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Record spring enrollment validates UTSA’s ability to develop career-ready Roadrunners

Record spring enrollment validates UTSA’s ability to develop career-ready Roadrunners

FEBRUARY 26, 2024 — UTSA is continuing its upward trajectory with an increase in spring enrollment for 2024, showcasing the university’s commitment to academic excellence and its success in preparing graduates for the workforce. UTSA current total enrollment stands at 32,405 students, a 2.1% increase from spring 2023. This is the first year UTSA’s spring enrollment has breached the 32,000 mark, a positive indication toward the university’s strategic goal of enrolling 41,000 students by 2028.

Students at the university also are enrolled in more credit hours. They are taking 372,424 hours as of spring 2024, a 3.6% increase from a year ago.

“These increases are a testament to the persistence of our Roadrunner students as well as the unwavering commitment of our faculty and staff to develop career-ready Roadrunners,” said Heather Shipley, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “By prioritizing academic excellence and holistic support, we're supporting the continued success of all students throughout their academic journey.”

Shipley added, “It’s exciting to see the increase in enrollment and semester credit hours; more importantly, these numbers tell a larger story of the positive impact of UTSA in our community, emphasizing our university's commitment to fostering an environment where every student can thrive and successfully prepare for their chosen careers, as well as the evolving demands of the workforce.”

Other highlights according to the census day report from the UTSA Office of Institutional Research and Analysis, include

  • Half of UTSA students hail from Bexar County while another 45% percent come from other counties in Texas, underscoring the university’s role in serving the people of San Antonio and Texas.

  • Undergraduate enrollment grew by 2.7%; doctoral enrollment grew by 1.7%.

  • Enrollment in fully online programs grew by 20.6%, from 845 students in spring 2023 to 1,019 this year. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked UTSA among the top 20% of online programs for the university’s approach to creating an engaging education in a fully online classroom environment.

  • 67% of the on-campus student population is age 22 or younger. Comparatively, 78% of students enrolled in fully online programs are 23 or older. Generally, students enrolled in fully online programs are older, may have some college experience but never completed a degree, or need a flexible academic path due to career or family life. With the exception of age, online students are more alike demographically to their on-campus peers, with 50% of online students residing in Bexar County, and 44% hailing from other Texas counties.

Rebecca Luther

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