(Sept. 19, 2011) -- UTSA enrollment is higher than ever, according to a preliminary census indicating that 31,114 students enrolled at UTSA in fall 2011. The new number is a 2.8 percent increase over the fall 2010 enrollment of 30,258, and a 9.6 percent increase over the last five years, when student enrollment totaled 28,379.
UTSA President Ricardo Romo credits the record enrollment to the university's highly successful retention and graduation programs. This year, UTSA saw gains in the sophomore class of most of its colleges. Overall, the university's freshman-to-sophomore retention rate was 62.5 percent. Just a year ago in fall 2010, the same statistic was 57.2 percent.
"As we build a Tier One university, UTSA has strategically focused on developing and implementing programs that will help our students stay in school and graduate," said Romo. "With these initiatives in place, undergraduates who once considered attending other Texas universities are finding that UTSA offers them everything they need to be successful. Moreover, the enrollment growth in our graduate programs is on track according to our strategic plan."
Notably, 50 percent of UTSA's incoming class graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school classes, an increase from 44 percent in fall 2010. Thirteen percent of UTSA's incoming class graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.
Additionally, approximately 60 percent of UTSA students are members of minority groups. UTSA's largest minority group is Hispanic. According to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine's 2011 rankings, UTSA ranks No. 4 in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanics and No. 11 nationally in the number of master's degrees awarded to Hispanics. Additionally, 12 individual academic programs are ranked among the Top 10.
In Texas, preliminary student enrollment figures at public higher education institutions are set on census day, Sept. 9 this year, 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 receives to support its education mission.
UTSA preliminary enrollment statistics, fall 2011
Undergraduate: 26,377 students
Post-Baccalaureate: 252 students
Master's: 3,762 students
Doctoral: 722 students
Total Male: 15,897
Total Female: 15,216
Total Minority*: 19,045
College of Liberal and Fine Arts: 6,660
College of Business: 5,984
College of Education and Human Development: 5,427
College of Sciences: 5,263
College of Engineering: 2,745
No College Identified/Other: 2,407
College of Public Policy: 1,487
College of Architecture: 1,140
Total University: 31,114
Total Enrollment at Downtown Campus: 6,860 (includes 4,201 students also attending Main Campus)
Students attending Downtown Campus only: 2,659
* Minority includes: Black or African American only; Hispanic of any race; Asian only; American Indian or Alaska Native only; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander only, Two or more races
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