First day of classes Wednesday for UT students


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on August 28, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 28 at 7:32 AM

AUSTIN – Students head back to class Wednesday for the start of the fall semester at the University of Texas. Tuesday night, thousands of incoming freshmen gathered for the annual "Gone to Texas" rally.

The “Gone to Texas” rally is a time when incoming freshmen and new students learn about a number of Longhorn traditions.

However Tuesday night the 7,200 young people who gathered at UT’s main mall for the event were also challenged to finish their college educations in four years.

“I definitely think it's doable. I mean, it's the goal that I am trying to go for so I hope it is,” said Edidiong Umoh, a UT Freshman.
UT spokesperson Rob Meckel told KVUE  there is more than one reason the university is encouraging students to try to finish in four years. He says it clears the way for new students, eases the financial burdens on students and parents and it gets professionals out in the community quicker.

UT reports that currently 52 percent of all students finish in four years. The university has a goal of 70 percent by 2017.

The first day of classes at UT begin Wednesday.

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