AUSTIN (KXAN) - On Tuesday night, about 8,000 students are expected to descend on the Main Mall at the University of Texas for the "Gone to Texas" welcome event.
This year, the university will welcome 7,200 freshmen -- which brings the total enrollment to nearly 52,000.
University officials continue to encourage students to set a goal of graduating within four years.
Currently, 52 percent of students finish their degree within that time period, but the goal is to have 70 percent of this year’s freshmen class finish by 2017.
University officials said 4 out of 5 students currently graduate within six years. It's a number they said is higher than any other public university in Texas but still lower than some of UT's peer public research universities in other parts of the country.
Gone to Texas starts at 8:30 p.m. on the Main Mall, and classes begin on Wednesday.
The Austin Parks Department board will vote on a new design for Auditorium Shores that expands a proposed off leash dog park area by one acre.
Two school buses crashed Tuesday morning in South Austin but none of the children on board were hurt, officials said.
On Tuesday, Capital Metro will roll out it's new MetroRapid fleet and run multiple tests gearing up for its January 2014 debut.
An 8-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Democrats say they finally hold a statewide office again in Texas — thanks to a Republican who's switching sides.
Leander ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state. Their latest demographic report shows a shift in the type of families moving into the district.