The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Fall Enrollment Increases


Tuesday, September 21, 2010
fall enrollment up 16.1% over last fall at utpb!
Contact: Iris Foster, Interim Public Information Officer, 432-552-2806
            A record enrollment of 4,133 ( up 16.1%) was announced today by University of Texas of the Permian Basin President David Watts. He attributes this extraordinary increase to several factors. “We’re firing on all cylinders. Our freshman, transfer, dual credit, online, and graduate student numbers are all higher than last fall. Incoming students are realizing that a bachelor’s degree opens more doorways to financial success with better salaries, health care and retirement benefits, and job security, according to the September 20 issue of The Wall Street Journal.” (Front-page article by Conor Dougherty titled “College Graduates Expand Their Lead in Job Security.”)
            Watts attributes freshman and transfer enrollment growth to the Falcon Promise (up to four years of free tuition and fees for Pell eligible students with family incomes of less than $60,000). To ensure freshman success, UTPB is partnering with AVID to be sure that students have the requisite academic skills to succeed at the university level. While one of the least expensive four-year universities in the state, UTPB is in the top rank of regional universities, according to U.S. News and World Report.
            UTPB continues to serve students from West Texas, and now more students from other areas of the state are attending as well. Students from approximately 140 Texas counties are going to class at the university in person and over the Internet through online classes and programs. Watts expressed gratitude to the University’s school district partners, community college partners, and to UTPB faculty and staff for their work to educate more students.