2009 Fall Semester Enrollment Increases to 51,032 at The University of Texas at Austin

Sept. 15, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — Total enrollment at The University of Texas at Austin increased to 51,032 students for the 2009 fall semester, an increase of 1,048 students (2.1 percent) compared to the 2008 fall semester, according to a preliminary analysis.

An enrollment report provided by Kristi Fisher, associate vice provost and director of the Office of Information Management and Analysis shows undergraduate enrollment increased by 810 students (2.2 percent), graduate enrollment, including Pharm. D., increased by 227 students (2.4 percent) and law school enrollment decreased by 39 students (-3.1 percent). The report also reflects increases in the undergraduate retention rates and the six-year graduation rates.

The preliminary report shows the university's total enrollment figures increased for all ethnic groups. Totals for Asian Americans increased by 378 students (5 percent), for Hispanic students by 340 (4.3 percent), for African American students by 88 (4.0 percent), for foreign students by 127 (2.8 percent), for white students by 53 (0.2 percent) and American Indian students by three students (1.4 percent).

Fisher said the figures are based on 12th class day numbers. Final enrollment figures will be available in October, but there usually is little variation from the preliminary figures, she said.

The preliminary report shows the university's student population for the 2009 fall semester includes 27,280 white, 216 American Indian, 2,280 African American, 7,913 Asian American, 8,270 Hispanic and 4,663 foreign students. There are 410 students for whom ethnicity is not known, an increase of 59 (16.8 percent) over last fall semester.

Proportional representation increased for Asian American students from 15.1 percent to 15.5 percent, for Hispanic students from 15.9 percent to 16.2 percent and African American students from 4.4 percent to 4.5 percent.

The report also shows an increase in the number of first-time freshmen up by 531 to 7,249. This figure includes those freshmen who entered in the summer and continued into the fall semester, as well as new fall entrants.

Fisher said of the 14,213 first-time freshmen offered admission for fall 2009, 7,249 (51 percent) enrolled. According to data provided by the university's Office of Admissions, 78 percent of all entering freshmen were automatically admitted under Texas House Bill 588 (the Top 10 Percent Law). Of the entering freshmen from Texas high schools, 86 percent were admitted under the law. The average American College Test score for the entering class is 27 and the average Scholastic Aptitude Test composite score (math, writing and critical reading) is 1815.

The 2009 fall semester freshmen by ethnicity/race include 3,703 white (an increase of 188), 29 American Indian (an increase of six), 356 African American (a decrease of 20), 1,423 Asian American (an increase of 175), 1,503 Hispanic (an increase of 164), 231 foreign (an increase of 23) and four of unknown ethnicity (a decrease of five students).

The proportional representation of first-time freshmen increased for Asian American (19.6 percent in fall semester 2009 compared to 18.6 percent in fall 2008), Hispanic (20.7 percent in 2009 compared to 19.9 percent), foreign (3.2 percent in 2009 compared to 3.1 percent) and American Indian students (0.4 percent in 2009 compared to 0.3 percent). The proportional representation decreased for African American students to 4.9 percent in 2009 compared to 5.6 percent in 2008 and for white students to 51.1 percent in 2009 compared to 52.3 percent in 2008.

The report also shows that for the first time in two years there is an increase in the retention rate in the freshman to sophomore years (92.4 percent in fall 2009 compared to 90.8 percent in fall 2008). There also was a slight increase in the sophomore to junior year retention (87 percent in fall 2009 compared to 86.9 percent in fall 2008), but a slight decrease in junior to senior year retention (down to 81 percent in 2009 compared to 81.7 percent in 2008).

Graduation rates, however, continue to increase. The report shows four-year graduation rates increased slightly to 52.6 percent in 2009 from 52.5 percent in 2008, and six-year graduation rates increased to 80.7 percent in fall 2009 from 77.9 percent in 2008. Five-year graduation rates decreased slightly to 75.7 percent in fall 2009 compared to 76.3 percent in fall 2008.

