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TUNE IN: Chancellor Milliken discusses UT System's record enrollment with KUT Austin
AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Texas System Chancellor J.B. Milliken interviewed with KUT Austin's Becky Vogel about the UT System's record-breaking enrollment numbers for Fall 2022, the Regent's Promise Plus tuition assistance program, and efforts to recruit students from diverse backgrounds, including early college high schools. The full interview follows along with a transcript of the segment.
The University of Texas System appears to have set a new enrollment record for the fall semester. KUT’s Becky Fogel reports the increase comes amid a slight decline in graduate and undergraduate enrollment nationwide. UT System Chancellor JB Milliken says if you think enrollment is only up because there's an influx of freshmen, you'd be wrong. For one thing, there are more students transferring from community colleges. CHANCELLOR MILLIKEN: “And we're seeing an increase in early college high school programs as well, where students can get up to two years of college credit while they're in high school and then move on.” According to preliminary data, 244,276 students are enrolled at UT system campuses this fall. Milliken thinks another reason for this record enrollment is a new $300 million endowment called Promise Plus. CHANCELLOR MILLIKEN: “Which provided thousands more students with free tuition and mandatory fees.” Students at seven UT institutions are eligible for the Promise Plus program, including UT San Antonio and UT Dallas.
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About The University of Texas System
For more than 130 years, The University of Texas System has been committed to improving the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research and health care. With 13 institutions that enroll more than 240,000 students collectively, the UT System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States. UT institutions produce more than 67,000 graduates annually and award more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees and more than 60% of its medical degrees. Collectively, UT-owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics accounted for more than 10.6 million outpatient visits and more than 2 million hospital days in 2021. UT institutions are among the most innovative in the world, collectively ranking No. 3 for most U.S. patents granted in 2021, and the UT System ranks No. 1 in Texas and No. 2 in the nation for federal research expenditures. The UT System also is one of the largest employers in Texas, with more than 22,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates and members of the National Academies – and more than 93,000 health care professionals, researchers and support staff. The UT System has an operating budget of $25.2 billion.