Tyler is the county seat of Smith County, located in east-central Texas, United States. The city of Tyler has long been Smith County's major economic, educational, financial, medical, and cultural hub. The city is named for John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States. Tyler had a population of 96,900 in 2010, according to the United States Census Bureau, and Tyler's 2017 estimated population was 104,991. It is 100 miles (160 km) east-southeast of Dallas. Tyler is the principal city of the Tyler Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 209,714 in 2010, and is the regional center of the Tyler-Jacksonville combined statistical area, which had a population of 260,559 in 2010.
Tyler is known as the "Rose Capital of America" (also the "Rose City" and the "Rose Capital of the World"), a nickname it earned from a long history of rose production, cultivation, and processing. It is home to the largest rose garden in the United States, a 14-acre public garden complex that boasts over 38,000 rose bushes of at least 500 different varieties. The Tyler Rose Garden is also home to the annual Texas Rose Festival, attracting tourists by the thousands each year in mid-October. Tyler is also home to the Caldwell Zoo and Broadway Square Mall.
As a regional educational and technology center, Tyler is the host for more than 20,000 higher-education students, a college of engineering, and a university health science center, two regional, billion-dollar hospital systems, and.
In 1985, the international Adopt-a-Highway movement originated in Tyler. After appeals by local Texas Department of Transportation officials, the local Civitan chapter adopted a 2-mi (3-km) stretch of U.S. Highway 69 to maintain. Drivers and other motorists traveling on this segment of US-69 (between Tyler and nearby Lindale) will notice brown road signs that read, "First Adopt-A-Highway in the World."
|City of Tyler|
Clockwise: Tyler skyline with Plaza Tower at right and People's Petroleum building in center, Cotton Belt Depot, Caldwell Zoo, Chamblee Rose Garden, Smith County Courthouse, Goodman Home.
Rose City, Rose Capital, Rose Capital of America
A Natural Beauty
|• City Council||Mayor Martin Heines|
|• City Manager||Edward Broussard|
|• City||54.376 sq mi (140.833 km2)|
|• Land||54.2 sq mi (140.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|Elevation||544 ft (165 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||US: 287th|
|• Density||1,800/sq mi (690/km2)|
|• Urban||130,247 (US: 247th)|
|• Metro||216,080 (US: 200th)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (Central)|
|GNIS feature ID||1348998|
|Major State Highways|
Tyler is located at  at 544 feet (166 m) above sea level. Tyler is surrounded by many smaller cities, including Whitehouse, Lindale, New Chapel Hill, Bullard, Edom, Brownsboro, Kilgore, Flint, and Chandler.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 54.4 square miles (140.8 km2), of which 54.2 mi2 (140.5 km2) are land and 0.1 mi2(0.3 km2²) is covered by water.
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The record high for Tyler is 115 °F (46 °C), which occurred in 2011. The record low for Tyler is −3 °F (−19 °C), which occurred on January 18, 1930.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the 2010 census, 96,900 people resided in the city of Tyler, Texas. The population density was 1,782.0 people per square mile (688.0/km²). The 41,742 housing units averaged a density of 716.7 per mi2(276.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was: 60.5% White, 24.8% Black, 0.5% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 10.3% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. About 21.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The median income for the city was $42,752 and the poverty rate was 19.5%.
Legal recognition of Tyler was initiated by an act of the state legislature on April 11, 1846. Texas created Smith County and authorized a county seat. The first plat designated a 28-block town site centered by a main square, located within a 100-acre tract acquired by Smith County on February 6, 1847. The new town was named for President John Tyler, who advocated for annexation of Texas by the United States. A log building on the north side of the square functioned as courthouse and public meeting hall until it was displaced by a brick courthouse in 1852. On January 29, 1850, Tyler was incorporated. Early religious and social institutions included the First Baptist church and a Methodist church, a Masonic Lodge and an Odd Fellows Lodge, and Tyler’s first newspaper.
Though Tyler’s early economy (1847–1873) was based on agriculture, it was also well-diversified during this period. Logging was a second major industry, while complementary manufacturing included metal working, milling wood, and leather tanning. As the seat of Smith County, the town also benefited from government activity. The local agricultural economy relied on slave labor before the Civil War. By 1860, Tyler held over 1000 enslaved persons, which represented 35 percent of the town’s population. So there was strong support for secession and the Confederacy within Tyler, as a high percentage of its residents voted for secession and many of its men joined the Confederate Army. The town was secure enough for the Confederacy to establish the largest ordnance plant in Texas. In 1870, the first bank in Tyler was established by Bonner and Williams. Though both the Texas and Pacific Railroad and the International Railroad (Texas) eschewed routes through Tyler, the town gained an important rail connection when the Houston and Great Northern built a branch line in 1874.
