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Rankings and Recognition

A University of Distinction

Excellence and achievement abound at The University of Texas at Arlington. Our highly ranked academic programs attract the best and brightest scholars from around the world, and our faculty and students consistently receive national and international recognition for their accomplishments. The breadth and depth of these accolades accentuate UTA’s status as a pre-eminent place for intellectual pursuits and a driver of positive change.


  • UTA was awarded R-1: Doctoral Universities—Highest Research Activity designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the definitive list for the top doctoral research universities in the United States. This puts the University in an elite group of 115 institutions, including Harvard, MIT, and Johns Hopkins.
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Graduate Schools” rankings include more than 20 graduate programs at UTA.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UTA the third-largest destination in the nation for transfer students based on its 2015 survey of undergraduate programs.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UTA fifth among national universities for undergraduate ethnic diversity in 2017.
  • UTA ranks No. 2 on U.S. News & World Report’s “Least Debt, Class of 2015” list, which includes loans taken out by students from the colleges themselves; from financial institutions; and from federal, state, and local governments.
  • According to Military Times, UTA ranks No. 20 on the 2017 “Best for Vets: Colleges” list, the highest of any four-year Texas university.
  • U.S. Veterans Magazine designated UTA as one of the nation’s Top Veteran-Friendly Schools in 2015.
  • UTA was designated a “Military Friendly” university for 2017 by Victory Media, which evaluates higher-education institutions for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students.
  • The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities named UTA its 2014 Outstanding HACU-Member Institution for the University’s contributions to Hispanic higher education.
  • Hispanic Network Magazine ranked UTA among the nation's Best of the Best Schools in 2015.
  • UTA was designated a 2010-2020 Carnegie Community Engaged Campus by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for service to the community and the public school system.
  • The Princeton Review included UTA on its list of “The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition.
  • In 2014 UTA led all four-year Texas universities in the number of fully distance education students.
  • Winds of Change magazine named UTA to its 2016-17 list of top 200 schools for Native American students pursuing STEM degrees.
  • UTA is one of the 40 most popular U.S. colleges and universities for international students, based on data from the Institute of International Education’s 2014-2015 Open Doors Report.
  • ranked UTA among the top 50 Best Value Graduate Schools for 2017. The evaluators said UTA’s location gives students access to one of the nation’s leading economic centers.
  • UTA is among the nation’s most sustainable colleges and universities, according to Sierra magazine’s 2016 Cool Schools rankings. Compiled by the Sierra Club’s monthly publication, the annual list highlights four-year undergraduate colleges and universities working hardest to protect the planet.
  • The Center for World University Rankings placed UTA at No. 175 in the United States on its 2016 list. This is an increase from No. 185 in 2015 and No. 196 in 2014.
  • UTA was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Faculty, staff, and students contributed more than 680,000 hours of service from July 2012 to July 2013.
  • A 2014 article in The Journal of Systems and Software ranks UTA No. 3 in agile software development among higher education institutions worldwide.
  • UTA came in 36th in the “Environment Pillar” of the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking 2017. The pillar considers the makeup of the student body at each campus, helping students understand whether they will find themselves in a diverse, supportive, and inclusive environment while they are at college.
  • UTA was ranked No. 92 on Washington Monthly’s 2016 list of America’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners. The magazine chose colleges based on data from the Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System survey and their College Scorecard database, released last fall. 
  • ranked UTA No. 42 on its list of the Best Value Online Graduate Schools of 2017.
  • Times Higher Education ranked UTA No. 123 on its list of the Best Universities in the United States for 2016.
  • UTA ranks No. 141 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 High School Counselor Rankings, for which guidance counselors are asked which national universities and national liberal arts colleges they think offer the best undergraduate education to their students.
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings of the Best Global Universities placed UTA in the 416th spot of 1,000 universities. The news magazine ranked UTA No. 215 for its engineering programs and No. 283 for its physics program.
  • UTA was ranked No. 8 in's Best Online Colleges in Texas.
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College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks CAPPA’s public affairs graduate program No. 77 in its 2017 “Best Graduate Schools” list.
  • The online Master of Public Administration program ranked 9th in’s fall 2015 ranking of the best online MPA programs.
  • The Master of Public Administration program ranked 12th in’s spring 2015 ranking of on-campus public administration programs. It also ranked 73rd in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 ranking of best public affairs programs.
  • The Master of Public Administration was ranked 9th in’s 2016 list of the top 50 best value MPA programs.

