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Between 2010 and 2015, our six-year graduation rate rose 9 percentage points, the ACT scores of our incoming freshmen grew to reflect those at our peer institutions, and first-year student retention rose by 3 percentage points.

In November 2014, UT won the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Most Visible Progress Trailblazer award for improving our retention and graduation rates.

First Year Retention Rate chart

Much of our success has come as a result of some targeted and purposeful programs and initiatives:

  • One Stop Student Services opened in summer 2013 to help improve the business transactions between the university and our students.
  • uTrack launched in fall 2013 to help undergraduates track their academic progress and better prepare them to graduate on time.
  • The 15-4 tuition model went into effect in fall 2013 to encourage students to take at least 15 credit hours each semester in order to graduate on time and with less debt.
  • Former Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek visited the White House in spring 2014 and committed to three new programs to help improve access to education and academic success. One of those, Math Camp, is now in its third year and has helped selected incoming freshmen prepare for math-intensive majors. Sixty-three percent of attendees at the 2015 camp placed into the more advanced course needed for their chosen major.

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