More Houston area college students are choosing UTSA

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(Oct. 12, 2012) -- Each year, The University of Texas at San Antonio is increasingly becoming the university of choice for students from the Houston area. This fall, nearly 30 percent of UTSA's freshman class (1,283 students) hail from the Houston metropolitan area, making it the largest concentration of students outside of San Antonio to attend the university, according to the UTSA Office of the Vice Provost for Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness.

George Norton, UTSA associate vice president for undergraduate admissions, orientation and family programs, says Houston students are declaring majors in business, biology, kinesiology, psychology and communication. Nearly 30 percent of the overall UTSA student population now includes students from the Houston area.

"As UTSA advances to premier research university status, students are increasingly recognizing the value of an education under the guidance of renowned professors and researchers at UTSA," said Norton. "Our students receive quality classroom instruction, opportunities for hands-on research and the chance to collaborate with leading scholars, better preparing them for the workforce of tomorrow."

UTSA also is becoming the college of choice for students who excelled in their high school academics. Half of UTSA's incoming class graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school classes, and 12 percent graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

Additionally, the UTSA campus reflects the diversity of cultures that makes up Texas. Overall, Hispanic students are UTSA's largest minority group at 45 percent. African-American students comprise nine percent of UTSA's total student population.

On pace with UTSA's 2016 Strategic Plan, which targets overall enrollment at 30,000 by the year 2016, a preliminary census indicates that 30,474 students enrolled at UTSA in fall 2012.

In Texas, preliminary student enrollment figures at public higher education institutions are 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.

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UTSA preliminary enrollment statistics, fall 2012

Total Students:
Undergraduate: 25,979
Post Baccalaureate: 227
Graduate, Master's: 3,506
Doctoral: 762

Total Male: 15,754
Total Female: 14,720
Total Minority*: 18,817

UTSA's Greater Houston student population:
Undergraduate: 4,280
Graduate: 118
Total: 4,398

American Indian/Alaskan Native: 11
Asian: 432
Black/African-American: 1,050
Hispanic of Any Race: 1,110
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander: 9
Nonresident Alien: 60
Two or More Races: 130
Unknown: 42
White: 1,554
Total: 4,398

Top five majors for UTSA's Greater Houston student population:
Undeclared: 559 students
Pre-business: 416 students
Pre-biology: 296 students
Kinesiology: 247 students
Psychology: 205 students

* 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, and two or more races.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the largest of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in more than 135 degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and the Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond.