More than 1,000 first time-in-college students start classes on Monday

More than 1,000 high school graduates will begin their college careers at The University of Texas at Tyler when hybrid classes start Monday, an increase of 15 percent over last year and beating the previous record (fall 2018) of 908.

One thousand thirty-one first-time-in-college (FTIC) students have enrolled as of this week, UTTyler President Michael Tidwell announced during the annual Faculty and Staff Convocation Friday morning.

First-time-in-college refers to students who have completed high school but who have not yet enrolled full-time in college. Because of dual credit, AP testing and other early credit programs, many of these students have accumulated enough credits to be classified as sophomores when starting at UT Tyler.

“We are excited to be here for new students as they pursue their dreams,” said Lucas Roebuck, vice president for marketing and chief communications officer. “Safety continues to be very important to us. University faculty and staff worked hard all summer to implement a hybrid model that offers appropriate pandemic precautions and still provides the educational value of face-to-face classes.”

Information about the University’s plan for safe classes this fall can be found online at

Complete, final enrollment numbers will be released on the University’s official census date, September 4. A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered to nearly 10,000 students. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News and World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.