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About the College of Engineering


The College of Engineering is the most comprehensive engineering program in North Texas. It offers 11 baccalaureate, 14 master’s, and nine doctoral degree programs across seven departments, and its programs are ranked by U.S. News and World Report as among the best in the nation.

We are an outstanding value for students seeking a supportive environment in which to explore and thrive. The education you'll receive, the research you'll conduct, the connections you'll make and the career opportunities that will open themselves to you here help separate us from the crowd.

With more than 7,600 students and more than 34,000 alumni, the College of Engineering is the fourth-largest in Texas, providing the local, regional, and national workforce with motivated and highly skilled graduates.

Fast Facts

Research

UTA is classified as a Research 1 University -- Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the College of Engineering plays a large role in that designation. Annual research expenditures for the College exceed $40 million, which accounts for the majority of research at the University. Overall engineering-related research expenditures for the University are more than $55 million. The College also hosts interdisciplinary research centers in aerodynamics, photonics, water and transportation, among others. Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in research, and the College supports funded research experiences for undergraduates each year.

Faculty

Degrees Offered

  • 11 bachelor’s
  • 14 master’s
  • 9 doctoral

Student Enrollment (Fall 2019)

  • 7,636 total

  • 5,063 undergraduate

  • 2,573 graduate
    • 2,033 master's
    • 540 doctoral

Ethnic Diversity (Fall 2019)

UT Arlington recently was ranked as the fifth-most-diverse university in the United States, and that diversity is reflected in the College's enrollment: 

  • 36% International
  • 21% Hispanic
  • 22% White
  • 11% Asian
  • 6% Black
  • 3% Multicultural
  • <1% Unknown
  • <1% Native American
  • <1% Pacific Islander

Gender (Fall 2018)

  • 79% Male
  • 21% Female

70 Countries Represented (Fall 2019 -- other than the U.S.)

  • Africa -- 19
  • Europe -- 13
  • Asia -- 12
  • Middle East -- 10
  • South America -- 6
  • Central America -- 4
  • Australia/Oceania -- 2
  • North America -- 2
  • Caribbean -- 2

2019 Undergraduate Rankings (U.S. News and World Report)

  • #116(T) undergraduate engineering program where a doctoral degree is offered

2020 Graduate Rankings (U.S. News and World Report)

  • #82(T) graduate engineering program
Graduate program specialty rankings: 
  • #45(T) aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical program
  • #60(T) industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering program
  • #73(T) computer engineering program
  • #78(T) materials science and engineering program
  • #82(T) electrical/electronic engineering program
  • #89(T) civil engineering program
  • #91(T) computer science program*
  • #93(T) biomedical engineering program
  • #94(T) mechanical engineering program

* - Computer Science is grouped by U.S. News and World Report with the sciences and is only ranked every four years. This information represents the last ranking, which was in 2019.

Student Life

Engineering students participate in a multitude of student organizations, such as Engineering Student Council, Tau Beta Pi, and the Society of Women Engineers. Our co-op and internship program allows students to gain valuable experience and practical knowledge that will help them begin successful careers in engineering. 

Tradition

Engineers Week is the most important week of the year in the College of Engineering. It consists of daily activities and fun, the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Engineering, a career fair, and a banquet to recognize the achievements of our students, faculty, and staff.

The Hall of Flags celebrates the diversity and global nature of the students in the College of Engineering. Shortly after Nedderman Hall opened in 1988, the College hung the flag of every student who had ever attended the College of Engineering from the rafters in the building's atrium, creating a striking effect for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Due to a controversy in 2006, the flags were replaced by banners featuring the name of each country represented by an engineering student -- now totaling more than 150 countries. 

Welcome Bash is an annual picnic at the beginning of the school year that welcomes new students and encourages returning students to share their experiences with the newcomers. We serve about 1,100 students at this fun event.

Commencement is celebrated twice per year, in December and May. College of Engineering faculty and graduating students gather at College Park Center, where each student crosses the stage and accepts his or her diploma cover.

The Formula SAE racing team, which has competed since 1982, races against collegiate teams from around the world. The all-student team, across all engineering disciplines and some non-engineering ones too, has won eight national titles (a collegiate record) and three international championships, in Japan, England, and Australia.

Alumni

More than 34,000 successful alumni have graduated from the College of Engineering. These Maverick engineers have started companies, flown in space, developed popular computer games, gained leadership positions in major industries, and patented innovative processes and applications. Their contributions have played a major role in helping to enhance lives in myriad, tangible ways.

Two UT Arlington College of Engineering alumni have become space shuttle astronauts: Kalpana Chawla (1962–2003), Columbia STS-87 (1997) and Columbia STS-107 (2003); and Robert L. Stewart, Challenger STS-41B (1984) and Atlantis STS-51J (1985).

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