UT Arlington enrollment reaches nearly 33,000, up 31 percent in two years

News Release — 14 September 2010


Media contact: Kristin Sullivan, (817) 272-5364, kristinsul@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington today announces an all-time record enrollment of 32,956 students this fall and a larger freshmen class with a stronger academic profile than ever before.

Preliminary fall census reports show striking growth at UT Arlington - enrollment is up 31 percent from fall 2008, when the University was home to 25,085 students. UT Arlington has been the fastest-growing institution in The University of Texas System and the fastest growing among Texas' seven emerging research institutions.

The University also is attracting more top high school scholars - 29 percent of this fall's first-time, full-time freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class, up from 25 percent the previous year. Those students achieved an average SAT score of 1077, up from 1071 the previous fall. And more students are continuing at UT Arlington, with 73 percent of last year's freshmen class returning for their sophomore year, another indicator of future academic success.

UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said the dramatic enrollment numbers demonstrate a growing awareness among students and their families that the University is "a vibrant community where you can earn a first-rate education."

"We've been planning for this growth, and we're adding facilities and faculty to provide for our students," said Spaniolo, who has served as president since 2004.  "This is a direct result of our extensive efforts to recruit top-quality students and faculty and of our commitment to help more students achieve their dream of a college education."

Student diversity - more than 16 percent are Hispanic, and more than 13 percent are African-American - plays a significant role, Spaniolo said. So do capital improvements such as the new Engineering Research Building set to open in early 2011, a 6,500-seat special events center and 600-bed, mixed-use development, both of which will open by 2012 on the campus' eastern edge, he said.

Dramatic increases in student financial aid awards also factor into the growth. UT Arlington offered students $325.7 million in scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid this fall, up 79 percent from fall 2008. Almost 3,800 students pay no tuition and fees through the Maverick Promise program. Eligible students must qualify for a federal Pell grant and have a household income of $65,000 or less, among other criteria.

Among the fall 2010 enrollment trends:

  • College of Nursing and College of Education and Health Professions enrollment continues to soar. More than 5,000 students are working toward undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees this fall, up from 1,912 in fall 2008. Enrollment in the College of Education and Health Professions has climbed 70 percent from fall 2008 to more than 3,200 students this fall. These two areas show that UT Arlington is helping meet our state's critical needs in healthcare and education.
  • Enrollment in the College of Science has climbed to 3,600 students, up 32 percent since fall 2008.
  • School of Social Work enrollment has reached 1,122, a 22-percent gain from fall 2008.

Donald R. Bobbitt, UT Arlington provost and vice president for academic affairs, noted that enrollment in the College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts remains strong, with more than 5,000 students each this fall.

Online education programs, especially in the College of Nursing and College of Education and Health Professions, have helped drive enrollment. The programs particularly appeal to working professionals, students who live far from campus and other non-traditional students who seek advanced degrees.

"Our robust growth, both on campus and online, reflects positively the overall quality and strength of our University," Bobbitt said. "By offering quality programs, in a variety of formats we are meeting the critical needs of today's students. What's most impressive is that we growing at this rate while increasing the quality of our students, our ability to retain them and help them earn their degrees."

UT Arlington is a comprehensive, four-year institution in the heart of North Texas that is focused on dual missions of providing top-quality undergraduate and graduate education while promoting innovative research that leads to tomorrow's solutions. UT Arlington is one of seven universities designated as emerging research institutions in the state of Texas.

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