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Fueling Economic Vitality Within A Community-Centered Environment

Whether providing an unparalleled education or addressing important societal challenges, UT Arlington enhances the quality of life in Texas and beyond. The North Texas economy reaps the benefits of the University’s focus on fostering discovery and cultivating entrepreneurship. Engaged faculty, staff, and students embody a collaborative spirit that helps UT Arlington change the trajectory of thousands of lives each year by aiding populations in need, creating a vibrant college town environment, and preserving our natural resources. 

  • UT Arlington’s total external benefits, including spinoff research and alumni employed, create an annual economic impact of $13.6 billion and more than 131,000 jobs in Texas.

  • More than 9,400 UT Arlington students earned degrees last year, creating a larger pool of well-educated employees for the knowledge-based industries in North Texas and beyond. The increase in graduates reflects a 35 percent enrollment surge over the past five years.

  • UT Arlington alumni hold leadership positions at all 18 of the Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the North Texas region, the nation’s fourth-largest metropolitan area.

  • With a workforce of 3,900 faculty and staff, UT Arlington is one of the most significant employers in North Texas.

  • About 6,000 students live on campus and about 10,000 live within a five-mile radius of campus, driving demand for new businesses and services.

  • The University’s growing expertise in national defense, information technologies, energy, bioengineering, and biotechnologies creates opportunities for the numerous companies that support those interests to excel in the global marketplace.

  • Since 2004 the Division of Enterprise Excellence has trained more than 162,000 participants in 58 states and territories, with annual revenues of more than $18 million.

  • UT Arlington has added more than 2.1 million square feet of building space in the last 10 years. 

  • Almost $1.5 million in federal grants helps qualified graduate students earn doctoral degrees in areas of national need, including mathematics, computer science, and bioengineering.

  • Campus construction projects totaling more than $300 million in recent years have spurred substantial employment opportunities and boosted residential and commercial development in downtown Arlington. 

  • Since 1995 TMAC has worked with more than 6,200 companies. In independent surveys, those customers have reported cumulative impacts totaling $2.9 billion in new or retained sales; $995 million in cost savings and cost avoidance on materials, labor, inventory, and equipment; and more than 29,600 Texas jobs created or retained.

  • In addition to green construction projects that include multiple LEED-certified buildings, UT Arlington’s commitment to sustainability includes academic offerings that prepare students to understand, develop, and evaluate environmentally friendly practices.

  • The Center for Metropolitan Density in the School of Architecture addresses the challenges of sustainable development in the 21st century.

  • The Center for African American Studies, the only one of its kind in North Texas, examines issues related to race and cultural diversity. It is a collaboration between the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Social Work.

  • The Institute of Urban Studies in the School of Urban and Public Affairs completes dozens of projects for Texas cities each year—from feasibility and corridor studies to updates of parks and land-use plans.

  • Through the Center for Community Service Learning and other areas, UT Arlington students annually volunteer more than 400,000 hours in the community, benefiting a wide range of agencies and organizations.


National Model

UT Arlington is one of only six universities nationwide to be named a “Next Generation University” in a recent study published by the New America Foundation. 

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