University of Texas at Tyler

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The University of Texas at Tyler
University of Texas at Tyler seal.svg
TypeState university
Endowment$76.1 million (2016)[1]
PresidentMichael Tidwell
ProvostAmir Mirmiran
Undergraduates10,527 (Fall 2017)[2]
Location, ,
CampusSuburban, 400 acres
ColorsOrange, White, and Blue
AthleticsNCAA Division II - LSC
University of Texas at Tyler logo.svg

The University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler) is a coeducational public university located in Tyler, Texas, United States. Founded in 1971, it is a component institution of The University of Texas System.[3]

UT Tyler consists of five 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 fall 2017 student body enrollment of 10,527, a 20:1 student to faculty ratio, and a park-like campus centered on Harvey Lake.[3]


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 bachelor's and master's 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.


The university's majors include Nursing, Education, Business (Accounting, Finance, Management, & Marketing), Communications, Biology, English, History, Industrial Technology, Industrial Management, Music, Economics, Health & Kinesiology, Computer Science and Information Systems, Psychology, and Engineering (Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical). UT Tyler offers doctoral studies in nursing, pharmacy, and human resource development.

The university also offers a selective four-year honors program for high-achieving undergraduate students of all majors.[4]


The Riter Tower

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 more 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 1996.

One of the most prominent features of the UT Tyler campus is the Riter Tower, an 88-foot (27 m) carillon featuring 57 bells. The tower was built with a $1.35 million gift from Mr. and Mrs. A.W. "Dub" Riter Jr. The instrument is played with an electronic keyboard connected at sites in the music department, the administration building or at the base of the carillon tower. The title of largest carillon in Texas for most bells goes to the Riter Carillon at UT Tyler, although the Kniker Carillon at The University of Texas at Austin boasts more tonnage.

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 four apartment complexes, Patriot Village, Eagle's Landing and The Reserve which are owned by UT Tyler, and University Pines, which is owned by an outside company but is on university land and works in conjunction with the university.


Student rides in car made during art class
The Innovation Pipeline, a makerspace collaboration between UT Tyler and the City of Tyler

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


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.[5]

The school does not have a football program.

UT Tyler participates in the following fifteen sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field, while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Since 2005, UT Tyler student-athletes have won 29 American Southwest Conference Championships, 29 ASC East Division championships, made 32 team appearances in the NCAA postseason and had 26 students earn All-America or Academic All-America Honors.[6]

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

As of July 2017, the school was considering a move to Division II as a part of a strategy to be a more significant player in the region, possibly building a new athletic campus in the process.[7]

On February 2, 2018, the school formally applied for Division II status; if approved, full membership would begin on September 1, 2021. No conference affiliation was initially announced.[8] After the NCAA approved UT Tyler to begin the transition process, UT Tyler would be announced as a new member of the Lone Star Conference effective with the 2019–20 school year.[9]

Criticism & Controversy[edit]

The University of Texas at Tyler found that it had offered more four-year full fellowships than were in the institution’s plan and that most of those offered scholarships planned to arrive at Tyler in the autumn, Class of 2022. The university responded by revoking between 50 and 60 such scholarships, even though students were being informed long after many of them committed to Tyler and abandoned other college options. Adding to the turmoil for these students is that most of them are from Nepal, so they were obtaining their student visas on the basis of attending a college that many no longer consider to be within reach. The university declined to confirm that all of those who had scholarships revoked were international students, but said that no Texans had scholarships taken away. Admissions officials said that they were simply stunned by UT Tyler's decision.

“What happened on one level is understandable, as almost every US campus is coping with enrollment and budget headaches, including negative reactions from potential international students to recent US rhetoric and policy shifts,” said Jonathan Burdick, vice-provost for enrollment initiatives and dean of college admission at the University of Rochester. But, he added, “In this climate, pulling the rug out from 45 students who have worked their butts off to be prepared for study in a US college is criminal.” About 45 Nepalese students have identified themselves as among those whose scholarships were revoked.

Mr Burdick said: “The buck should stop with the officials who made the offers to figure out how to honour them. If not, there should be accountability at a higher, system-wide level.”

Rochester enrolls some students from Nepal, he added, and many need aid. “They are costly on average but also excellent. Their peers benefit from knowing them.” [10]

Liu, a university adviser at United World College of South East Asia, in Singapore, took an interest in the Nepalese students because she sees important issues at stake. College access, for sure. Global social mobility. Confidence in U.S. colleges abroad. And she knows that the Nepalese students who just lost their full-ride scholarships are, in the grand scheme of the admissions universe, vulnerable.

“These kids don’t have a lot of power,” Liu said. “If these were American kids, there would be public outrage and litigation.” [11]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ a b "About UT Tyler". Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
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  5. ^ "Patriots Athletics". Archived from the original on 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  6. ^ "UT Tyler Athletics Championships". Archived from the original on 2012-10-30. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  7. ^ "UT Tyler working on new strategic plan, changes to branding". Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  8. ^ "The University of Texas at Tyler Applies for NCAA Division II Status". Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Lone Star Conference to Add UT Tyler in 2019" (Press release). Lone Star Conference. August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  10. ^ "Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Wood County since 2003".

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