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UTSA enrollment hits record high of 26,340

(Sept. 16, 2004)--Enrollment at UTSA has reached a record 26,340 students for fall 2004, according to university officials. The number represents a gain of 1,675 students -- a nearly 7 percent increase in the number of students enrolled in fall 2003.

"UTSA continues to be a university of first choice as it also becomes one of the state's next premier research universities," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. Since he became president in 1999, the university's enrollment has jumped 42 percent.

Romo also credits the record enrollment to recruiting efforts beyond Bexar County and to the addition of new master's and doctoral programs. Harris County (Houston) now ranks as the second largest source of students enrolled at UTSA.

"The university's 3,000 residence hall rooms are filled to capacity, and we have opened a new $54 million academic building to accommodate the needs of our growing student population," said Rosalie Ambrosino, UTSA vice president for student affairs.

UTSA celebrated its 35th anniversary in July and launched an ambitious plan to become one of the nation's top 100 research universities within 10 years while continuing to remain accessible to the South Texas population it serves. The university has plans for $750 million in additional construction over the next six years and the hiring of nearly 75 faculty members each year through 2012.

In Texas, student enrollment figures at public higher education institutions are set on census day, this year Sept. 10, and forwarded for review to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Enrollment is one of several criteria used to determine the amount of state funding each institution receives to support its education mission.

--David Gabler

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UTSA Census Day Enrollment Statistics, Fall 2004

Total males: 12,025
Total females: 14,315
Total Minority*: 14,876
College of Business: 5,811
College of Education and Human Development: 4,326
College of Engineering: 1,766
College of Liberal and Fine Arts: 5,412
College of Public Policy: 881
School of Architecture: 797
College of Sciences: 4,908
Undeclared major: 2,439
Total University: 26,340
Total Enrollment at Downtown Campus: 6,128
Students attending Downtown and 1604 campuses: 3,529
Students attending Downtown Campus only: 2,599

* "Minority" includes Black Non-Hispanic, Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaskan Native students

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