OCTOBER 13, 2020 — Enrollment at UTSA reached a record high in fall 2020, according to a report from the Office of Institutional Research, with 34,742 students enrolled this semester. The growth represents a 6.6% increase from last fall’s record enrollment of 32,594.
More than 29,000 of this year’s students are undergraduates, a 5.7% increase from last fall. Graduate enrollment nears 4,700, with a 14.1% increase in the master’s students overall and a 40% increase in new master’s students. Ninety new master’s students enrolled through Keep Running With Us, a new program that offers automatic admission into a selection of master’s programs to qualified UTSA undergraduates.
Noteworthy highlights from UTSA’s fall 2020 enrollment:
“UTSA serves as a driver of social and economic mobility for our city and state, and we are particularly proud of our role in advancing opportunities for those historically underrepresented populations from here in San Antonio,” said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy. “At the same time, UTSA is playing a large role in statewide efforts to close the gaps in educational attainment.”
The university’s online degree programs also saw a jump in enrollment: 340 students now are enrolled in the suite of fully online degree programs, including cybersecurity, facilities management and multidisciplinary studies, a 66% increase over last fall. In these workforce-oriented, fully online degree programs, 85% of students enrolled are 23 or older and 66% are male.
Additionally, key student success metrics saw significant gains over the past year. For the first time the university’s first-year retention rate cracked into the nationally recognized benchmark by exceeding 80% (from 77% in 2019). Four-year graduation rate improved to 34% (from 31% in 2019) and the six-year graduation rate continued to exceed 50%.
Notably, a record 7,415 degrees were awarded in the 2019–2020 academic year, up from 7,047 in 2018–2019.
“In spite of the interruptions in 2020 caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, our students persevered in their studies—with support from dedicated faculty and staff—to advance their own bold futures and to help meet the workforce needs in San Antonio and Texas,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “UTSA is making noteworthy progress overall in the retention and graduation of our students in support of our institutional goal to be a national model for student success.”
As part of the total enrollment of 34,742, the university welcomed 5,320 new undergraduates this fall. The fall enrollment includes an 11% increase in freshman Roadrunners and a 2% increase in new transfer students.
UTSA’s institutional investment in additional aid to those who are most economically disadvantaged is making a difference. One in five of first-time, full-time Roadrunner freshmen are enrolled through UTSA’s Bold Promise program, which covers 100% of tuition and fees for incoming freshmen who ranked in the top 25% of their high school class, are Texas residents and have a family income up to $50,500. Of the more than 900 Bold Promise recipients, 72% are first-generation college students, and 87% are from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in higher education.
“Even in their first year both Bold Promise and Keep Running With Us programs are showing significant impact on our undergraduate and graduate enrollments,” said Espy. “More importantly, they are creating pathways for high-achieving students to pursue their educational goals.”
UTSA Main Campus will serve as a designated polling station during the early voting period, today through October 30, and on Election Day, November 3.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104)
The Center for Collegiate Recovery presents a discussion series on Recovery. Join the discussion with Dr. Robb Kelly and learn how to build and sustain recovery from addiction. Be prepared to be challenged, encouraged, and enriched!Virtual Event
The tuba and euphonium students of Prof. Gary Poffenbarger will perform remotely in a live-streamed concert to be transmitted via the Department's Facebook page. The students will perform live, from their homes taking turns logging in when they are up and logging off when they are done so the next performer can log in, etc. until the recital is finished.Virtual Event
Are you interested in learning more about how RowdyLink can assist your Student Organization? Are you a new organization leader and want to learn some basics regarding RowdyLink? Please join us at our RowdyLink Lunch and Learn Series. We will be going over various parts of RowdyLink during each series such as Managing your Roster, Mobile Check-In, Managing and Creating Forms, creating events and more.Virtual Event
Chomp and Chat is a series of conversations held casually during lunch on a specific topic. The topic for Oct 28 is cultural appropriation. We will talk the concept in general, but also as it appears during Halloween and Día de los Muertos.Virtual Event
Join Student Health Services as we discuss Spiritual Wellbeing with Counseling and Mental Health Services.Virtual Event
Join us for a drive-thru event from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 29 and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 to give back during this election period. Roadrunners will have the opportunity to give back to the community and get the information needed to make your voice heard for your community. During this experience, you can drive up to make a donation to the Roadrunner Pantry and get all of the voting information you need to early vote this election.Outside Recreation Wellness Center
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