Knowledge is a powerful commodity. At The University of Texas at Arlington, it is a natural resource that has been flowing freely for well over a hundred years—and that has accelerated exponentially during the past decade. Witness the thriving research university that UT Arlington has become and the top-tier institution we continue to build.
There are pivotal moments in a university’s development, when a convergence of accomplishment, opportunity, and potential position it for even greater things. Regardless of how you define it—the tipping point, the critical mass, a sea change, a paradigm shift—The University of Texas at Arlington has reached that moment.
Never in our university's 115-year history has our focus been more crisp or our mission more urgent. More is happening. More is being achieved. More is possible. And more is expected.
This has been an incredible year for UT Arlington. By every measure, we are making great strides in our relentless drive to become a major national research university. The facts speak for themselves, and this, our first such report, provides a dramatic snapshot of the tremendous accomplishments achieved across this university in the past year alone.
Student retention rates continue to show marked improvement, with 74 percent of freshmen from the fall 2010 semester returning for their sophomore year, up from about 61 percent five years ago.