A college graduate is perhaps as close to achieving the American dream as a person can be. Diploma in hand, the graduate looks out into a future where all things are possible. But for the majority of college graduates, debt threatens to undermine that bright future. It's a major reason why The University of Texas at Arlington has worked diligently to ensure that its students graduate with low debt, ready to achieve and succeed in the workforce.
In U.S. News & World Report's 2017 "Best Colleges" list, UTA ranked No. 2 in the nation for graduating students with low debt. The average debt of UTA students upon graduation outshines that of students at Yale, Harvard, North Carolina State University, and the University of California, Berkeley, fellow Carnegie R-1 "highest research activity" universities. Only Princeton, a private university, ranked higher than UTA.
The rankings were based on the class of 2015 at 125 national universities. Data included information from financial institutions and from federal, state, and local government reports.
At UTA, low cost and excellence go hand in hand. Students learn from world-class faculty and benefit from unprecedented access to research opportunities, internships, and leadership development. Meanwhile, the Office of Financial Aid assists with loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study. The Student Money Management Center teaches students how to manage their money with a focus on saving and budgeting.
After four years, UTA students are ready to graduate miles ahead of the crowd. Instead of worrying about paying off massive amounts of debt, they can focus on their careers, travel the world, and maybe even catch up on lost sleep they incurred as undergraduates—dreams well within reach.