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

20 Comments to "2009 Fall Semester Enrollment Increases to 51,032 at The University of Texas at Austin"

1.  Steve said on Sept. 16, 2009

What about gender information?

2.  Patrick Shelley said on Sept. 16, 2009

I thought UT wanted to decrease its enrollment?

3.  mark said on Sept. 23, 2009

What are the four-, five- and six-year graduation rates with respect to each other? It appears that only 50 percent graduate in year four. Of the remaining 50 percent, how many in year five and how many in year six? The 80 percent and 75 percent numbers in year five and six are a rather baffling method of comparison, resulting in 150 percent total graduating.

4.  Tim said on Sept. 24, 2009

Does this make Texas the biggest school in North America again?

5.  Jorge said on Sept. 24, 2009

With increased enrollment university-wide, how will UT accommodate for class sizes and facility space the following semester and academic year(s)?

6.  Dhananjay said on Sept. 24, 2009

mark: The percentages are all calculated from the same pool of entering freshman, so you can't just add the percentages. The 75 percent of students who graduated within five years includes the 50 percent who graduated within four, and similarly for the 80 percent within six years, which includes the 75 percent who graduated within five.

To answer your question, then, of the remaining 50 percent who didn't graduate after four, half (25 percent) graduate in a fifth year (many perhaps, even most of these, are BArch and BSEng students who were in five-year programs). And of the remaining 25 percent only a fifth (5 percent) graduate in a sixth year, bringing the total up to 80 percent.

It will be interesting to see whether the graduation numbers drift upward as Undergraduate Studies exerts more influence on freshman advising. From personal experience working with freshmen, I think many of the students who never graduate are 'lost' in their first semester or two.

7.  Teresa said on Sept. 24, 2009

No, it's not baffling. For simplicity, assume there are 100 students total. After four years, 52.6 have graduated. After five years, 75.7 have graduated. After six years, 80.7 have graduated.

8.  Sharon Beard said on Sept. 24, 2009

Why do you admit such a large number of international students and turn away Texas students? This does not seem right.

9.  Cecilia said on Sept. 24, 2009

Sharon: The reasons for any university--public or private--to target or increase the number of international students in their campuses are economics and diversification. That doesn't seem wrong.

10.  Bill Duff said on Sept. 24, 2009

Has the university taken steps to conform to this Texas Attorney General opinion and the underlying federal statutes?

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on July 23, 2009 issued Opinion No. GA-0732 Re: Whether the State of Texas may permit unauthorized aliens to receive the benefit of in-state tuition at Texas state colleges and universities (RQ-0742-GA) in response to the Honorable Rob Eissler, Chair, Committee on Public Education Texas House of Representatives for member Leo Berman. To wit: We were asked whether Texas "is in violation of federal law and the Equal Protection Clause of . . . the United States Constitution, by allowing illegal aliens in Texas the benefit of in-state tuition in state colleges and universities to the exclusion of nonresident United States citizens."

11.  Bill Duff said on Sept. 24, 2009

It has been disclosed that certain students in the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District have skirted Texas residency requirements for attending public schools and that a broader violation appears to be under way across many Texas school districts. Read the Austin American-Statesman article: "In Del Rio, school system turns away students from Mexico."

Two questions:

1) How does UT verify actual Texas residence and citizenship status for students?

2) What steps does the UT LUCHA program take to verify actual Texas residence and citizenship status for high school correspondence students?

12.  Bill Duff said on Sept. 24, 2009

Which statistical enrollment categories are appropriate for the following Hispanic students? Which students owe out-of-state tuition for: 07-08, 08-09, 09-10 and 10-11 academic years?

1) U.S. citizen - Non-Texas resident of Mexico

2) Mexico citizen - Texas resident - legal immigration status, Texas high school graduate

3) Mexico citizen - Texas resident - undocumented immigration status, Texas high school graduate

Will UT collect out-of-state differential for previous years?

