As the University of Texas at Austin becomes more and more successful in helping students graduate on time, its ability to enrol more and more students also increases. This year, the USA’s University of Texas at Austin was able to record its largest-ever incoming class.
In a report published by the university, it boasted over 9,000 first-time freshmen undergraduates, as compared to its previous highest in 2018, when it recorded 8,960 first-time freshmen. The reports highlighted that the total university enrollment rose 3% from 50,476 to 51,992 over last year’s total enrollment, almost breaking its all-time high of 52,261 in 2002.
In its report, the university was capable of reaching such heights due to the all-time high graduation rates in the four-year and six-year courses. The report highlighted that the four-year graduation rate jumped from 72.2% to 72.7% while the six-year graduation rate spiked from 87.6% to 87.7%.
The President of UT Austin, Jay Hartzell, stated that the rise in graduation rates has directly helped increase access to the university and its seats, which is important even more, as more and more outstanding students are seeking admission in a rigorous, in-person education experience with residential college that UT is renowned for.
Additionally, the number of international students at The University of Texas at Austin also rose from 8.3% in 2020 of all students to 9.1% in 2021 of all students, i.e. rose from 4,173 students to 4,725 students.
Included in the highest-ever recorded number of enrolments are the highest recorded number of first-generation and historically underrepresented groups. Moreover, the university also continues to include some of the highest numbers of students eligible for Pell grants that are available for low-income families.
The University of Texas at Austin has also reported a consistent growth and improvement since 2011, the year it set a goal of keeping a 70% goal of four-year graduation rate, from its then recorded 52%. Since 2012-13, the university introduced campus-wide student success programmes while analysing student data in a bid to offer proactive support to the students, helping them define and stick with a path that leads to graduation.
Among some of the University of Texas at Austin support programmes for students that had been introduced almost a decade ago included academic support, peer mentorship programmes and scholarships in a bid to help incoming students succeed across different programmes.
Some of the highlights of the enrollment figures, using 2020 and 2021 numbers, mentioned in the university’s report include:
Freshmen Class Size increased by 7,1% from 8459 to 9,060.
Increase in Asian undergraduates from 23.2% to 23.8%.
Decrease in first-year retention rate from 96.7% to 96.4%.
Record Highs in the percentage of Hispanic students as student numbers rose from 23.4% to 24.2% and the percentage of Hispanic undergraduate students rose from 26.1% to 27.1%.
A drop in the percentage of Black students at the university was witnessed from 5.3% to 5.2%, however, the numbers rose from 2,660 to 2,728.
A drop in the number of white undergraduates was also witnessed from 37.3% to 35.1%.
A record high of 66,077 applications for undergraduate courses had been recorded this year.
The University of Texas at Austin outlined that the numbers outlined above are preliminary as the data displayed were recorded on the 12th day after the commencement of classes. Certain figures are expected to change in the coming days such as the graduate rate.
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