RICHARDSON, Texas (Aug. 30, 2004) – The number of students enrolled at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) for the fall semester is up as much as 5.2 percent over year-ago levels and has passed 14,000 for the first time in the university’s 35-year history, according to preliminary figures (final figures won’t be reported to the state until about Oct. 1).
According to the latest figures compiled on Friday, total enrollment at UTD reached 14,445 for the fall semester of 2004, compared with 13,718 a year ago and slightly less than 13,600 the year before. The number of entering freshmen soared to 1,254 students, also a record for UTD.
Although Friday’s figures likely will decline in the coming weeks as some students drop classes, preliminary figures compiled at roughly the corresponding time last year indicate that UTD’s enrollment this year will show an increase of at least several hundred students over last year and will surpass 14,000. Total enrollment listed on Aug. 29, 2003, for example, was 14,097. That would suggest an actual enrollment increase this year of 2.5 percent or more, if the erosion in enrollment in the coming weeks turns out to be roughly comparable to the nearly 400-student decline in numbers that occurred last September (from 14,097 to 13,718).
UTD officials are more optimistic than that: They are forecasting that fall 2004 enrollment will settle at about 14,200, which would represent an increase of 3.5 percent.
In the 1998-99 school year, UTD had only 9,516 students. Enrollment has jumped more than 50 percent since then as the university’s academic reputation – as well as its physical plant – has grown dramatically.
“UTD’s enrollment continues to grow, even with the significant tuition increases we have had to impose,” said university President Dr. Franklyn Jenifer. “Just as important, our quality remains high. The SAT scores of our incoming freshman this year average 1238 – the highest ever for UTD and among the two highest of any public university in Texas this year.”
Jenifer added that “it is becoming clear to a growing number of parents and students – both within Texas and outside the state -- that you can get an outstanding education at UTD at a reasonable price.”
Preliminary figures indicated that t he number of undergraduate students at the university grew as much as 5.4 percent, to 9,164, compared with 8,688 last year, while graduate student enrollment increased up to 4.9 percent, to 5,281, compared with 5,030 last year. Of UTD’s seven schools, the School of Management remains the largest, with 4,277 students for the fall semester, while 2,983 students are enrolled in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, the university’s second-largest school.
To help accommodate its rapid enrollment growth, UTD last year opened a new 203,000-square-foot building for the School of Management and a 23,000-square-foot satellite facility on the Richardson campus of the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, which has its main facility near downtown Dallas.
And in November, UTD expects to break ground for construction of an $85-million Natural Science and Engineering Research Building on the north end of campus.
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 14,000 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at www.utdallas.edu.