Spring 2008 Enrollment Increases Slightly at The University of Texas at Austin

Feb. 14, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas — Preliminary enrollment figures for the spring 2008 semester at The University of Texas at Austin show that proportional representation increased slightly for Asian American, Hispanic and African American students compared to the 2007 spring semester.

Proportional representation increased for Asian American students from 14.6 percent in spring 2007 to 15.1 percent in 2008, for Hispanics from 15.1 percent to 15.5 percent and for African Americans from 3.9 percent to 4.2 percent. The report shows a decrease for white students from 56.2 percent to 55.2 percent, for American Indian students from 0.5 percent to 0.4 percent and foreign students from 9.0 percent to 8.8 percent. Representation for students for whom ethnicity was not known remained unchanged at 0.7 percent.

Kristi D. Fisher, associate vice provost and director of the Office of Information Management and Analysis, said these data are preliminary 12th class day numbers.

Preliminary enrollment figures also show that the ratio of male to female students is closer to equal than last year. The proportion of male students increased slightly from 48.8 percent in spring 2007 to 49.1 percent in spring 2008. The proportion of female students decreased from 51.2 percent to 50.9 percent.

Fisher said total enrollment increased by 644 students (1.4 percent) from 46,958 students last spring to 47,602 in spring 2008. She attributed the increase over spring 2007 primarily to increases in continuing students at the undergraduate level.

Preliminary figures show undergraduate enrollment increased by 568 students (1.6 percent) and graduate enrollment (including Pharm. D.) increased by 92 students (0.9 percent). Law school enrollment decreased by 16 students (-1.2 percent).

Total enrollment compared to spring 2007 increased for Asian American students by 4.9 percent (336 students), Hispanic students by 4.4 percent (311 students) and African American students by 9.5 percent (174 students). Enrollment decreased for white students by 0.5 percent (-136 students), American Indian students by 6.8 percent (-15 students) and foreign students by 0.2 percent (-9 students).

The proportion of students from Texas increased from 80.8 percent in 2007 to 81 percent in spring 2008. Out-of-state students remained stable at 10.2 percent while foreign enrollment decreased slightly from 9 percent in spring 2007 to 8.8 percent in spring 2008.

For more information, contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of the President, 512 475 7847.