College of Business

  • CEO Magazine named the College of Business’ MBA and EMBA programs Tier 1 in its 2016 Global MBA Rankings.
  • The College of Business was named an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review. The education services company profiled the college in the 2017 edition of its annual book, The Best 294 Business Schools.
  • The College of Business’ Part-Time MBA program is ranked No. 82 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Graduate Schools” list.
  • The College of Business is among the top 50 best business schools for veterans in the United States according to 2016 rankings by Military Times.
  • The 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list ranks the College of Business 131st among 472 undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • Accounting Degree Review ranked UTA’s residential bachelor’s degree in accounting as the nation’s 22nd most affordable in 2016.
  • The Master of Science in Taxation program ranked No. 10 in the nation by for 2016.
  • The College of Business’ dual MBA-Health Management degree ranks No. 25 on’s “Top 50 Best Value” 2016 list. 

College of Education

  • The Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies was ranked No. 1 in the nation in Educational Leadership Degree Programs’ 2016 rankings.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the College of Education No. 120 in its 2017 “Best Graduate Schools” list, up 16 spots from a year ago. Its online graduate program is No. 30 in the nation.
  • The online Master of Education program was ranked No. 2 in Value’s listing of Top 50 Best Value Online Graduate Education Programs of 2016.
  • The Center for Online Education ranked UTA No. 20 on its 2016 list of the Best Online Master’s in Educational Leadership Degree Programs.

College of Engineering

  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Graduate Schools” list ranks the College of Engineering No. 82 among Best Graduate Engineering Schools in the nation. The graduate program in aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering is No. 39, up four slots since last year. Civil engineering is ranked No. 87, computer engineering No. 75, computer science No. 90 (listed by U.S. News under “science”), electrical/electronic/communications engineering No. 82, industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering No. 58, materials engineering No. 72, and mechanical engineering No. 78.
  • The College of Engineering advanced to No. 98 on the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list for undergraduate engineering programs at colleges offering doctoral degrees.
  • In 2015, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering was awarded a U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need to provide fellowships over the next three years to assist graduate students of superior ability who demonstrate financial need.

College of Liberal Arts

  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Graduate Schools” list ranks the English graduate program No. 125 in the nation, fine arts No. 131, and history No. 118.

College of Nursing and Health Innovation

  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Graduate Schools” list ranks the College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s master's program No. 75 in the nation.
  • The online Master of Science in Nursing is ranked No. 54 among 149 surveyed in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs.
  • The College of Nursing and Health Innovation was designated a 2015 Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing, making it one of only two universities in Texas to ever receive the honor.
  • The College of Nursing and Health Innovation was ranked No. 7 on the Top 20 Online Nursing Degree Programs list for 2015 by
  • The College of Nursing and Health Innovation ranks No. 27 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans list.
  • The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is ranked No. 6 on's Top 50 Best Value Online RN to BSN list.
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranked the College of Nursing and Health Innovation third nationally in 2014 for producing minority nurses with bachelor’s degrees.
  • ranked the online RN to BSN program No. 1 in the nation and the online Bachelor of Nursing program No. 2 in its 2016 assessments.
  • The College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s Ph.D. and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees were ranked Nos. 35 and 42, respectively, in Value Colleges’ Top 50 Best Value Online college lists.

College of Science

  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Graduate Schools” list ranks the College of Science’s graduate program in biological sciences No. 188, chemistry No. 131, mathematics No, 134, physics No. 111, and psychology No. 158 in the nation.
  • The Mathematics Department received the 2013 American Mathematical Society Award for Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. In 2015, the department was awarded a U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need to provide fellowships over the next three years to assist graduate students of superior ability who demonstrate financial need.

