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About the College of Engineering

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The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering has emerged as one of the most comprehensive engineering programs in North Texas and the nation. It offers 11 baccalaureate, 14 master’s, and nine doctoral degree programs, and its programs are ranked by U.S. News and World Report as among the best in the nation.

With more than 7,500 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. The College boasts seven buildings, including the Science and Engineering Innovation and Research (SEIR) Building, which opened in Fall 2018

With a commitment to creating viable solutions to today’s most pressing problems, the College of Engineering is helping make UTA The Model 21st Century Urban Research University.

Fast Facts

A short list of interesting facts about UTA's College of Engineering.

Academic Programs

The College of Engineering offers the most comprehensive engineering program in North Texas, with seven departments and multiple interdisciplinary research centers.


UTA is classified as a Research 1 University -- Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Annual research expenditures for the College of Engineering exceed $35 million, which accounts for the majority of research at the University. Overall engineering-related research  expenditures for the University are more than $50 million.

Fast Facts PDF Facilities

The College of Engineering has more than 417,359 square feet of space in eight buildings on and off campus. The Science and Engineering Innovation and Research (SEIR) Building, completed in 2018, is a 229,000-square-foot building that has classroom space and research "neighborhoods" that allow collaborative research in health-related areas in the Colleges of Engineering, Science and Nursing and Health Innovation. The Engineering Research Building, completed in 2011, is a 234,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building that allows for interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration between the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Department of Bioengineering and the College of Science.

Other major buildings in the College include:

  • Aerodynamics Research Center
  • Civil Engineering Lab Building
  • Engineering Laboratory Building
  • Engineering Research Building
  • Nedderman Hall
  • Optical Medical Imaging Center at UT Southwestern
  • Science and Engineering Innovation and Research Building
  • Woolf Hall

In addition to these facilities, the College of Engineering also occupies lab space and holds classes in several other buildings on campus.


Degrees Offered

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

Student Enrollment (Fall 2019)

  • 7,644 total

  • 5,087 undergraduate

  • 2,557 graduate
    • 1,999 master's
    • 558 doctoral

Ethnic Diversity (Fall 2018)

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: 

  • 29% International
  • 23% Hispanic
  • 21% White
  • 17% Asian
  • 6% African American
  • 3% Multicultural
  • 1% Unknown
  • <1% Native American
  • <1% Pacific Islander

Gender (Fall 2018)

  • 80% Male
  • 20% Female

70 Countries Represented (Fall 2018 -- other than the U.S.)

  • Africa -- 17
  • Asia -- 14
  • Europe -- 14
  • Middle East -- 12
  • Central America -- 4
  • South America -- 4
  • Australia/Oceania -- 2
  • North America -- 2
  • Caribbean -- 1

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. One of the things that sets the College of Engineering apart from others at the University is our co-op and internship program. Students gain valuable experience and practical knowledge by participating in one of these programs. Many of our students graduate with a job lined up because of their experience they gained at local engineering firms. UTA alumni have the reputation of being able to "hit the ground running" when they begin their career because of this.


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.


More than 30,000 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).