For the 16th year in a row, a record number of students have registered for fall 2014 classes at The University of Texas at El Paso.
The University registered 23,079 students for the fall semester compared to last year’s previous high of 23,003.
“We are very pleased that there continues to be steady growth in UTEP’s enrollment, confirming that students understand the benefits of earning a university degree and recognize that an affordable and high-quality education is available to them at The University of Texas at El Paso,” said UTEP President Diana Natalicio. “This University takes pride in its success in providing students with a broad range of opportunities to forge a better future for themselves and their families. We look forward to working with them to achieve their goals.”
The total enrollment number includes 1,848 transfer students, most from El Paso Community College, an 8.3 percent increase over 2013. A growing number of them are graduates of regional school district Early College High Schools, most of whom enter UTEP as juniors, having completed at least 60 credit hours through EPCC.
The registration increase is a testament to the University’s ongoing commitment to El Paso’s students through its collaboration with the regional independent school districts and El Paso Community College, said Donna Ekal, Ph.D., associate provost for undergraduate studies.
“Once students arrive on campus, they can take advantage of the many programs available to support their success as undergraduates,” Ekal said in reference to the extensive framework of social, research and academic opportunities.
She added that the University’s message of “access and excellence” has been amplified this year because of its Centennial Celebration, which includes the Campus Transformation to a more pedestrian-friendly campus, and the recent Washington Monthly magazine rankings that rated UTEP among the Top 10 universities in the country.
Among the other positive enrollment news was the bump in the number of semester credit hours for which students registered this fall. It is part of a continuing trend that started several years ago and signifies how students are taking advantage of the available courses and accelerating their time to degree completion. The University also saw a small increase in the size of its freshman class.
Gary Edens, Ed.D., vice president for student affairs, said the numbers show that students throughout the El Paso region see UTEP as an affordable university with high quality academic programs.
“Especially exciting is the fact that so many of El Paso’s top 10 percent students – young people who could attend any institution in Texas – select UTEP as their school of choice,” Edens said. “It is a great time to be a Miner!”
This fall’s rise in overall enrollment comes after the University awarded a record number of undergraduate and doctoral degrees during the 2013-14 academic year.