The student population at The University of Texas at Arlington has grown beyond 34,000 for the first time.
The university said Tuesday they had 34,329 students enrolled in classes for the Spring 2014 semester. If the number of out-of-state online students are included in the total, that number climbs to nearly 38,000.
The school said the population increase is "buoyed by strong growth in the College of Engineering and sustained demand for College of Nursing programs."
The school said they expect enrollment to continue to increase through the spring as new sections of popular online nursing and education programs begin.
As of this writing, the school said there were a record 8,289 nursing students and 4,804 engineering students. Enrollment in the engineering school is up 19 percent from a year ago, the school said. The School of Social Work also saw increases with enrollment up nearly 10 percent to 1,575 students.
"The strong enrollment report follows UT Arlington's 2013 ranking by The Chronicle of Higher Education as the nation's seventh fastest-growing public research university. Total research expenditures climbed to $77.7 million in 2013, fueled by more than $25 million in engineering research and $16.4 million in science research," the university said Tuesday.
In the news release, the school also made mention of several notable rankings including being ranked fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity by U.S. News & World Report and being one of six U.S. "Next Generation Universities" in 2013 by the New America Foundation.
Behind Austin's 50,000 student population, The University of Texas at Arlington, founded as Arlington College in 1895, has grown to be the second-largest campus in the nine-university UT system.