UT Arlington spring 2016 enrollment hits record for Texas students

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Enrollment at The University of Texas at Arlington reached a record 38,650 Texas-based students for the spring 2016 semester, a 6 percent increase from a year ago, and up 4.4 percent from fall of 2015.

The university now has a total of 50,661 degree seeking students on campus and in online degree programs. That number is projected to climb to 55,000 this year as new sections of online nursing and education degree programs begin throughout the spring and summer.

The enrollment report also shows that the UTA College of Engineering is now the third largest in the state of Texas, as enrollment increased 13 percent over the previous spring. The College of Nursing and Health Innovation enrollment grew 16 percent over spring 2015 and is now the largest producer of trained nurses in the state of Texas and the third largest in the nation. The College of Education also saw growth with a 4 percent increase over spring 2015.

“These numbers continue to demonstrate that UTA is increasingly an institution of first choice for students across Texas and globally, due to our faculty of national renown, cutting edge research, and focus on maintaining accessibility and affordability,” said UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhar in a news release. “We are increasingly providing our students with unique experiences such as undergraduate research opportunities that distinguish UTA in the collegiate landscape.”

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UT Arlington, the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas took some strides toward becoming a Tier 1 university earlier this month when they were named to a higher research category by the Carnegie Classification on Institutions of Higher Education.