When classes start next fall, UT is expected to welcome more than 8,500 incoming freshmen to UT, according to the provost’s office.
“This is the largest incoming freshmen class in the history of UT,” said Joey Williams, interim communications director for the provost’s office. “We’re working really hard to deliver the highest quality education to the largest number of students ever.”
David Laude, senior vice provost for enrollment and curriculum, said UT is able to enroll more students this year in part because increased four-year graduation rates have eliminated the “backlog” of students currently enrolled at UT, opening more spots for incoming freshmen. Also, more freshmen automatically qualified for automatic admission this year than in previous years, he said.
“There are more people who understand how they are supposed to use their four years on campus,” Laude said. “That’s much more solidified and cemented in the place that it’s supposed to be. Students are much more focused on a specific major that they have chosen as they arrive.”