(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%)
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
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