This past fall, the strength of the Maverick spirit became even more evident. Our fall 2020 freshman class was the largest ever in University history, with 3,820 freshmen enrolling for the fall term, a 6.8% increase in first-time-in-college students. The freshman class also brought exceptional academic talent to the University, with an increase in the number of students from the top 10% of their high school class and a three-point jump in average SAT scores.
“We are making opportunities available, and the best and brightest students are using those opportunities,” says Troy Johnson, vice president for enrollment management. “This freshman class represents a new standard for UTA, and the academic quality of the class is especially impressive.”
Interim President Teik C. Lim says more freshmen students are attracted by the University’s faculty excellence, expertise in e-learning, growing research enterprise, and commitment to expanding access to higher education.
“Despite the uncertainties of recent months, UTA continues to attract first-rate students from Texas and beyond who witness the research and academic excellence of our incredible students, faculty, and staff, and the invaluable commitment of our alumni and community partners,” Dr. Lim says. “All of our work centers on our students, who are prepared to shape the world with their ideas, innovation, and spirit.”
We talked to some of the students just starting college for the first time to get a look at who they are, how they’re feeling, and why they’re excited to join the Maverick family.