Toward the end of the nineteenth century, fruit orchards emerged as an important new business in the regional economy. Eighty percent of the county agricultural revenue derived from cotton as it persisted as the dominant crop in the first decades of the twentieth century. Peaches were the principal fruit crop as the county fruit tree inventory surpassed one million by 1900. Disease struck the peach trees, though, and local farmers moved toward growing roses by the 1920s. Twenty years later, most of the US rose supply originated in the Tyler area.
According to the city's most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city's various funds had $87.7 million in revenues, $101.7 million in expenditures, $49.2 million in total assets, $12.3 million in total liabilities, and $17.6 million in cash in investments.
The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:
|City Manager||Edward Broussard|
|Managing Director of Planning & Economic Development||Heather Nick|
|Managing Director of Culture, Recreation and Tourism Services||Stephanie Franklin|
|Managing Director for Administration (& HR Director)||ReNissa Wade|
|Managing Director of Public Works||Scott Taylor|
|CFO/Finance Director||Keidric Trimble|
|City Engineer||Lisa Crossman|
|Chief of Police||Jimmy Toler|
|Fire Chief||David Coble|
|Director of Parks||Russ Jackson|
|Chief Information Officer||Benny Yazdanpanahi|
|City Attorney||Deborah Pullum|
|Director of Marketing & Communications||Julie Goodgame|
|Vehicle Services Manager||Leroy Sparrow|
|City Librarian||Ashley Taylor|
|Transit General Manager||Robert Gil III|
|Neighborhood Services Manager||Raynesha Hudnall|
|Airport Manager||Davis Dickson|
|Human Resources Manager||Rose Ray|
|Water Utilities Financial Manager||James Yanker|
|Water Utilities Manager||Joan Roberson|
|Development Services Engineer||Michael Wilson, P.E.|
The Northeast Texas Public Health District is a political subdivision under the State of Texas established by the City of Tyler and Smith County. In place for nearly 70 years, the Health District became a separate entity in 1994, with an administrative Public Health Board. With a stated vision "To be the Healthiest Community in Texas", the district has a full-time staff of over 130 employees. The Health District has a broad range of services and responsibilities dedicated to their mission: "To Protect, Promote, and Provide for the Health of Our Community."
In June 2015, City Manager Edward Broussard canceled a scheduled appearance of Lou Ann Smoot, a local LGBT activist, at the Tyler Public Library. He said there was a possibility that children might attend her book talk.
Tyler's higher education institutions include the University of Texas at Tyler and the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, both part of the University of Texas System, as well as Texas College, the city's only HBCU, and Tyler Junior College.
Public primary and secondary education for much of the city is provided by the Tyler Independent School District, which includes high schools John Tyler and Robert E. Lee, as well as Premier High School of Tyler, a public charter school (Cumberland Academy). Several Tyler schools offer international baccalaureate and advanced placement programs.
Portions of incorporated Tyler are served by surrounding school districts. These include sections of southeast Tyler, served by the Whitehouse Independent School District, and some sections in the east which are served by the Chapel Hill Independent School District.
In addition to its role in the rose-growing industry, Tyler is the headquarters for Brookshire Grocery Company, which operates Brookshire's, Fresh, Super 1 Foods, and Spring Market supermarkets in three states (Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas). The company's main distribution center is located in south Tyler, while SouthWest Foods, a subsidiary that processes dairy products, is located just northeast of the city.
The manufacturing sector includes:
According to the City's 2012-2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top ten employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Trinity Mother Frances Health System||3,775|
|2||UT Health - Tyler||3,153|
|3||Brookshire Grocery Company||2,599|
|4||Tyler Independent School District||2,468|
|8||The University of Texas at Tyler||1,121|
|9||UT Health - Tyler (north campus)||925|
|10||Tyler Junior College||862|
Annually, the Texas Rose Festival draws thousands of tourists to Tyler. The festival, which celebrates the role of the rose-growing industry in the local economy, is held in October and features a parade, the coronation of the Rose Queen, and other civic events. The Rose Museum features the history of the Festival. Tyler is also home to Caldwell Zoo, several local museums, Lake Palestine, Lake Tyler, and numerous golf courses and country clubs. A few miles away in Flint, TX is The WaterPark @ The Villages, a year-round, indoor water park. There is also an "Azalea Trail" in Tyler, which consists of two officially designated routes within the city that showcase homes or other landscaped venues adorned with azalea shrubs. The Azalea Trail also is home to the long-standing tradition of the Azalea Belles. The official greeters of the Azalea Trail are known as the Azalea Belles, young women from the Tyler area who dress in antebellum gowns. The belles are chosen each year from area high schools or home school families, and it is an honor to be chosen.
