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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 UT Arlington’s status as a pre-eminent place for intellectual pursuits and a driver of positive change.

University Rankings

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth among national universities for undergraduate diversity.
  • According to Military Times, UT Arlington ranks No. 36 on the 2015 “Best for Vets: Colleges” list.
  • 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 2014 UT Arlington led all four-year Texas universities in the number of fully distance education students.
  • The Princeton Review named UT Arlington a “Best in the West” university in its 2016 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.
  • 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.
  • UT Arlington 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 UT Arlington No. 3 in agile software development among higher education institutions worldwide.

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Academic Programs

  • The online Master of Education program was ranked No. 2 in’s listing of Top 50 Best Value Online Graduate Education Programs of 2016 and ranked 30th in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Online Graduate Education Programs.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • The College of Nursing and Health Innovation was one of only 12 schools in the nation to be designated a 2015 Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing.
  • The College of Engineering graduate programs are ranked No. 90 in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Programs rankings for 2016.
  • The online Master of Social Work program is ranked 12th in the nation for 2015, according to Social Work Degree
  • According to Military Times, the College of Business ranks No. 33 on the 2015 “Best for Vets: Business Schools” list.
  • Accounting Degree Review ranked UT Arlington’s residential bachelor’s degree in accounting as the nation’s 25th most affordable in 2014.
  • The College of Nursing and Health Innovation ranks No. 7 on the Top 20 Online Nursing Degree Programs list for 2015 announced 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 Value Colleges’ 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.
  • In its 2014 list of top online graduate programs, ranks the School of Urban and Public Affairsonline public administration program No. 4 in the nation.
  • 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 Science in Taxation program ranks No. 8 in the nation, according to a 2014 survey of 143 heads of corporate tax departments.
  • 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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Faculty Achievements

  • UT Arlington faculty include two National Academy of Engineering, one National Academy of Sciences, and 10 National Academy of Inventors members.
  • About 100 UT Arlington professors possess patents on various devices, processes, or technologies.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • David Nygren, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics, has been named a recipient of the 2015 Aldo Menzione Prize for his invention of the Time Projection Chamber.
  • Electrical engineering Professor Weidong Zhou was elected a 2015 fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.
  • Chemistry Professor Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta received the 2015 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education. He also was named a 2015 fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Physics Professor Kaushik De has been elected a 2015 fellow of the American Physical Society for his work in developing cloud computing architectures.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Student Accolades

  • Two civil engineering student teams won first and second places in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ GeoInstitute’s 2015 national competitions.
  • Biology and microbiology major Emmanuel Fordjour earned top honors at the 2015 Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Washington, D.C.
  • 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.
  • Three computer science and engineering students won a $10,000 prize in the 2015 NTx Apps Challenge for a smart traffic light network.
  • Two electrical engineering student teams captured first-place honors at the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Hong Kong.
  • Biochemistry major John Gurak was 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, was 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 ranked fifth in the 2014 Formula Student Combustion World Rankings. The program was 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 2015 National Cheerleaders Association College Championships. UT Arlington also won the title in 2014 and 2010.


Exploring Diversity

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.

Fueling Economic Vitality Within A Community-Centered Environment


Shining Example

The Mathematics Department received the 2013 American Mathematical Society Award for Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. 

Nurturing Future Leaders with a Robust Academic and Student Experience