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Enhancing the Student Experience

Students expect and deserve a wide array of programs and services to support and complement their academic endeavors. A top priority has been to enhance the student experience by creating a robust campus environment that runs 24/7 and offers opportunities typical of a traditional, residential university campus.

Julia Landro

A few weeks into her freshman year, Julia Landro was homesick and planning to move back home. Then she joined EXCEL Campus Activities, an organization focused on event planning to enhance students' experiences at UT Arlington. She says that if she hadn't joined this and other student groups, she would almost certainly have left school.

UT Arlington has transformed its student experience over the past few years. Students encounter virtually every amenity a major urban university is expected to have—modern residence halls and apartments, a state-of-the-art events center, a bustling student recreational and wellness center, and cutting-edge research and teaching facilities. They’re also greeted with a comprehensive orientation program and opportunities for parents and families to be a part of campus life.

There is abundant room for growth and expansion. Important aspects of the student experience include leadership development programs, career planning and placement, student organizations, internships, volunteer and service-learning programs, and gathering spaces that are conducive to learning and engagement.

Donors interested in supporting the student experience can direct their gifts to:

  • Athletics facilities and programs
  • Facilities and infrastructure
  • Student programs, activities, and recreation
  • University libraries
  • University College (student success programs including advising, tutoring, and counseling)
  • Cultural enrichment programs including lecture, performance, and exhibition series
  • Greek life and programs
  • Student wellness and advocacy

For more information on creating an endowment, contact Mark LaVelle, Assistant Vice President for University Development, at or 817-272-5235.