Tyler State Park, located a few miles North of the city limits, attracts visitors with opportunities to camp, canoe, and paddle boat on the lake. Other available pastimes include picnicking, boating (motors allowed – 5 mph speed limit), boat rentals, fishing, birding, hiking, mountain biking, hiking trails, lake swimming (in unsupervised swimming area), and nature study.
The Smith County Historical Society operates a museum and archives in the old Carnegie Library. The East Texas State Fair is held annually in Tyler. Lake Tyler was the location of the HGTV Dream Home contest in 2005. The 6,500 square feet (600 m²) house helped to boost tourism and interest in the community and surrounding areas. It was subsequently sold at public auction in January 2008, for $1.325 million.
The Smith County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 1959 by individuals and business firms dedicated to discovering, collecting, and preserving data, records, and other items relating to the history of Smith County, Texas. The Society operates a museum and archives, which is located in the former Carnegie Public Library building in downtown Tyler. Permanent museum exhibits include life-size dioramas of Smith County history, with topics ranging from the Caddo Indians to the 20th century. Other items from the Society's collections are showcased in revolving, temporary exhibits. The Society's archival library contains historical artifacts of Smith County, including newspapers, city directories, school records, photographs, maps, historical papers and rare books. The archives are open to the public for research on a limited schedule with volunteer staff on duty. The society is also the official caretaker of Camp Ford Historic Park.
Camp Ford was the largest Confederate Prisoner of War camp west of the Mississippi River during the American Civil War. The original site of the camp stockade is a public historic park managed by the Smith County Historical Society. The park contains a kiosk, paved trail, interpretive signage, a cabin reconstruction, and a picnic area. It is located on Highway 271, 0.8 miles (1.3 km) north of Loop 323.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Tyler's Civic Chorale.
The most common form of transportation is the motor vehicle. Tyler is a nexus of several major highways. Interstate 20 runs along the north edge of the city going east and west, U.S. Highway 69 runs north–south through the center of town and State Highway 64 runs east–west through the city. Tyler also has access to U.S. Highway 271, State Highway 31, State Highway 155, and State Highway 110. Loop 323 was established in 1957 and encircles the city, which has continued to grow outside of this loop. Loop 49 is a limited access "outer loop" around the city and currently runs from State Highway 110 south of Tyler to Interstate 20 northwest of Tyler.
Tyler Transit provides customers with public transportation service within the City of Tyler. The buses run daily, excluding Sundays and holidays. Tyler Transit offers customers the option to purchase tickets, tokens, or passes at the Tyler Transit office, located at 210 E. Oakwood Street inside the Cotton Belt Railroad Depot at the main transfer point. The City of Tyler paratransit service is a shared-ride, public transportation service. Requests for service must be made the day before the service is needed. Trips can be scheduled up to 14 days in advance. ADA compliant paratransit service is provided to all origins and destinations within the service area defined as the city limits of Tyler. Greyhound Lines bus service is available through a downtown terminal.
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport offers service to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport via American Eagle. General Aviation services are provided by two fixed-base operators, Johnson Aviation and the Jet Center of Tyler.
Tyler was the hub for a series of short-line railroads which later evolved into the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, better known as "The Cotton Belt Route". This line later became part of the Southern Pacific Railroad, which itself merged with the Union Pacific Railroad, which continues to serve the city today. No passenger train service to Tyler has occurred since April 1956, but Amtrak runs through the city of Mineola, a short distance north of Tyler.
Hospitals located in Tyler include UT Health Tyler, Trinity Mother Frances Health System, UT Health North Campus Tyler, and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital. There are also many clinics including the Direct Care Clinic.
Tyler is the home of many churches, including five large congregations in downtown, the Marvin United Methodist Church, Dayspring United Methodist Church, West Erwin Church of Christ, First Baptist Church, and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Tyler is also the seat of Catholic Diocese of Tyler, which is particularly noteworthy for its St. Joseph the Worker Parish, one of the few churches in America dedicated to the exclusive use of the Traditional Latin Mass. The parish is staffed by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. The city also is the home of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a 100-plus year sanctuary recently renovated and declared a historic and heritage site by the Catholic Diocese of Tyler. The Saint Peter Claver Parish, located in central Tyler, is the second largest Catholic Church in Tyler and was dedicated to St. Peter Claver, a Franciscan priest that assisted the black slaves in Brazil during the slave trade to South America. There is also a Nazarene church on Old Bullard Road, called Tyler First Church Of The Nazarene. The city also has a Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints.
