UT Arlington at a Glance
History and Overview
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 was founded in 1895 as a private liberal arts institution. The University has evolved through a succession of names and missions, achieving senior college status in 1959 and becoming part of The University of Texas System in 1965.
UT Arlington is rising in stature through its commitment to life-enhancing discovery, innovative teaching, and community engagement. With an enrollment of more than 33,000 students and a flourishing research enterprise, the University is a major contributor to the intellectual and economic advancement of North Texas and beyond.
Arlington lies in the heart of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions. Conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth in North Texas, Arlington boasts more than 365,000 residents, making it the third-largest city in the region and the seventh largest in the state. It is home to two professional sports franchises, the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys, and to the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park.
With more than 6 million residents, the North Texas region is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the country. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex offers a plethora cultural and entertainment opportunities while serving as the headquarters for 18 Fortune 500 companies.
UT Arlington is a comprehensive research, teaching, and public service institution whose mission is the advancement of knowledge and the pursuit of excellence. The University is committed to the promotion of lifelong learning through its academic and continuing education programs and to the formation of good citizenship through its community service learning programs. The diverse student body shares a wide range of cultural values, and the University community fosters unity of purpose and cultivates mutual respect.
Through nationally recognized academic programs and innovative approaches to delivering compelling subject matter, UT Arlington produces the lifelong learners and critical thinkers our region, state, and nation demand. The University offers 80 bachelor’s degrees, 71 master’s degrees, and 30 doctoral degrees and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The number of tenured and tenure-track faculty members has increased by 16 percent in the last decade, leading to significant growth in research and scholarly achievement.
UT Arlington continues to lead the way in distance education. More than 7,000 students—about 21 percent of the student population—are enrolled fully in online courses. About 30 percent are enrolled in at least one online course.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UT Arlington as a Research University/High Research Activity. UT Arlington researchers are at the forefront of discovery, working to solve the world’s most serious challenges. They engage in thoughtful exploration and devise products and processes that foster a healthier, safer, and more productive society. Their efforts have helped total research expenditures more than triple in the past decade to a record $66 million.
Among UT Arlington’s life-enhancing projects and centers of excellence:
- Bioengineers are combating cancer with painless imaging techniques and developing technology that allows amputees to control and feel prosthetic limbs.
- Renewable energy initiatives of science and engineering researchers include building a better electric automobile and converting natural gas to clean-burning synthetic fuel.
- The UT Arlington Research Institute is a global leader in the research and development of advanced technology to help society by providing unique, affordable solutions to complex problems.
- Scientists in the Center of Excellence for High Energy Physics played a key role in what physicists believe is the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson.
- The Nanotechnology Research and Education Center is the pre-eminent university-based nanotechnology research, development, and teaching facility in North Texas.
UT Arlington’s student-athletes excel on the playing field and in the classroom while competing on 14 NCAA Division I women’s and men’s athletic teams. In fall 2013, UT Arlington will join the Sun Belt Conference after nearly 50 years in the Southland Conference and one year in the Western Athletic Conference. Maverick teams have won numerous conference championships and made NCAA tournament appearances in every sport.
UT Arlington’s operating budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year was $574.86 million. Total budgeted expenses for the year were $535.24 million. The University received $123.05 million—about 21 percent of its total budget—from the state of Texas.
Philanthropic giving to UT Arlington continues to increase dramatically. For the third consecutive year, the University set a record for fundraising with more than $20 million in fiscal year 2011-12.
UT Arlington is a vital cog in the economic development engine of the North Texas region and the state of Texas. The total external benefits, including the University’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. Statewide, the totals are $13.6 billion in output per year and more than 131,000 jobs.
The total annual benefits stemming from UT Arlington’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. The University is also one of the most significant employers in the region, with a workforce of 3,900.
Enrollment has increased nearly 60 percent in the past decade, with the fall 2012 total surpassing 33,200 students. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington as the seventh most diverse university in the nation. About 21 percent of students are Hispanic, 14.3 percent are African-American, 10 percent are Asian, and 8.5 percent are international. As enrollment has skyrocketed, so too has student quality. About 24 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen in fall 2012 ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class, and about 64 percent were in the top quarter.
More than 5,300 students live on campus. That represents about 16 percent of the student population, the largest percentage of any university in The University of Texas System. It is also a 60 percent increase since 2001. More than 12,000 students participate in 330 campus organizations and take advantage of a robust slate of extracurricular offerings.
One of the University’s most valuable assets is its 163,000 alumni. Of that number, about 126,700 live in Texas and almost 112,000 live in North Texas. These outstanding graduates provide an ongoing stream of accomplished workers and entrepreneurs that permeate the entire economy. Many have distinguished themselves in their chosen professions, including business, engineering, nursing, architecture, education, social work, and public administration.