Rankings and Recognition

Excellence and achievement abound at The University of Texas at Arlington.

A UNIVERSITY OF DISTINCTION

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.

Awarded R-1: Doctoral Universities—Very High Research Activity

UTA was awarded R-1: Doctoral Universities—Very High 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 131 institutions, including Harvard, MIT, and Johns Hopkins.

No. 1 in Texas for Degrees Awarded to African American Students

According to the 2020 edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine, UTA is No. 1 in Texas for awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to African American students. Nationally, the University is No. 11 for bachelor’s degrees awarded to African American students and No. 14 for master’s degrees. In addition, UTA is No. 17 for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students and No. 11 for master’s degrees in the U.S., and is No. 1 in Texas and No. 17 nationally for master’s degrees awarded to all minority students.

No. 1 nationally: Best for Veterans

UTA ranks No. 1 nationally on Military Times' 2020 “Best for Vets: Colleges” list.

No. 1 in Texas for serving First-Generation, low-income Students

The educational nonprofit ScholarShot ranked UTA tied for first in Texas for serving first-generation, low-income students on its Texas Public University Report Card.

#6 for Ethnic Diversity

U.S. News & World Report ranked UTA sixth among national universities for undergraduate ethnic diversity in 2020.

3rd Fastest Growing doctoral public institution in the U.S.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Almanac (2019) ranked UTA as the third fastest-growing doctoral public institution in the country.

No. 1 in Texas for Adult Learners

In its 2019 list of the top national universities, Washington Monthly magazine ranked UTA No. 1 in North Texas and No. 111 in the U.S. The University is also No. 2 in Texas and No. 63 nationwide for best universities for adult learners and No. 23 for “Best Bang for the Buck” in the southern U.S.

Top 100 for Hispanic Students

Hispanic Outlook on Education magazine ranked UTA among its top 100 universities nationwide for Hispanic students. It was No. 5 in architecture degrees, No. 24 in total graduate degrees, and No. 26 in total enrollment.

No. 1 in North Texas for return on investment

College Consensus named UTA as one of the best online colleges for return on investment on its 2019 list. UTA is No. 1 in North Texas and No. 34 nationally.

Best School for Latinos

UTA was named one of the "Best Schools for Latinos" by Latino Leaders magazine.

Highest Paid Graduates

A University of Texas System survey on post-graduation earnings for baccalaureate graduates working in Texas found that UTA graduates have the highest first-year median wage of any non-medical UT System institution.

Top Performers on Social Mobility

U.S. News & World Report ranked UTA No. 20 on its list of the “Top Performers on Social Mobility” among national universities.

Best Online Accredited College

Study.com ranked UTA the No. 41 best online accredited college in the country.

Best of the West

The Princeton Review named UTA as one of the "Best of the West" in its 2019 Best Colleges: Region by Region rankings.

best undergraduate education ranked by counselors

UTA ranks No. 148 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 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.

Carnegie Community Engaged Campus

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.

Civil Engineering: Graduate Student Chapter of the Year

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ Structural Engineering Institute honored UTA’s ASCE Graduate Student Chapter as its graduate student chapter of the year in 2019 and 2017.

Best Value Colleges

Forbes ranked UTA No. 191 on its 2018 Best Value Colleges list.

Top College for High-Quality Education

A report from the Brookings Institution ranks the University of Texas at Arlington among the nation’s top public universities in providing a high-quality college education to students from all income levels.

Best Schools in Hispanic Network Magazine

Hispanic Network Magazine ranked UTA among the nation's Best of the Best Schools for 2018.

Most Innovative Online College

College Consensus ranked UTA No. 18 in the country on its 2019 "Most Innovative Online Colleges" list.

No. 9 for Military Friendly

UTA ranks No. 9 as a “Military Friendly” university for 2018 by Victory Media, which evaluates higher-education institutions for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students.

Best Online College

The SR Education Group ranked UTA No. 20 on its list of the best online colleges for 2019. The rankings use recent alumni salary data from PayScale and tuition rates across degree levels and programs to provide a list of the schools offering the best value to students.

Top for Native American Students 4 years in a row

Winds of Change magazine named UTA to its 2018-19 list of top 200 schools for Native American students pursuing STEM degrees, the fourth consecutive year it has been recognized.

No. 8 for Best for Nontraditional Students

In 2018 UTA was named one of the best online colleges for nontraditional students by OnlineColleges.com. It came in at No. 8 on the list.

Best Universities in U.S.

Times Higher Education ranked UTA No. 126 on its list of the Best Universities in the United States for 2018.

Top 15% for veteran friendliness

College Factual ranked UTA in the top 15% of U.S. colleges and universities for veteran friendliness. The ranking is based on educational outcomes to veterans, active-duty military students, and their families.

Top School for Military Culture

Military Advanced Education & Transition Magazine named UTA a "Top School" for military culture, financial assistance, flexibility, and general, online, and on-campus student support in 2018.

