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Hispanic Enrollment Up, Bucking Trend at UT Austin

 AUSTIN, Texas

Although spring enrollment is down over all at the University of Texas at Austin, numbers are up slightly for Hispanic, African American and foreign students, a preliminary report shows.

The report shows total enrollment for the spring 2009 semester is 47,334, a decrease of 234 students (-0.5 percent) from spring 2008,  according to Kristi D. Fisher, associate vice provost and director of the university’s Office of Information Management and Analysis.

However, the number of Hispanic students is 7,484, a 1.5 percent increase over spring 2008, according to the preliminary “12th class day” numbers. African American student enrollment is 2,093 (up 4.2 percent), and the foreign student total is 348 (up 1.5 percent) for spring 2009.

Enrollment decreased for white students to 25,757 (1.9 percent) and for American Indian students to 197 (4.8 percent). Asian American enrollment, at 7,199 remained about the same, with only two fewer students than in spring 2008.

Fisher said white students constitute 54.4 percent of enrollment, compared to 55.2 percent in spring 2008; American Indian students, 0.4 percent unchanged; African American students, 4.4 percent, compared to 4.2 percent last year; Asian American students, 15.2 percent, compared to 15.1 percent; Hispanic students, 15.8 percent, compared to 15.5 percent; and foreign students, 9 percent, compared to 8.8 percent. Students whose ethnicity was not known remained unchanged at 0.7 percent.

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