School of Social Work

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the graduate social work program No. 38 on its 2017 “Best Graduate Schools” list, up six slots since the last survey in 2012.
  • The online Master of Social Work program is ranked 12th in the nation for 2015, according to Social Work Degree
  • In 2016, named the School of Social Work No. 3 on its list of the top 25 social work schools based on student ratings and reviews.
  • College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, ranked UTA No. 5 on its 2016 list of the Most Affordable Online Master's in Social Work.
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  • UTA faculty include two National Academy of Engineering, one National Academy of Sciences, and 13 National Academy of Inventors members.
  • Social work Professor Vijayan Pillai was elected a 2016 fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the United Kingdom.
  • Hanli Liu, bioengineering professor, was named a 2016 fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry named electrical engineering Associate Professor Samir Iqbal a 2016 fellow.
  • The Society for Social Work and Research, the premier worldwide social work research organization, named social work Associate Professor Alexa Smith-Osborne a 2016 fellow.
  • Wendy J. Casper, professor of organizational behavior, was named a 2016 fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
  • Two civil engineers, Professor Emeritus Syed Qasim and Senior Lecturer Yvette Pearson Weatherton, were elected 2015 fellows of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Materials science and engineering Professor Pranesh Aswath has been named a 2015 fellow of ASM International, the world's largest association of metals-centric materials scientists and engineers.
  • Physics Professor Kaushik De has been elected a 2015 fellow of the American Physical Society for his work in developing cloud-computing architectures.
  • Electrical engineering Professor Weidong Zhou was elected a 2015 fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.
  • Chemistry Professor Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta was named a 2015 fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Materials science and engineering Professor Pranesh Aswath was named a 2015 fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.
  • Electrical engineering Professor Michael Vasilyev was named a 2015 fellow of the Optical Society.
  • Robert Magnusson, the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics, was named a 2014 fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He invented a new class of nanophotonic devices that employ light at a nanometer scale.
  • Physics Professor Ping Liu was named a 2013 fellow of the American Physical Society. He is developing stronger magnets for sustainable energy applications.
  • Bioengineering Associate Professor Kytai Nguyen was elected a 2013 fellow of the American Heart Association. Her research focuses on cellular engineering, tissue engineering, drug delivery, and stem cell therapies.
  • Civil engineering Professor Anand Puppala was named a 2013 fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Much of his research focuses on soil stabilization.


  • David Nygren, the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics, was honored in 2015 as one of two recipients of a new American Physical Society instrumentation award for his contributions to particle physics. He also received the 2015 Aldo Menzione Prize for his invention of the Time Projection Chamber.
  • Physics Professor Zdzislaw Musielak received the 2015 Humboldt Research Award for his exploration of extra-solar planetary systems, the origin of dark matter and dark energy, black holes, and formulation of fundamental theories of physics.
  • Chemistry Professor Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta received the 2015 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education.
  • The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics honored Professor Frank Lewis, head of UT Arlington’s Advanced Controls and Sensors Group, with the society’s 2016 Intelligent Systems Award in recognition of his work to advance the capabilities of autonomous aircraft systems.
  • Anne Bavier, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, received the 2015 Legion of Honor Gold Medallion from the Philadelphia-based Chapel of Four Chaplains.
  • Daniel Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, received the 2014 American Chemical Society Award in Separations Science and Technology for his landmark contributions to the field of analytical separations.
  • Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez, an associate professor of Spanish, was named the 2015 winner of the prestigious León Felipe International Poetry Prize for his work, Libro de la ceniza (Book of Ashes). He also won the Ninth Annual Luis Cardoza y Aragón Poetry Prize in 2014.
  • A video-game simulation co-developed by College of Nursing researchers received two national awards at the 2014 Serious Games and Virtual Environments Arcade & Showcase. Called GLIMPSE, the project aims to enhance patient safety.
  • College of Nursing faculty members Maxine Adegbola and Phyllis Adams received the 2013 Association of Black Nursing Faculty Lifetime Achievement in Education and Research Award.
  • Beverly Black, the Jillian Michelle Smith Professor in Family Violence Research, received the Council on Social Work Education’s 2013 Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education Award.
  • The U.S. Distance Learning Association awarded curriculum and instruction assistant professor Peggy Semingson its 2013 Platinum level-Best Practices Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching.
  • Samuel H. “Pete” Smith, vice provost for digital teaching and learning, received the U.S. Distance Learning Association’s 2013 Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the field of Distance Learning Award.
  • The Society of Automotive Engineers honored mechanical engineering Professor Bob Woods with its 2013 Excellence in Engineering Education Award.
  • Kinesiology Assistant Professor Priscila Caçola received the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s 2013 Lolas E. Halverson Motor Development Young Investigator Award for her contributions to motor development.