Best Graduate Programs

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Graduate Schools” rankings include more than 20 graduate programs at UTA.

No. 1 in Texas for Transfers

UTA is No. 1 in Texas for the number of transfer students enrolled, according to U.S. News & World Report. The University had 5,748 transfer students in 2018.

No. 9 for Great Value

UTA is No. 9 on Great Value Colleges' 2017-18 ranking of the "50 Best Colleges for Adult Education."

COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Master Program No. 1 in U.S.

Intelligent.com ranked the Master of Public Administration program No. 1 in the country for 2020.

Online Master of Public Administration No. 15 in Nation

Online College Plan.com ranked UTA’s online Master of Public Administration No. 15 in the nation for 2020.

Best Public Affairs Graduate Program

U.S. News & World Report ranks CAPPA’s public affairs graduate program No. 123 in its 2020 “Best Graduate Schools” list.

No. 2 in Texas for Most Hired Graduates

On its 2018 "Most Hired" list, Design Intelligence ranked UTA No. 2 in Texas and No. 12 in the U.S. among landscape architecture schools that produce less than 20 graduates. It also ranked the University No. 2 in Texas and No. 16 in the U.S. among architecture schools that produce between 70-99 graduates.

No. 13 for Most Affordable

UTA was ranked No. 13 on OnlineU’s 2019 list of the Most Affordable Online Colleges for MPA Programs.

MPA Programs Ranked 15th

The Master of Public Administration was ranked 15th in ValueColleges.com’s 2019 list of the best value online MPA programs.

College of Business


Program Rankings

Several College of Business master's programs are ranked among the nation's best in Eduniversal's 2019 Best Master's Rankings. The college's MS in Business Analytics is No. 20, the MS in Economic Data Analytics is No. 39, the MS in Information Systems and MS in Human Resource Management are both No. 40, the MS in Taxation is No. 43, the MS in Marketing Research is No. 45, the MS in Real Estate is No. 48, and the EMBA and MS in Accounting are both No. 50.

Best Graduate School

The College of Business’ Part-Time MBA program is ranked No. 127 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “Best Graduate Schools” list.

Top 15 Best Online Master of Public Administration degrees for 2020

UTA is ranked No. 12 among the “15 Best Online Master of Public Administration” degrees for 2020 by Great Business Schools.org.

MBA Programs No. 1 in Texas

CEO Magazine named the College of Business’ Executive Master of Business program No. 21 among Global MBA programs, No. 16 in the United States, and No. 1 in Texas. Its MBA program was named to the Tier 1 North American rankings.

No. 5 in the nation for Human Resource Management

CollegeChoice ranked the Master of Science in Human Resource Management degree program No. 5 in the nation for 2019. The MBA in Human Resource Management degree program ranked No. 6.

Finance Program No. 2 in Texas

TFE Times ranked the College of Business' master's program in finance No. 2 in Texas and No. 40 in the nation for 2019.

Taxation program ranked No. 7 in the nation

The Master of Science in Taxation program ranked No. 7 in the nation by TaxTalent.com for 2017-18.

College of Education

Best Online Programs for 2020

On its list of the Best Online Programs for 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked the online master’s programs in education No. 35 in the U.S., up from No. 46 in 2019. This places them among the top 10% nationwide. Additionally, UTA was ranked No. 10 for best online master’s education program for veterans—up from No. 14 in 2019—and No. 20 for best online master’s programs in curriculum and instruction, a new ranking introduced this year.

online master's degree program No. 1 in the U.S.

Intelligent.com ranked UTA’s online master's degree programs in curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, science education, and math education No. 1 in the nation for 2020. It also ranked the online Master of Education degree program No. 24 in the U.S.

No. 5 in U.S. for 2020

The online master’s program in curriculum and instruction was ranked No. 5 in the country by College Rank for 2020.

Online Program No. 1 in the Nation

The Online Master's program in Curriculum and Instruction was ranked No. 1 in the nation by College Choice.

Top Teacher Prep Program

The College of Education was named one the nation’s top teacher prep programs in the first edition of Start Here to Become a Teacher, a new book from the National Council on Teacher Quality. UTA is in the 97th percentile, making it one of the top programs in Texas. The council also gave UTA an A+ grade.

Best Graduate Schools

U.S. News & World Report ranks the College of Education No. 118 in its 2020 “Best Graduate Schools” list.

Online Graduate Program No. 46 in the U.S.

The College of Education’s online graduate education program ranked No. 46 nationally in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 rankings.

Online Master’s Ranked No. 6

The Center for Online Education ranked UTA No. 6 on its 2018 list of the Best Online Master’s in Educational Leadership Degree Programs.

