AUSTIN - A preliminary report released by the University of Texas at Austin on Monday states it graduated a higher percentage of students on time in 2016 than ever before.
The report, prepared by the Office of Institutional Reporting, Research and Information Systems (IRRIS) and the Office of Enrollment Analytics, states 60.9 percent of students earned their degrees in four years or less. The 2016 number is a 3.1 percent increase from 2015 and 10.3 percent increase since 2011. UT said its goal is to raise the four-year graduation rate to 70 percent by 2017.
UT also reported welcoming 8,719 first-time freshmen in the 2016 fall semester, the largest in the university’s history. Overall enrollment at UT-Austin is 51,334, the university said. Other findings from the study included:
- The representation of Hispanic students among incoming freshmen increased to 2,079, or 23.8 percent of the class;
- Representation of African-American students (Black - two or more, excluding Hispanic”) among incoming freshmen increased to 442, or 5.1 percent of the class;
- Five-year graduation rate increased to 79.9 percentage points, an increase of 2.9 percent compared with the previous year;
- The university received 47,511 freshman applications this year, a 9 percent over the previous year;
- Test scores for newly enrolled students had an average SAT equivalent score of 1299.
“Making sure our students from all backgrounds graduate on time is critical to helping them achieve success and keeping down the costs of a college education. I commend all the students who worked hard to stay on track, and everyone at the university who contributed to better serve the education of our students. We are also increasing diversity on campus, especially in light of the successful case in the U.S. Supreme Court, and the university’s upcoming Diversity Action Plan will help us make progress with this important priority,” said President Gregory L. Fenves in a release.
UT added that final enrollment data will be published in October.
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