The University of Texas at Tyler

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Tyler State College was established in 1971, and in January 1973 the school opened upper-division classes in the abandoned O. M. Roberts Junior High School. In 1975 it became Texas Eastern University and moved to permanent quarters on a 200-acre wooded tract in southeast Tyler. The grounds, including a lake, are bordered by Old Omen Road on the east, Patriot Avenue on the west, and University Boulevard to the south. On June 2, 1979, Governor William P. Clements, Jr., signed Senate Bill 906 passed by the Sixty-sixth Texas Legislature, which made the university a part of the University of Texas System. The University of Texas at Tyler is the only public, degree-granting university in the East Texas Planning Region, an area which includes fourteen counties and the greater Tyler-Longview metropolitan area. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's and master's degrees. It is organized into six colleges: Business Administration, Liberal Arts, Sciences and Mathematics, Engineering, Nursing, and Education and Psychology. In 2001 the university offered thirty-four bachelor's and twenty-four master's degrees. University enrollment increased from 1,972 in 1979 to 4,096 in 1989, the largest percentage growth in Texas. Seventy-three percent of the students were local, but the rest represented twenty-five states and six countries. For 1992–93 the University of Texas at Tyler had 224 faculty, 3,988 students in the regular session, 3,339 in summer sessions, and 650 in continuing-education courses. By the fall of 2000 enrollment was 3,592, with a faculty of 257. Rodney H. Mabry became the university's third president in 1998.

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Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Date of Founding Notes

Classes first held in 1971 as Tyler State College; as Texas Eastern University, 1975; joined UT System, 1979


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The University of Texas at Tyler is classified as a College or University

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