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More than twice as many students come through the doors of UT Tyler now than 10 years ago. Enrollment for the 2007 fall semester was 6,150 – the largest enrollment in the university’s history. And these undergraduate and graduate students can choose frommore than 75 degrees offered at UT Tyler.

Increased enrollment was not the only focus under President Mabry’s leadership – his passion was to maintain a high level of students. According to the UT System Board of Regents Accountability and Performance Report, 2006-2007, UT Tyler led all nine UT System universities in the percentage of baccalaureate graduates who, within one year, were employed or enrolled in a Texas graduate or professional school.

The figure is 93 percent for UT Tyler, compared to a low of 77 percent and a Systemwide average of 87 percent.

That same report also puts UT Tyler students at or near the top of all 35 Texas universities year after year according to student pass rates of state professional exams.

“Our job at UT Tyler is to create student success. The objective is not to enroll at the university, but to enroll and graduate,” Dr. Mabry has said.

“Our graduates will become nurses who save lives. Our graduates will become engineers who design the roadways and the electronics and the tools that will be used to solve problems. Our graduates will become business leaders who will meet needs in the marketplace and create new jobs in East Texas and beyond. Our graduates will become teachers who show young people the power of learning and the danger of ignorance. Let us dedicate ourselves anew to creating solutions.”

Dr. Lunsford said, “Enrollment has doubled in size, but it’s not just that there are more students, there are completely different types of students. Ten years ago, the typical student was part-time, a working adult trying to finish up a bachelor’s degree or working toward a master’s.Those students are still there, but there are also students right out of high school who want a traditional on-campus experience.”

The quality of students is a point of pride for the university, and especially its leader.

Dr. Mabry “is so proud of UT Tyler students,’’ Irwin said. “A favorite statement of his still is that the ‘quality of our students increases each year.’ He’s always quick to give credit to the outstanding deans and professors in the various schools as ‘they are totally dedicated to bringing out the best in their students.’ ”

In order to give students a complete, wellrounded university experience, UT Tyler has focused on not only increasing the quality of education, but also adding campus life and sports. UT Tyler now offers almost 80 student organizations, including Greek fraternities and sororities.

Patriot Village and University Pines university apartment complexes and the Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Z. Ornelas Residence Hall allow students in the region and from outof- state to live on site. More than 800 students currently live on campus.Soccer Coach Kenny Jones

The athletic program has grown from practically non-existent to a thriving part of university culture. Dr. Howard Patterson joined the university team in 2001 as director of athletics.

“When Howard Patterson came to the university, the athletics department was nothing but a desk, a chair and a pen,’’ Irwin said. “Everything has evolved.”

Last year, the university’s Division III athletic program concluded its provisional status and is now a full member of the NCAA, which makes the programs eligible for postseason competition and rankings.

The program features 15 men’s and women’s sports that have already captured 17 conference titles and one national title for having the best athletic service program nationwide in the division.

“Sports matter to our university because they matter to our students in a big way,” Dr. Mabry said. “Sports provide an opportunity for our scholar athletes to continue playing the sports that they love. Our porgram also adds to the student life and the fun of our university.”

UT Tyler NCAA Patriot Athletics

Basketball (men’s/women’s)
Cross country (men’s/women’s)
Track and field (men’s/women’s)
Golf (men’s/women’s)
Soccer (men’s/women’s)
Tennis (men’s/women’s)

National Championships

2003-04: Men's soccer (USCAA)
1994: Men's tennis (NAIA)
1989: Men's tennis (NAIA)

ASC Championships

2007-08: Men's Tennis
2007-08: Women's Tennis
2007-08: Men's cross country
2006:07: Men's cross country
2006-07: Men's soccer
2005-06: Men's cross country
2005-06: Men's soccer

ASC East Division Championships

2007-08: Baseball
2007-08: Men's Tennis
2007-08: Women's Tennis
2007-08: Women's basketball
2006-07: Baseball
2006-07: Men's tennis
2006-07: Women's tennis
2005-06: Women's basketball
2005-06: Women's tennis
2005-06:Men's tennis
2004-05: Baseball
2004-05: Women's basketball
2004-05: Men's tennis
2003-04: Men's soccer
2003-04: Men's Tennis

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