The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reported that enrollment at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) increased by 1.7% from fall 2022 to fall 2023. This brings the total enrollment to 53,082, with an additional 893 students. Although this growth is noteworthy, compared to other public universities in the state, UT Austin ranked sixth in enrollment increases. The Austin American Statesman reports that UT Austin is the second-largest public university in Texas, slightly trailing Texas A&M University, which has 69,598 students.
Despite its enrollment ranking, UT Austin is making a notable academic impact. KXAN reports that, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2024 undergraduate rankings, it holds ninth place among the best public universities nationwide and is the leading public university in Texas. This standing owes much to its highly regarded programs in the McCombs School of Business and Cockrell School of Engineering, as well as Austin's vibrant culture and innovative climate.
A surge to nearly 4% in enrollment from fall 2022 to fall 2023 was observed at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), also a part of the UT System. With a boost of 1,307 students, UTSA topped UT Austin, ranking fourth in enrollment increases among public universities in the state. The University of North Texas and Texas A&M University-College Station saw the highest boosts, adding 2,433 and 2,402 students, respectively.
All in all, the combined 37 public universities in Texas saw an enrollment spike of 11,140 students from fall 2022 to fall 2023. The The Austin American Statesman underscored that, compared to all other public university systems in the state, the Texas A&M University System had the most significant growth.
Despite the state's overall increase in enrollment, 14 public universities saw their enrollment figures decline. UT Tyler, for example, lost 902 students, and UT Dallas saw a decrease of 724 students.
The ascending national ranking of UT Austin, along with the growth of its enrollment, is driven by the quality of its educational programs and the reputation of its faculty. In U.S. News & World Report's 2024 rankings, the McCombs School of Business took the No. 5 spot, with 12 specialties featured in the Top 10 and the accounting program maintaining its No. 1 ranking. Meanwhile, the Cockrell School of Engineering secured the No. 11 spot nationwide, with six specialties in the Top 10 and a No. 11 ranking for its computer science program.
With the release of U.S. News & World Report's 2024 undergraduate rankings, UT Austin solidifies its position as a top public university in Texas and across the nation. The institution and others in the UT System continue to see growth in enrollment and recognition for their academic programs, which indicates a promising future for education in Texas.