The University of Texas at Arlington
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
MavLink Newsletter - October 2013
U.S. News ranks UT Arlington fifth most diverse university
UT Arlington is one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the United States, according to rankings of national universities by U.S. News & World Report.
UT Arlington’s “diversity index” ranked fifth among national universities – a measure of where college students seeking diversity are “most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own,” the news organization said. The University moved up from seventh place in the 2013 rankings.
"It is no surprise that UT Arlington would be recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity and for ensuring that students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to earn their education and become citizens of the global community. This is who we are and what we do every day," President Vistasp Karbhari says.
UT Arlington’s was the highest diversity ranking for any national university in North Texas. Other schools that scored .70 were Georgia State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California - Los Angeles, University of California - Riverside and University of the Pacific.
Also, UT Arlington’s undergraduate business program jumped to No. 119 among 388 similar programs, up from 141 on U.S. News’ 2013 list.
Read more about UT Arlington's diversity.
Maverick Showcase brings HS counselors to campus
UT Arlington’s annual Maverick Counselor Showcase, a behind-the-scenes look at the University designed for high school counselors, community college advisors, and teachers, will be held on campus Friday, December 6.
This event is an opportunity to visit campus and learn about the opportunities available to students.
The Office of University Recruitment hosts this event annually so high school and community college partners will have the most up-to-date information about the University when advising their students.
Attendees visit labs, community features, and research centers, hear from academic and administrative representatives, and network with UT Arlington staff.
Residence halls, academic colleges, the Studio Art Annex, the Smart Hospital™ , College Park Center, the Maverick Activities Center, and the Dan Dipert University Welcome Center are some of the campus facilities that will be showcased.
Maverick Counselor Showcase is free to attend and includes a catered lunch.
Invitations will be mailed in late October.
New scholarship will assist First-Generation Students
A new endowed scholarship honoring President James D. Spaniolo guarantees that his influence on the UT Arlington campus will continue for decades to come. The scholarship was announced in the spring at an 1895 Society dinner, which paid tribute to Spaniolo.
The James D. Spaniolo First Generation Scholarship Endowment will provide support for students who are the first in their families to attend college. First-generation students comprise more than half of UT Arlington’s student population.
Qualified applicants must be entering freshmen with minimum test scores of 1050 SAT/22 ACT or rank in the top 25% of their high school class, or new college transfer students with a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 3.0 with a minimum of 24 college transfer hours. Financial need will be a consideration as students apply for this scholarship before the June 3, 2014 deadline.
For more information, please visit the “Designated Scholarship” website. Please note that the information on this site is currently being updated and will be available soon.
Commitments to the fund are near $200,000. These gifts will be matched through the University’s Maverick Match program to create an endowed fund of nearly $400,000.
If you would like to make a donation, go to the James D. Spaniolo First Generation Scholarship Endowment website.
Under Spaniolo's leadership, student enrollment increased dramatically as has the quality of incoming students. Philanthropic commitments and funded research soared to new heights. New buildings have risen as have the expectations from students and faculty members to reach even greater success. As president, Spaniolo set the University on the path to being a Tier One research university.
The James D. Spaniolo First Generation Scholarship was awarded in 2013-2014 for the first time.
10/24 - Maverick Speaker Series presents Bill Rasmussen
Bill Rasmussen, along with his son, founded ESPN in 1978. The fledgling network, calling itself “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” began broadcasting a year later. For ESPN, Rasmussen pioneered SportsCenter, full coverage of the NCAA basketball regular season and March Madness, and College World Series broadcasting. The paperback version of his well-regarded book, Sports Junkies Rejoice: The Birth of ESPN, was released in 2010. Visit http://www.uta.edu/maverickspeakers/ for more information.
10/24 - Halloween Casino Night
Students enjoy an evening of free casino games, treats and music. Halloween Casino Night helps provide students with a fun, safe, and informative environment for celebrating the season, along with tips and information from campus resources about alcohol and drug awareness and wellness promotion. The evening culminates with a special prize drawing for those who have participated in the games and Halloween costume contest. Visit http://www.uta.edu/excel/events/halloween-casino-night.php for more information.
10/25-27 - Parent and Family Weekend
Parent & Family Weekend, a long standing tradition at UT Arlington, welcomes families to spend a weekend on campus, visiting their students’ residence halls and classrooms, listening to faculty presentations, and participating in a variety of fun activities. Check out the schedule of events for a look at all of the exciting activities that will occur throughout the weekend.
Visit our photo gallery to view photos of last year's Parent & Family Weekend.
11/2 - Maverick Experience
UT Arlington's Maverick Experience Preview Day programs give students the opportunity to get a close-up look at what UT Arlington has to offer, and to get answers to questions about all aspects of the University. Learn more at www.uta.edu/maverick-experience.
11/11 - Maverick Speaker Series presents Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper took his background in war correspondence for Channel One News and ABC to CNN in 2001, where he reported on major breaking news stories and handled live coverage for the military conflict in Baghdad. His show, Anderson Cooper 360°, has aired on CNN since 2003. Cooper has earned many accolades throughout his career, including several Emmys, a Peabody, and two GLAAD Media awards. Visit http://www.uta.edu/maverickspeakers/ for more information.
11/14-16 - Homecoming
Join the UT Arlington community in celebration of this campus tradition. Selected events will include the Homecoming Parade, men's and women's basketball games, a 5K run, chili cook-off, coronation of the Homecoming king and queen - and much more! Stay tuned to www.uta.edu/homecoming as the date gets closer for more information and a complete event calendar.
12/6 - Maverick Showcase
UT Arlington's Maverick Counselor Showcase gives high school/college counselors a behind-the-scenes look at what UT Arlington has to offer. Enjoy a catered lunch, see facilities, and speak to academic departments. Invitations and registration details will be mailed late October.