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A $12.8 Billion Impact

The University of Texas at Arlington is one of the state’s most dynamic centers of higher learning, setting the standard for educational excellence in the thriving North Texas region it calls home. An academic centerpiece in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for more than 115 years, UT Arlington has experienced remarkable growth during the past decade, including exponential increases in enrollment, research activity, private philanthropy, and the size of the physical campus.

In addition to fulfilling its fundamental role of providing a quality education to tens of thousands of students, the University is a notable source of stable, well-paying jobs that generate a substantial economic impact not only through employment but also through ongoing operations and spending. Most UT Arlington graduates remain in North Texas, boosting the area’s productivity. The University is also one of the most significant employers in the region, with a workforce of 3,900.

The total external benefits, including UT Arlington’s spinoff research and alumni employed in North Texas, create a $12.8 billion annual economic impact and more than 122,000 permanent jobs in the area. This represents about 4 percent of the entire regional economy. Statewide, the totals are $13.6 billion in output per year and more than 131,000 jobs.

The total annual benefits stemming from the University’s ongoing operations create a $1 billion economic impact and more than 14,600 permanent jobs in North Texas. This includes educational and research spending as well as student and visitor spending. For the state as a whole, the impact is $1.1 billion in annual output and about 15,400 jobs.

UT Arlington’s ambitious construction projects and campus improvements also generate a considerable economic stimulus. Major recent and ongoing construction activity has created a $502.7 million economic impact and 5,861 person-years of employment in North Texas. For the entire state, including benefits to the surrounding region, the total impact on business activity is an estimated $539 million and 6,268 person-years of employment.

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The University of Texas at Arlington is a vital cog in the economic development engine of the North Texas region and the state of Texas.

ANNUAL ECONOMIC IMPACT

TOTAL EXTERNAL BENEFITS (includes spinoff research and alumni employed)

North Texas Region

  • $12.8 billion
  • 122,295 permanent jobs
  • $309.9 million in tax receipts

State of Texas

  • $13.6 billion
  • 131,188 permanent jobs
  • $638.7 million in tax receipts

TOTAL ECONOMIC IMPACT (from ongoing operations)

North Texas Region

  • $1 billion
  • 14,685 permanent jobs
  • $34.5 million in tax receipts
  • $502.7 million impact of ongoing and recent construction projects

State of Texas

  • $1.1 billion
  • 15,417 permanent jobs
  • $64.5 million in tax receipts
  • $539 million impact of ongoing and recent construction projects

As of Spring 2012

Setting the standard for educational excellence in North Texas

About the Business Activity Impact Study

The University of Texas at Arlington commissioned The Perryman Group to conduct an independent study of the University’s economic impact on the North Texas region and on the state of Texas. The study was conducted in Spring 2012. The full report is available for download here (PDF).

Founded and guided by Dr. M. Ray Perryman, The Perryman Group is a leading economic and financial analysis firm headquartered in Texas. The Perryman Group has performed numerous impact assessments for colleges and universities as well as professional and technical schools.