AUSTIN, Texas — This fall, The University of Texas at Austin admitted its largest incoming class and enrolled more students than ever before. The university has 9,109 freshman undergraduate students, according to data collected on the 12th day of class of the current fall term, surpassing the previous year’s record of 9,060. The total number of enrollments at the university grew to 52,384, surpassing the all-time high of 52,261 set in 2002.
The increases, which followed another year of high application numbers, were made possible in large part by the university’s continued commitment to improving four- and six-year graduation rates, where UT Austin again established all-time highs in both categories. The four-year rate rose to 73.5% this year, an increase of 21 percentage points since 2012, while the six-year rate rose to 87.8%, a gain of nine percentage points over the last decade.
Graduation rates at UT have shown steady improvement since 2011, when the university set a goal of increasing the four-year graduation rate from 52% to 70%. Beginning in 2012-2013, the university implemented campus-wide student success programs and analyzed student data to provide proactive support to students to help them define and follow a pathway towards graduation. The programs provide peer mentorship, academic support, and access to scholarships to help more incoming students succeed in college.
“Year after year, more and more of the most outstanding students from Texas and beyond desire to enroll in our world-class university,” said UT Austin President Jay Hartzell. “Improved graduation rates reduce student expenses and allow them to generate income sooner, while expanding opportunities for incoming students who seek the rigorous education and dynamic college experience that UT offers. .”
The university also welcomes more first-generation and historically underrepresented groups than ever before, while continuing to serve some of its largest numbers of students eligible for Pell grants, which are available for low-income families. Once in class, these students follow the general trends of the university, achieving consistently higher results compared to the historical standards of the university. Four-year graduation rates for Black, Hispanic, first-generation, and Pell-eligible students have increased, on average, by 27 percentage points since 2012, and each group has narrowed the gap with the overall graduation rate by the university.
Overall, the number and percentage of historically underrepresented students at the university—who identify as Black, Hispanic, Native American or Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian or other North Islander Pacific – reached their highest level ever, now representing 33.6% of the undergraduate population and 30.3% of the university as a whole. At the undergraduate level alone, UT Austin will educate 13,872 historically underrepresented students in 2022, one of the largest totals of any flagship university in the state or a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities.
Hispanic enrollment again reached historic highs, further cementing the university’s trajectory as one of the largest and most prestigious Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in the nation. The percentage of Hispanic undergraduate students increased to 27.9% from 27.1% last year, and Hispanic students made up a 29.5% plurality of freshmen this fall.
The number of black undergraduate students also increased, from 2,219 last fall to 2,269 this fall, with the total number of black students (graduate and undergraduate) rising from 2,728 to 2,759.
First-generation undergraduate enrollment rose to 9,636 from 9,387 last year, representing 23.3% of all current undergraduates.
“We are committed to recruiting talented students with diverse backgrounds and experiences,” Hartzell said. “The gains we have made are a testament to this effort, as well as our campaign pledge to raise $1 billion for scholarships and student support programs that will continue to expand opportunities for Longhorns in traditionally underserved communities. .”
The number of international students has also increased, from 4,725 (9.1% of all students) in 2021 to 5,117 (9.8% of all students) this year.
|Four-year undergraduate graduation rate increase|
|Increase in six-year undergraduate degree completion rate|
* Preliminary from the 12th day of class|** Black includes both “Black or African American Alone” and “Black or African American Multiracial (Excluding Hispanics) | ***Reflects first verifiable data from 2014
Notable year-over-year fall enrollment figures from fall 2021 to fall 2022:
- The total number of registrations increased from 51,992 to 52,384.
- The incoming freshman class size has fallen from 9,060 to 9,109.
- The overall percentage of Hispanic students increased from 24.2% to 24.8%, the percentage of Hispanic undergraduate students increased from 27.1% to 27.9%, and the percentage of Hispanic undergraduate students year went from 29.1% to 29.5% – all records.
- The total number of black students (undergraduate and graduate) increased from 2,728 to 2,759, and the percentage increased slightly, from 5.2% to 5.3%. The percentage of first-year black students was 6.1%.
- The number of first-generation college students increased from 9,387 to 9,636, while their percentage increased from 22.9% to 23.3% of undergraduates.
- The four-year graduation rate of Pell-eligible students fell from 66.1% to a new high of 68.5%, further narrowing the gap with the graduation rate of non-Pell-eligible students of 74 .9%.
All 2022 figures in this release are for the 12th day of school and therefore preliminary. Some numbers, such as graduation rates, may change slightly as additional student status information is finalized for federal and state reporting; the final figures will be published instatistical manualthe definitive source of annual university data.