EL PASO- UTEP is celebrating an increase in fall enrollment for the 13th straight year.
The University also experienced sizeable jumps in first-time students, doctoral students, and general course loads.
Fall census figures show that 22,640 students enrolled for the fall courses compared to 22,106 in fall 2010. That is a 2.4 percent increase.
Craig Westman, Ph.D., associate vice president for enrollment services, said the growth in student population reflects the value that the students and their families see in the kind of education they can receive at UTEP, which offers 75 bachelor’s degrees, 78 master’s degrees and 19 doctoral degrees.
“UTEP continues to offer an excellent education at a very affordable price,” he said.
Westman attributed the University’s success in attracting first-time students to the numerous community outreach efforts – many which have been in place since before the students were born. The number of new students increased to 2,839 this fall from 2,605 in 2010.
“Every department is involved in getting the word out that UTEP is an excellent, research-driven institution that makes its graduates highly desirable in the job market,” Westman said. “That message is delivered from El Paso high school seniors to doctoral students around the world.”
One of the biggest increases – 9.7 percent – was in the category of doctoral/special professional degrees, which includes Ph.D., Ed.D. and D.P.T. (Doctor of Physical Therapy) degrees. The University reported 656 doctoral students this year compared to 600 last year. That is a strong indicator that UTEP is moving toward its goal of becoming a national research (Tier One) institution, said Ben Flores, Ph.D., acting dean of the Graduate School.
Total semester credit hours jumped 3.8 percent – to 238,056 this fall from 229,413 in 2010 – which can be attributed to the growing number of students as well as UTEP’s strategic effort to offer enough of the right classes that will keep students on track for an on-time graduation, Westman said.