  • About 100 UTA professors possess patents on various devices, processes, or technologies.
  • The monthly journal The Analytical Scientist ranked Professors Daniel W. Armstrong and Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta among the Top 100 most influential people in the world of analytical science for 2015.
  • Political science Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers was named the 2013-14 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Political Science at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.
  • A 2014 article in The Journal of Systems and Software ranks Sridhar Nerur, an associate professor of information systems and operations management, as the third most active researcher in agile software development worldwide.
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  • Natalie Castro Lopez, a doctoral student in educational leadership, won a 2016 Graduate Fellowship from the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education and published a paper in the Journal of Ethical Educational Leadership.
  • Lauren Fuess, a doctoral student in quantitative biology, won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her paper, “Up in Arms: Immune and Nervous System Response to Sea Star Wasting Disease,” was published in the journal PLOS ONE in 2015.
  • Doctoral student Raheem Bello is chief executive officer of Afthon, a start-up that produces more efficient power generators that could alleviate power shortages in remote areas of the world. The company won $25,000 in funding from VentureWell.
  • Social work Ph.D. student Bonita Sharma won the 2015 Partners in International Education Award, presented by the Council on Social Work Education’s Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work.
  • Ashis Biswas, a doctoral student in computer science and engineering, was awarded Best Paper honors at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering.
  • Mathematics senior Nicholas Rubel is a National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholar. He spent the summer of 2015 at Edwards Air Force Base working on a new algorithm to solve partial differential equations numerically.
  • Biology major Priscilla Glenn received a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates fellowship in 2015.
  • Four UTA students were awarded Raul Villarreal Scholarships at the Great Minds in STEM Conference in October. The winners were Andres Urias (biological chemistry), Dorian Strong (psychology), Jose Garcia (mechanical engineering), and Elizabeth Martinez (architecture).
  • Naeemul Hassan, a doctoral student in computer science, has pioneered a methodology for automated fact-checking through a tool that analyzes text and predicts claims that need to be examined.
  • The Lady Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team won their first national championship when they defeated Illinois 65-51 in the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.
  • Two civil engineering student teams won first and second places in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ GeoInstitute’s 2015 national competitions.
  • Three computer science and engineering students won a $10,000 prize in the 2015 NTx Apps Challenge for a smart traffic light network.
  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science honored graduate student Wasiu Adedapo Lawal with a first-place award in 2014 for his essay on the intersection of science and human rights.
  • Two electrical engineering student teams captured first-place honors at the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Hong Kong.
  • Jessica Dawn Stevens, a junior biology and microbiology major, was one of only 11 students in Texas to be named a Goldwater Scholar for the 2014-15 academic year. She is UTA’s third Goldwater Scholar since 2012.
  • UTA’s Formula SAE race car program ranked fifth in the 2014 Formula Student Combustion World Rankings. The program was the highest rated of any U.S. Formula SAE team.
  • The Maverick cheer squad won the national championship in the Small Co-ed Division at the 2015 National Cheerleaders Association College Championships. UTA also won the title in 2014 and 2010.
  • The men’s Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team has won seven national championships.


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