13.  Bill Duff said on Sept. 25, 2009

Texas Tech University (TTU) has increased their national merit scholarships (NMS) from a five-year total of $66,000 to $99,000. The UT NMS has been limited to a four-year total of only $13,000 for the last several years. Recent news reports indicate a UT plan to eliminate the NMS program, due to massive endowment fund financial losses and an administration preference for “needs-based” academic scholarships as opposed to “merit-based" academic scholarships.

Q1: Is UT Austin reconsidering the decision to eliminate NMS participation?

Q2: What numerical and statistical effects have such administration choices had upon UT NMS freshman recruitment and total NMS student enrollment in recent academic years?

UT NMS Freshman Recruitment
06-07, 07-08, 08-09, 09-10

UT NMS Total Enrollment
06-07, 07-08, 08-09, 09-10

Q3: What numerical goals and projections have UT Austin set for future NMS freshman recruitment and total NMS student enrollment?

Projected UT NMS Freshman Recruitment Goals
10-11, 11-12, 12-13, 13-14

Projected UT NMS Total Enrollment Goals
10-11, 11-12, 12-13, 13-14

14.  Bill Duff said on Sept. 25, 2009

It has been credibly alleged in congressional testimony that “parachute children” are brought into the country, often on visitors' visas. They are left here as young as 15 on their own. Children as young as age 6 are left with rented aunties, baby-sitters the parents find. These children are brought here to attend our public schools. They pay no tuition. These children are often left in unsafe situations. They become involved with gangs, drugs and other crimes.

Q1: What steps are taken by the UT LUCHA program to assure that correspondence students safely remain resident with their nuclear families or court appointed guardians?

Q2: What steps are taken by UT Austin to prevent the LUCHA program from aiding and abetting illegal immigrants that unlawfully secure college in-state tuition rates?

Q3: What steps are taken by UT Austin to prevent the LUCHA program from aiding and abetting illegal immigrants in an unlawful quest to secure high school residency educational benefits?

15.  Bill Duff said on Sept. 26, 2009

No state may lawfully provide preferential college tuition rates to any illegal alien, while denying that same rate to every U.S. citizen. Congress statutorily granted non-resident U.S. citizens the right to sue for damages, and specific performance, if they are denied “in-state” tuition rates that are granted to illegal aliens. Several such lawsuits are under way in other states, including California (PDF). Texas is one of 11 states that offer “in-state” tuition rates to illegal aliens, while denying those discounted rates to U.S. citizens from other states. A scan ofStudent Characteristics for Fall 2008 (PDF) does not locate the term “citizen,” though “resident” and “residence” are easily located.

Q1: How many U.S. citizens have been charged non-resident (out of state) tuition for each of the preceding five academic years?

Q2: How many demand letters have been received by The University of Texas at Austin and the UT System related to this subject matter?

Q3: Has The University of Texas at Austin and/or the UT System received notice of suit related to this subject matter?

Q4: How much settlement money has been paid for tuition, legal fees and other related purposes, by The University of Texas at Austin and the UT System related to this subject matter?

Q5: What are the sources of funds for these settlements?

Q6: Have The University of Texas at Austin and the UT System ceased the practice of granting “in state” tuition to undocumented residents (illegal aliens) of the Lone Star State, including undocumented graduates of Texas high schools?

Q7: How many foreign nationals, with legal Texas resident status (green cards, student visas, etc.), have received “in state” tuition rates in each of the preceding five years?

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16.  Peggy said on Sept. 27, 2009

By how much did the freshman acceptance rate increase over expectation? Could the economy have caused more students to go to this public, in-state school?

17.  Norma Duff said on Oct. 1, 2009

Far too many international students. Why are you doing this to our Texas school? Think about Texas students.

18.  anonymous said on Oct. 4, 2009

I think they need to revise the admissions policy. Stop the automatic admission of top 10 percent high school students and implement a stricter grade-point average, SAT-based criteria in order to limit the number of students that can enroll. This could solve the growing population issue and improve the quality of entering students and subsequently, improve the overall graduation, retention rates.

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