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UTSA’s record-breaking freshman class destroys previous numbers

Jonathan Porter

UTSA rose to the No. 151 spot in this year’s U.S. News & World Report’s List of Best Colleges. This has been the most significant increase out of all of the public universities, and it is partly due to the recent rise in freshman enrollment. 

This year, UTSA welcomed its largest freshman class in the history of the university. Nearly 6,000 first-year students walked or logged in to campus and became Roadrunners. This is a 3% enrollment increase from the year before and proves that UTSA still remains a destination choice for students across Texas. 

Over all undergraduate and graduate students, 34,864 students enrolled for the Fall 2023 semester — a 1.5% increase according to UTSA’s Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. 

“UTSA offers numerous pathways for students to become Roadrunners, and as a university, we have implemented comprehensive, integrated enrollment strategies for each of our distinct student audiences,” says Lynn Barnes Jr., UTSA’s senior vice provost for strategic enrollment. 

One of these pathways is UTSA’s Bold Promise Program, which allows college to become affordable to those with an income of $70,000 a year or less. Barnes said over 500 students are entering this program, bringing the overall number to over 1,800. These high-achieving students are attending college with their tuition and mandatory fees covered by UTSA, as long as they meet eligibility requirements. 

UTSA’s online program enrollment also experienced growth this year, with the number of students enrolled in one of UTSA’s seven online degrees increasing to over 1,000 — a 31% increase from last year. 

With UTSA’s 176 degree programs, students are able to pave many different pathways to success and strengthen their careers. Among these programs, five rose to be the most popular among the record-breaking freshman class, and those are biology, business studies, exploratory studies, psychology and computer science. 

Along with these new numbers, UTSA’s Carlos Alvarez College of Business remains its largest academic college for the second year in a row. Enrollment is also on a steady incline for the Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design, the College of Sciences and University College. 

To learn more about UTSA’s new population, visit For more information on UTSA’s admission requirements or to apply, visit

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Noah Willoughby
Noah Willoughby, Staff Writer
Noah (he/him) is a Communications major at UTSA. Noah was born in San Antonio and has been here all of his life. He has spent a large portion of that life working with people who have disabilities throughout various jobs, but decided to come back to college to find a new path. He enjoys reading and writing and hopes to do the latter as a full-time gig.
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Jonathan Porter is a sophomore digital communication major at UTSA. After graduation, he plans on becoming a sports marketer. This is his second semester with The Paisano as part of the photo staff as he aims to improve on his craft and make new connections. He has been doing photography since his senior year in high school and since then, he has dabbled in portrait, landscape, event and sport photography. With The Paisano, he has taken pictures of numerous sports, events and campus life. In his spare time, he likes to workout, meet new people and work on his photography. While not his major, he enjoys getting to gain more experience with photography and even has plans on creating his own business in the future.

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