Tyler has three United Pentecostal Churches; the largest of them is Tyler Tabernacle located just outside of Loop 323. Park Heights Assembly of God is another and also located just outside Loop 323. The Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic church in East Tyler is also a major center of gathering. The St. Peter and Paul Chapel, a Catholic church, is located next to the Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Regional Catholic School, was constructed and dedicated in 2011, and holds masses in English and Spanish with a significant number of other services offered to all Tyler and neighboring residents. The city's largest church, Green Acres Baptist Church, is located on Troup Highway in southeast Tyler. Tyler is also home to two reformed Baptist churches, Sylvania Church and Living Acts Church, both of which are located in the south Tyler area. Additionally, Tyler has two Jewish houses of prayer, Ahavath Achim, which associates itself with Conservative Judaism and Beth El which adheres to Reform Judaism. Tyler is also home to East Texas Islamic Society, established in 1988, which includes an Islamic house of worship and an Islamic school for children. There is also a Unitarian, Universalist Fellowship on Old Omen Road and Cross Brand Cowboy Church at 11915 FM-2015 Tyler, Texas.
Two Tyler churches were destroyed during the 2010 East Texas church burnings.
Currently, 18 media outlets and one newspaper are located in Tyler, as well as many more in the surrounding areas.
|89.5||KVNE||Christian Contemporary||Encouragement FM|
|92.1||KRWR||Sports||Fox Sports East Texas|
|93.1||KTYL||Hot Adult Contemporary||Mix 93.1|
|96.1||KKTX||Classic Rock||Classic Rock 96.1|
|99.3||KAPW||Spanish Pop||Mega 99.3|
|102.3||KLJT||Top 40||Fun Radio|
|102.7||KBLZ||Urban Contemporary||The Blaze|
|104.1||KKUS||Classic Country||The Ranch|
|106.5||KOOI||Variety Hits||Jack 106.5|
|107.3||KISX||Urban Adult Contemporary||Hot1073Jamz|
Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School is a parochial Catholic high school and middle school in Tyler, Texas, United States. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tyler.Broadway Square Mall
Broadway Square Mall is a one-story enclosed shopping mall located in Tyler, Texas. The mall primarily serves the city of Tyler and the surrounding East Texas area. Being one of only two major malls in East Texas, the mall serves visitors from a large trade area.Brookshire Grocery Company
Brookshire Grocery Company is a Tyler, Texas-based supermarket chain with more than a 177 stores operating in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas with their four banners, Brookshire's, Super 1 Foods, Fresh by Brookshire's, and Spring Market.Fred Coleman
Fredrick Dewayne Coleman (born January 31, 1975) is a former professional American football wide receiver. He has played in the National Football League, Arena Football League and the XFL. Coleman graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas and played for the Lee Red Raiders. Coleman only had two career receptions in the NFL, but one was a vital 46 yard slant play during the New England Patriots' 17–16 comeback win in Week 12 in 2001. Coleman was also a contributor on special teams, as the Patriots made their way through the playoffs and onto the victory in Super Bowl XXXVI.
As of 2008, he is a coach for Evans Middle School in McKinney, Texas.George Cumby
George Edward Cumby (born July 5, 1956) is a former American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons during the 1980s. He played college football for the University of Oklahoma, and was a three-time All-American. A first-round pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, Cumby played professionally for the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, and Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. He was an assistant football coach for Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School in Tyler, Texas. Since August 2016, he has been director of recruitment at Jacksonville College (TX).Jeremy Lane
Jeremy Rashaad Lane (born July 14, 1990) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He became a member of the Legion of Boom, and was part of Seattle's Super Bowl XLVIII-winning team.John Tyler High School
John Tyler High School is a public, co-educational secondary school in Tyler, Texas. It is part of the Tyler Independent School District and serves 9th through 12th grade. The school is named after John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States.KISX
KISX (107.3 FM) is a radio station licensed to Whitehouse, Texas, and broadcasts in Tyler with an Urban Adult Contemporary musical format. It is owned by Townsquare Media.KLTV
KLTV, virtual and VHF digital channel 7, is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Tyler, Texas, United States. The station is owned by Gray Television. KLTV's studios are located on West Ferguson Street in downtown Tyler (between the Smith County and United States courthouses), and its transmitter is located in rural northern Smith County (near the Wood County line).
