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The University of Texas at Tyler
University of Texas - UT TYLER LOGO
Established 1971
Type State University
President Dr. Rodney H. Mabry
Provost Dr. Richard L. Osburn
Faculty 378
Undergraduates 4764
Postgraduates 1373
Location Tyler, Texas, USA
Campus Suburban, 204 acres (0.8km²)
Sports UT Tyler Patriots
Colors Orange, Blue
Affiliations NCAA Division III, American Southwest
Website www.uttyler.edu

The University of Texas at Tyler, also referred to as UT Tyler, is a coeducational public university located in Tyler, Texas, USA, operating as a regional component campus of the University of Texas System serving the East Texas region.[1]

UT Tyler consists of four professional colleges and one traditional college of arts and sciences, offering over 90 academic degree programs at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. The University of Texas at Tyler is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The university has a student body of over 6,100, a 16:1 student to faculty ratio, and a park-like campus centered around Harvey Lake.[2]

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History

Harvey Lake, located in the middle of the UT Tyler campus

The University of Texas at Tyler was founded in 1971 as Tyler State College. The school was renamed Texas Eastern University in 1975, and then joined the University of Texas System in 1979 as a result of action by the 66th Texas Legislature. Initially, UT Tyler was a "senior" level institution ("senior" as compared to community or junior colleges), teaching only upper division undergraduate courses for juniors & seniors, as well as graduate level courses, and granting bachelors and masters degrees. Thus, until 1998, all U.T. Tyler students were transfer students from other institutions of higher learning -- junior colleges or other universities. In 1997, the 75th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1795, signed into law by Governor George W. Bush, authorizing the school to add classes for freshmen and sophomore students. As of the Fall semester 1998, UT Tyler became a 4-year and graduate institution, following the full U.S. university pattern, i.e. educating students from the freshman level through graduate and postgraduate levels.

Academics

The University's ten most popular majors are Nursing, Education, Business Management, Psychology, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Biology, History, and Health & Kinesiology.

Campus

The Riter Tower, the largest carillon in Texas

UT Tyler’s main campus is located on 204 acres (0.83 km2), just inside the eastern city limits of Tyler, Texas. The UT Tyler campus is less than 40 years old, with a modern, master-planned and integrated architectural style of buildings. Because of vigorous growth in enrollment, many new buildings and sports facilities have been constructed at the main campus since 1995. Once located well outside the city's corporate limits, by 2005, the campus was almost completely surrounded by residential housing, and is therefore limited to expansion within its current boundaries.

The master plan for the school's campus indicates relatively little expansion capability for the near future (20 years), unless existing buildings are enlarged or replaced. Because the residential properties surrounding the campus are still relatively young in their developed use and value, additional land acquisition for the school is not likely for at least the next 20 years. The university has satellite campuses in nearby cities of Longview, Texas and Palestine, Texas.

One of the most prominent features of the UT Tyler campus is the Riter Tower, an 88-foot (27 m) carillon featuring 58 bells. The tower was built with a $1.35 million dollar gift from Mr. and Mrs. A.W. "Dub" Riter Jr. It is the largest carillon in Texas, and the 15th largest in the United States.

The Herrington Patriot Center includes a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio-theater and circuit training, racquetball courts, heated pool and spa, indoor walking/jogging track, and gymnasium/convocation area with basketball/volleyball court and seating for 2,300.

The R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center attracts a wide array of cultural entertainment, and 26,000 patrons attend the performances annually.

On-campus housing options include one dormitory, Ornelas Hall, and two apartment complexes, Patriot Village, which is owned by UT Tyler, and University Pines, which is owned by an outside company but works in conjunction with the college.

Activities

Student rides in car made during art class

UT Tyler offers over 80 student organizations including Greek fraternities and sororities.

Athletics

UT Tyler Women's Basketball Team

UT Tyler competes in the American Southwest Conference of the NCAA's Division III. Both the men's and women's sports teams are referred to as the Patriots. [3]

UT Tyler participates in the following fifteen sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball, Men's
  • Basketball, Women's
  • Cross Country, Men's
  • Cross Country, Women's
  • Golf, Men's
  • Golf, Women's
  • Soccer, Men's
  • Soccer, Women's
  • Softball
  • Tennis, Men's
  • Tennis, Women's
  • Track, Men's
  • Track, Women's
  • Volleyball

Patriot student-athletes have won 15 American Southwest Conference East Division and overall championships, and had 71 ASC All Academic Team awards.

In May, 2007, UT Tyler finished their four-year provisional status with the NCAA as a start-up athletic program. In September 2007, the Patriots became full members of the NCAA, and for the first time eligible for national rankings and postseason events.

UT Tyler student athletes have been found to earn a higher grade point ratio than the student body as a whole.[4]

References

  1. ^ About UT Tyler
  2. ^ About UT Tyler
  3. ^ Patriots Athletics
  4. ^ UT Tyler Student-Athletes Score High On Field And Off

External links

Coordinates: 32°19′02″N 95°15′07″W / 32.317258°N 95.251937°W / 32.317258; -95.251937

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