The spring semester – which begins Monday, Jan. 13 – has already shown an increase in early registration numbers compared to last year with more than 12,220 students registering as of Jan. 8 said David Zuniga, director of Admissions and Records. Last year, 10,798 students had registered at this time.
"We have noticed an increase in enrollment for the spring 2003 semester," Zuniga said. "Currently, enrollment figures reflect a 9.9 percent increase from last year."
He attributes the increase in registration numbers to UT Pan American’s student access, marketing, recruitment, and retention efforts.
"Not only is UTPA making efforts to increase enrollment, but also to increase and retain the number of better prepared students," Zuniga said.
Zuniga said the increase in the number of classes offered at the University is also a factor in the boosting of registration numbers. Last spring, UTPA academic departments offered a total of 57,000 seats to students, this year the number has jumped to 57,872.
Students can register via ASSIST (Advanced Services for Student Information Supported by Technology) – which provides access to general, academic and financial information from home and various locations on campus.
ASSIST services include a voice response telephone system (956/381-3000/3030) and web (www.assist.panam.edu or telnet panam1.panam.edu) for students.
Zuniga also said students have time to make changes to their schedules through Jan. 17 – which can also be made through ASSIST services or by logging on to the campus pipeline at cp.panam.edu
Payment deadlines for students who have registered or made changes to their schedules should be made by Jan. 17. Students can make payments by using a major credit card or check payment through WEBCHECK via phone by calling 956/381-3030, or web or at any of the KIOSK locations on campus.
"It is very important that students who are still registering or making changes to their schedules make their payments by the due date of Jan. 17," Zuniga said. "Students who fail to make payments will be dropped from all their classes."
The ASSIST phone line and web site are operational from Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Computer labs in the Academic Services Building are also available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To further assist students, key student service offices and academic deans’ offices will be opened until 7 p.m. on Jan. 9-10, 13-16 and 21-22.
For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Records at 956/381-2201 or 956/381-2206.