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Record Number of Students Enroll at UTB
BROWNSVILLE, TEXASSEPTEMBER 17, 2013 The University of Texas at Brownsville exceeded student enrollment projections for the fall semester.
The university had 8,420 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students enrolled for the fall semester. The students are from 17 different nations and were awarded more than $62 million in federal financial aid to more than 5,700 students, according to information from the Enrollment Center @ The Tower. More than 1,400 students attended this summer’s series of orientations.
“Students don’t arrive on this campus by chance,” said Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, President of UTB. “They are recruited, receive scholarships, some are attracted to our athletic teams, our chess teams, enticed and advised.” 
A day on campusUndergraduate students are enrolled for 80,216 semester credit hours. Graduate students are taking 5,863 semester credit hours and doctoral students are taking 336 semester credit hours.
Bianca Pineda, 24, a junior special education major from Brownsville and a graduate of Lopez High School, is taking 14 semester credit hours and works part-time 20 hours a week in the Department of Music answering telephones and working with Patron of the Arts ticket sales. She aspires to be a licensed speech language pathologist.
“It’s very convenient having a job on campus,” said Pineda. “The staff is very flexible with the hours, like if I can’t make it into work because of classwork or I have a project to do, they are very understanding. I don’t have to worry about a commute.”
The fall semester marked the first time the university has required students to meet minimum standardized test scores. Students who were in the top 25 percent of their graduating classes did not have minimum score requirements.  
“Students were not deterred by the new admissions standards; they earned their way in,” said Garcia.
The College of Liberal Arts has the largest population with 3,396 students. Dr. Javier Martinez, the college’s dean, said the most popular majors are criminal justice and psychology.
“Each department has its own recruitment initiative that is tied to the larger recruiting process at UTB,” said Martinez. “One of the things we will be doing moving forward is pooling our resources with Enrollment Management’s people. They have a team devoted to work the high schools and making connections with faculty and administrators here at the university. The College of Liberal Arts is going to have professors from each department who will be tasked with reaching out to students in the community to give them information about programs and be a point of contact on the academic side.”
Dr. Mark Kroll, Dean of the School of Business, attributed the 1,218 students enrolled in business programs this semester to the 2012 accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. The most popular majors in the School of Business are management and accounting.
“Only 30 percent of U.S. business schools hold AACSB International accreditation. Our students can be rest assured that they are getting a very high quality, state-of-the-art business education,” said Kroll.
The number of students could rise more in the next academic year with the addition of a materials management and logistics degree, said Kroll.
The College of Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions saw the popularity of the bachelor’s degree in biomedical science triple this fall. A factor is the college beginning the Accelerated Professional Relevant Integrated Medical Education – Transformation of Medical Education track this fall enabling students to earn the bachelor’s degree and complete a doctor of medicine degree in six years. More than 20 students are in the degree track’s first cohort.


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