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About the College of Engineering

The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering has emerged as one of the most comprehensive engineering programs in North Texas and the nation. It offers nine baccalaureate, 13 master’s, and nine doctoral degree programs, and its graduate school was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best in the nation.

With nearly 5,000 students and 24,000 alumni, the College of Engineering is the fourth-largest in Texas, providing the local, regional, and national workforce with motivated and highly skilled graduates. The University recently invested $160 million to construct an additional 295,000 square feet of engineering facilities. This brings the college’s total footprint to 417,359 square feet in more than 16 buildings, including the new 234,000-square-foot Engineering Research Building.

With a commitment to creating viable solutions to today’s most pressing problems, the College of Engineering is helping to propel UT Arlington toward its goal of becoming a national research university.

Fast Facts

A short list of interesting facts about the College of Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Academic Programs

The College of Engineering offers the most comprehensive engineering program in North Texas, with seven departments and multiple interdisciplinary research centers.

Research

UT Arlington is classified as a Research University/High Activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Annual research expenditures for the College of Engineering exceed $37 million, which accounts for the majority of research at UT Arlington.

Facilities

The College of Engineering has more than 401,981 square feet of space in 12 buildings on and off campus. The Engineering Research Building, completed in 2010, is a 234,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building that allows for interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration between the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Department of Bioengineering and the College of Science.

Other major buildings in the College include:

  • Aerodynamics Research Center
  • UTA Research Institute
  • Civil Engineering Lab Building
  • Engineering Laboratory Building
  • Engineering Research Building
  • Nedderman Hall
  • Optical Medical Imaging Center at UT Southwestern
  • Woolf Hall

In addition to these facilities, the College of Engineering also occupies lab space and holds classes in several other buildings on campus.

Faculty

Degrees Offered

  • 9 bachelor’s
  • 13 master’s
  • 9 doctoral

Student Enrollment (Fall 2014)

  • 6,052 total

  • 3,396 undergraduate

  • 2,656 graduate

Ethnic Diversity (Fall 2013)

UT Arlington recently was ranked as the fifth-most-diverse university in the United States, and that diversity is reflected in the College's enrollment: 

  • 5.4% African American
  • 10.1% Asian
  • 15.9% Hispanic
  • 34.4% International
  • 0.1% Native American
  • 31.1% White
  • 2.2% Multiracial
  • 1.0% Unknown

Gender (Fall 2013)

  • 82.2% Male
  • 17.8% Female

2014 Undergraduate Rankings (U.S. News and World Report)

  • #104(T) undergraduate engineering program where a doctoral degree is offered

2015 Graduate Rankings (U.S. News and World Report)

  • #102 graduate engineering program
Graduate program specialty rankings: 
  • #39 aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical program
  • #58 industrial/manufacturing engineering program
  • #69 materials science and engineering program
  • #77 electrical/electronic engineering program
  • #78 biomedical/bioengineering
  • #84 computer engineering program
  • #90 computer science program*
  • #97 mechanical engineering program
  • #109 civil engineering program

* - Computer Science is grouped by U.S. News and World Report with the sciences and is only ranked every four years. This information represents the last ranking, which was in 2014.

Student Life

Engineering students participate in a multitude of student organizations, such as Engineering Student Council, Tau Beta Pi, and the Society of Women Engineers. One of the things that sets the College of Engineering apart from others at the University is our co-op and internship program. Students gain valuable experience and practical knowledge by participating in one of these programs. Many of our students graduate with a job lined up because of their experience they gained at local engineering firms. UT Arlington alumni have the reputation of being able to "hit the ground running" when they begin their career because of this.

Tradition

Engineers Week is the most important week of the year in the College of Engineering. It consists of daily activities and fun, the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Engineering, a cookout, a career fair, and a banquet to recognize the achievements of our students, faculty, and staff.

Welcome Bash is an annual picnic at the beginning of the school year that welcomes new students and encourages returning students to share their experiences with the newcomers. We serve about 1,100 students at this fun event.

Commencement is celebrated twice per year, in December and May. College of Engineering faculty and graduating students gather at College Park Center, where each student crosses the stage and accepts his or her diploma cover.

The Formula SAE racing team, which recently celebrated its 30th year at UT Arlington, competes with more than 140 student teams from around the world. It has won first place eight times, a collegiate record.

Alumni

More than 24,000 successful alumni have graduated from the College of Engineering. These Maverick engineers have started companies, developed popular computer games, gained leadership positions in major industries, and patented innovative processes and applications. Their contributions have played a major role in helping to enhance lives in myriad, tangible ways.

Two UT Arlington College of Engineering alumni have become space shuttle astronauts: Kalpana Chawla (1962–2003), Columbia STS-87 (1997) and Columbia STS-107 (2003); and Robert L. Stewart, Challenger STS-41B (1984) and Atlantis STS-51J (1985).

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