February 16, 2011 | | Leave a comment Officials from University of Texas (UT) Arlington recently announced that spring enrollment hit an all-time high this year, according to the school's website. Enrollment reached 33,788 during the spring this semester. Officials attribute the increase to the expansion of online courses as well as the recruiting and retention of students. "More students and families are aware of UT Arlington’s reputation as a comprehensive university with a strong research program, a vibrant campus life and an exceptional education at a reasonable price," said James D. Spaniolo, president of the school, quoted on the website. As a result, the school's Colleges of Nursing as well as Education and Health Professions are currently experiencing enrollment increases. For example, the College of Nursing has climbed to more that 6,600 students, which which is up from the 5,000 enrollees who attended last fall. Meanwhile, the College of Education and Health Professions increased by 400 students. According to a 2009 Reuters report, the online education industry grew by 17 percent. Furthermore, nearly 25 percent of U.S. students currently take at least some web-based courses.