KTRE (virtual and VHF channel 9) in Lufkin operates as a semi-satellite of KLTV; it clears all of KLTV's syndicated programming, but produces separate weeknight 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts, airs its own station identifications and Sunday morning religious programs, and maintains its own advertising sales department for commercials seen on KTRE. Master control and some internal operations for KTRE are based at the KLTV studios.KNUE
KNUE (101.5 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Country music format. Licensed to Tyler, Texas, United States, the station serves the Tyler-Longview area. The station is currently owned by Townsquare Media and licensed to Townsquare Media Tyler License, LLC.101.5 KNUE is a long-time home of Big D & Bubba in the morning, Mandee Montana, and Danny Merrell. It is also the flagship station of Radio Texas, LIVE! with Buddy Logan; a syndicated Texas and Red Dirt music based radio program, distributed across 17 markets and 6 states.KTPN-LD
KTPN-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 48, is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Tyler, Texas, United States. Owned by White Knight Broadcasting, it is a sister station to Longview-licensed Fox affiliate KFXK-TV (channel 51); Nexstar Media Group, which owns Jacksonville-licensed NBC affiliate KETK-TV (channel 56), operates KFXK and KTPN-LD under a shared services agreement. The three stations share studios on Richmond Road (near Loop 323) in Tyler; KTPN-LD's transmitter is located west of Texas Loop 323 in northeast Tyler. On cable, the station is available on Suddenlink Communications channel 9 and Longview Cable Television channel 4.
KTPN-LD's signal was formerly relayed on KLPN-LD (channel 47) in Longview, which provided KTPN's programming to the central and eastern portions of the market; that station's transmitter was located near East Mountain. KLPN-LD's license was canceled on June 6, 2016.Even though KTPN-LD operates a digital signal of its own, due to its low-powered status, the station's broadcasting radius does not reach the entire Tyler–Longview market. Therefore, it can also be seen through a standard definition simulcast on KFXK's second digital subchannel in order to reach the entire market. This signal can be seen on UHF channel 31.2 (or virtual channel 51.2 via PSIP) from a transmitter in unincorporated northwestern Cherokee County.Larry Strickland
Larry Strickland (September 3, 1931 – August 29, 1979) was an American Football center for six seasons between 1954 and 1959 for the Chicago Bears, a one-time Pro Bowler and one-time first-team All-Pro.
Strickland was born in Tyler, Texas. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 13th round (150th overall) of the 1953 NFL Draft. He was survived by his wife Betty Strickland, and he had no children.Louis Santop
Louis Santop Loftin (January 17, 1890 – January 22, 1942) was an African-American baseball catcher in the Negro leagues. He became "one of the earliest superstars" and "black baseball's first legitimate home-run slugger" (Riley), and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas Tech, and was drafted by the Chiefs with the tenth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Mahomes is the son of former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes.
In his first year in the league, Mahomes served as the backup to Chiefs starting quarterback Alex Smith. After a trade that sent Smith to the Washington Redskins, Mahomes was named the starter for the 2018 season. That season, he became only the third player in NFL history to throw 50 touchdown passes in a single season (Tom Brady and Peyton Manning both accomplished this feat in 2007 and 2013, respectively). He was named to the First Team All-Pro and was voted to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.Robert E. Lee High School (Tyler, Texas)
Robert E. Lee High School is one of two Tyler Independent School District high school campuses in the city of Tyler, Texas, the other being John Tyler High School. RE Lee High School has served the East Texas community since opening in 1958 and classified as a 6A school by the UIL. In 2013, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.Smith County, Texas
Smith County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 209,714. Its county seat is Tyler. Smith County is named for James Smith, a general during the Texas Revolution.
Smith County is part of the Tyler, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Tyler-Jacksonville, TX Tyler-Jacksonville Combined Statistical Area.Tyler FC
Tyler Football Club is an amateur American soccer club based in Tyler, Texas that plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid.Tyler Junior College
Tyler Junior College is a two-year community college in Tyler, Texas, United States. TJC is one of the largest community colleges in Texas, with an enrollment of more than 12,000 credit students each year with an additional 20,000 continuing education enrollments annually. Its West Campus includes continuing education and workforce training programs. The College also operates satellite centers in Jacksonville and Lindale. TJC offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Science and Associate of Arts in Teaching degrees, as well as tech prep and certificate programs.University of Texas at Tyler
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.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.