(Sept. 17, 2010)--The University of Texas at San Antonio announced today that fall 2010 preliminary enrollment reached a record high of 30,395 students, an increase of 1,440 students or 5 percent over last year.
Undergraduate enrollment grew to 25,893 students, while enrollment in UTSA's graduate and doctoral degree programs experienced a 17 percent increase to 4,502 students. The increase marks a milestone for the UTSA Graduate School, surpassing 4,000 student enrollment for the first time in the university's 40-year history.
"We are pleased to see our record enrollment figures reflect our mission to become a university of first choice for students," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "The growth in our graduate school supports our goal to become one of the next premier research universities in Texas."
The growth in graduate school enrollment is consistent with UTSA strategic goals to foster higher levels of student success and with the university's vision of preparing leaders for the global environment.
In addition to growth in the UTSA Graduate School, more than 16,000 applications for admission were processed, another record for the university. To keep up with the growing interest, UTSA also offered for the first time merit-based $1,000 Roadrunner scholarships to 1,200 high-achieving freshmen.
University officials attribute several factors to the increase in enrollment including recent campus improvements and renovations, an expanded University Center with extended hours of operation and UTSA's first football team, which begins play in fall 2011.
UTSA is one of more than 200 Hispanic-serving institutions (HSI) in the United States, accredited with a full-time Hispanic enrollment of 25 percent or greater. At UTSA, Hispanic enrollment stands at 13,378 or 44 percent of students. HSIs are responsible for awarding nearly 40 percent of all bachelor's degrees conferred to Hispanics.
According to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine 2010 rankings, UTSA ranks No. 4 in the nation in undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanics, No. 12 in master's degrees awarded to Hispanics and No. 30 in doctoral degrees awarded to Hispanics. Additionally, eight programs ranked among the top 10.
In Texas, student enrollment figures at public higher education institutions are set on census day, this year Sept. 10, and forwarded to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for review. Enrollment is one of several criteria used to determine the amount of state funding each institution will receive to support its education mission.
UTSA enrollment statistics, Fall 2010
Total Male: 15, 260
Total Female: 15,135
Enrollment by ethnicity
Hispanic: 13,360 (44%)
White: 10,106 (33%)
Black: 2,484 (8%)
Asian: 1,463 (5%)
International: 1,218 (4%)
Unknown: 984 (3%)
Multi-racial: 646 (2%)
American Indian, Alaska Native: 68 (0%)
Native Hawaiian, Other Pacific Islander: 66 (0%)
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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