University enrolls record freshman class, sees largest increases in student populations
TYLER (September 20, 2023) – The University of Texas at Tyler is celebrating a record breaking enrollment year, seeing its largest enrolled freshman class for the third consecutive year, while enhancing retention rates among new transfer and graduate/professional students.
“We welcome all new and returning students to this academic year,” said UT Tyler President Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP. “UT Tyler is one of the fastest growing institutions as noted by the most recent Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and I want to thank our faculty and staff for their outstanding efforts in support of our recruitment and retention initiatives.”
Total fall 2023 enrollment for the university is 9,761 students. First-time-in-college freshmen made up 1,328 of those students, which is a 14% increase over the previous record year of 2021. New transfer enrollment is 1,163 students, which is an overall increase of 9.72% – the highest in the last three years – while graduate/professional programs saw a 21% increase with 692 students, which is the highest within the last five years.
“We are extremely delighted about this news as we gained valuable market share in a declining market,” said Dr. Amir Mirmiran, UT Tyler provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “This benefits not only the university but also the communities that we serve.”
UT Tyler continued its synergies of improved student service and strategic enrollment initiatives to better support constituents in the region and foster enrollment growth.
“Through outreach to the community, we were able to build stronger relationships with our East Texas high school community and higher education partners,” said David Barron, UT Tyler vice president of enrollment management. “The University of Texas at Tyler is becoming a first-choice, four-year university for our local high school and transfer students.”
Fall 2023 Enrollment Highlights include:
- Largest entering freshman class in institutional history – 1,328
- Largest First-Time-In-College (non-CAP) students in institutional history – 1,181 • Highest number of top 10% incoming freshmen – 232
- Highest number of top 25% incoming freshmen – 548
- Highest increase in new transfers in the last three years – 1,163
- Highest increase in new graduate students in at least the last five years – 692
With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 10,000 students.
Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.