College of Engineering

Best Graduate Schools in U.S.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “Best Graduate Schools” list ranks the College of Engineering No. 82 in the nation. The graduate program in aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering is ranked No. 45, biomedical engineering/bioengineering No. 93, civil engineering No. 89, computer engineering No. 73, electrical/electronic/communications engineering No. 82, industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering No. 60, mechanical engineering No. 94, and materials engineering No. 78 in the nation.

Online Master's in Civil Engineering No. 9

The SR Education group ranked UTA No. 9 on its list of "Best Online Colleges Offering a Master's in Civil Engineering" for 2019.

highest ranking of any North Texas university

OnlineMasters.com ranked UTA No. 28 on its list of the Best Online Master in Electrical Engineering Programs for 2019. It was one of only two Texas universities in the top 40. The site also ranked UTA's Online Master in Industrial Engineering No. 25, the highest of any North Texas university.

College of Liberal Arts

Best Online Criminology and Criminal Justice Degree

UTA’s online degree in criminology and criminal justice was ranked among the best in the country for 2020 by OnlineSchoolsReport.com.

Visual Communication Design program

The Department of Art and Art History’s Visual Communication Design program was ranked No. 44 in the country by Animation Career Review, an online resource for aspiring animators, game designers, graphic designers and digital artists.

Best Graduate Schools in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Graduate Schools” list ranks the English graduate program No. 116 in the nation. The fine arts graduate program is No. 131, and history is No. 132.

College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Master's Program No. 56 in the U.S.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “Best Graduate Schools” list ranks the College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s master's program No. 56 in the nation and its doctor of nursing practice program No. 84.

Best in the Nation

The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program was ranked as the best in the nation for 2020 by College Rank.net.

2nd in Texas for Online Master's Program

The online Master of Science in nursing degree program is ranked No. 7 nationally and second in Texas among nursing schools with hybrid or fully online MSN programs, according to Best Health Care Degrees.

No. 3 for veteran friendliness

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation is ranked No. 3 in the nation for veteran friendliness by College Factual. The 2019 rankings look for colleges that produce quality outcomes in nursing and offer support and resources to help veterans and active-duty military students thrive.

No. 75 in U.S. for online graduate nursing program

U.S. News & World Report ranked UTA No. 75 among 170 online graduate nursing programs across the country in its 2019 list.

No. 1 in Texas for non-traditional students

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation is No. 1 in Texas and No. 10 in the country for non-traditional students, according to College Factual's 2019 rankings.

Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation was designated a 2019 Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing.

BSN Degree Ranked No. 6

The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is ranked No. 6 on ValueColleges.com's Top 50 Best Value Online RN to BSN list.

Online Nursing Program Ranked No. 7

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation was ranked No. 7 on the Top 20 Online Nursing Degree Programs list by OnlineSchoolsCenter.com.

Online Bachelor's Best in the U.S.

UTA’s online accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program was ranked as the best in the U.S. by Nursing Process.org.

College of Science

Best Graduate Schools in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best Graduate Schools” list ranks the College of Science’s graduate program in biological sciences No. 190, chemistry No. 145, mathematics No. 136, physics No. 119, and earth science No. 111 in the nation.

School of Social Work

Graduate Program No. 51 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranked the graduate social work program No. 51 in the nation on its 2020 “Best Graduate Schools” list.

No. 1 in texas for Veteran Friendliness

The School of Social Work is ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 3 in the nation for veteran friendliness by College Factual. The rankings look for schools and colleges the produce quality outcomes in social work and offer support and resources to help veterans and active-duty military students thrive.

Online Master's No. 22 in the country

UTA’s online Master of Social Work degree program was ranked No. 22 in the country for 2020 by OnlineSchoolsReport.com.

No. 39 in the U.S. for Master's Program

Intelligent.com ranked the Master of Social Work degree program No. 39 in the U.S. for 2020.

most Affordable Master's Program in Texas

The MSW program offers the best value in Texas according to HumanServicesEdu.org's list of the Most Affordable CSWE-Accredited Master’s in Social Work Programs for 2019-20.

No. 2 for Best Online Master's

Best College Reviews ranked UTA No. 2 on its list of the Best Master’s in Social Work Online for 2019.

No. 10 for Affordable Online Master's Program

Best Colleges ranked the UTA School of Social Work No. 10 on its Top 30 Most Affordable Master’s in Social Work Online Programs 2018 list.

No. 28 in the U.S. for Online Master's program

The School of Social Work was ranked the No. 28 best Online Master of Social Work degree program in the nation for 2018 by SocialWorkGuide.org.

Master's in Social Work Ranked No. 2

The SR Education Group ranked UTA No. 2 for its Master’s in Social Work program and No. 11 for its Online Master’s in Social Workprogram in the 2018 rankings.

Online Master's No. 1 in the Country

BestMSWPrograms.com ranked UTA's Online Master of Social Work degree No. 1 in the country for 2018.

Master's in Social Work

College Choice ranked UTA No. 29 on its list of MSW programs in 2018.

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