recognitions UTA has garnered recently include:

  • According to Military TimesUTA ranks No. 7 nationally on the 2019 “Best for Vets: Colleges” list, the highest of any four-year Texas university.
  • Conferred more bachelor’s and master’s degrees to African-American students than any other college in Texas in 2018, according to a report in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. UTA also ranks No. 22 in the country for master’s degrees awarded to all minority students.
  • No. 126 among top public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings.