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 UT Arlington’s status as a pre-eminent place for intellectual pursuits and a driver of positive change.
- U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth among national universities for undergraduate diversity.
- According to the Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings by Military Times, UT Arlington is one of the 100 best colleges in the nation for U.S. military veterans.
- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has named UT Arlington its 2014 Outstanding HACU-Member Institution for the University’s contributions to Hispanic higher education.
- UT Arlington is one of six universities nationwide to be named a “Next Generation University” in a 2013 study published by the New America Foundation. The report cites the University’s online courses and degree programs, enrollment growth, and position as an emerging research institution.
- In 2013 UT Arlington led all four-year Texas universities in the production of online student credit hours.
- UT Arlington was named one of the best universities to acquire an affordable online postgraduate degree by College Education Online.
- The Princeton Review named UT Arlington a “Best in the West” university in its 2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region list.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education 2014 Almanac lists UT Arlington as the nation's 16th fastest-growing public research institution based on enrollment between 2002 and 2012.
- UT Arlington is one of the 50 most popular U.S. colleges and universities for international students based on data from the Institute of International Education’s 2013 Open Doors Report.
- PayScale.com ranks UT Arlington No. 11 of 69 public and private colleges and universities in Texas that provide the best College Return on Investment. When financial aid is factored in, UTA ranked No. 170 among 1,330 universities nationwide.
- DiversityComm Inc. and its four diversity magazines named UT Arlington a "Best of the Best 2014" in the category of universities and colleges. The yearly evaluation examines outreach and accessibility to the Hispanic/Latino, African-American, female, and veteran populations.
- A 2014 article in The Journal of Systems and Software ranks UT Arlington No. 3 in agile software development among higher education institutions worldwide.
- The College of Nursing and Health Innovation ranks third in the nation and tops in Texas for producing minority nurses with bachelor’s degrees, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
- In its 2014 list of top online graduate programs, GraduatePrograms.com ranks the School of Urban and Public Affairs’ online public administration program No. 4 in the nation.
- The Master of Science in Taxation program ranks No. 8 in the nation, according to a 2014 TaxTalent.com survey of 143 heads of corporate tax departments.
- The Landscape Architecture Program was ranked 13th nationally for 2013 by DesignIntelligence, a national evaluating service based in Washington, D.C.
- The Mathematics Department received the 2013 American Mathematical Society Award for Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. The department has doubled the size of its doctoral program over five years and bolstered those ranks with historically underrepresented student groups.
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- Ten UT Arlington professors have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors for creating devices and processes that improve the quality of life.
- 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. Dr. Armstrong also is ranked No. 16 on The Analytical Scientist magazine’s 2013 list of the world’s most influential people in analytical sciences.
- Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez, an associate professor of Spanish, won the Ninth Annual Luis Cardoza y Aragón Poetry Prize in 2014. The contest is open to poets from Mexico and Central America.
- 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.
- Five architecture faculty members and students were honored for their drawings in the 2013 Ken Roberts Delineation Competition, considered the most senior architectural drawing competition in the world.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma and political science Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers were named American Council on Education Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year.
- 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.
- 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.
- Two engineering student teams captured first-place honors at the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Hong Kong.
- Sophomore Emmanuel Fordjour is one of only 60 undergraduate scholars nationwide to be named a winner in the Washington D.C.-based Council on Undergraduate Research’s 2014 Posters on the Hill competition.
- Biochemistry major John Gurak is among fewer than 40 scholars nationwide to receive the 2013 EPA National Center for Environmental Research’s two-year fellowship for undergraduate study. He works in the area of “green chemistry.”
- Jessica Dawn Stevens, a junior biology and microbiology major, is one of only 11 students in Texas to be named a Goldwater Scholar for the 2014-15 academic year. She is UT Arlington’s third Goldwater Scholar since 2012.
- UT Arlington’s Formula SAE race car program is ranked fifth of 513 teams in the latest Formula Student Combustion World Rankings. The program is the highest rated of any U.S. Formula SAE team.
- The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team has won seven national championships.
- The Maverick cheer squad won the national championship in the Small Co-ed Division at the 2014 National Cheerleaders Association College Championships. UT Arlington also won the title in 2010.
Planning Makes Perfect
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.
A $1.35 million National Science Foundation grant is helping researchers develop smart skin applications and sensor garments to make robots more lifelike.