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UTA continues momentum of excellence with latest national rankings

Sunday, September 9, 2018 • Media Contact: UT Arlington Media Relations

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U.S. News & World Report recognizes UTA among nation’s best universities

The University of Texas at Arlington is nationally ranked No. 221 among the top echelon of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges for 2019, which were released Monday, Sept. 10.  UTA also ranked No. 126 among top public universities in the magazine’s rankings.

The rankings list marks the first time UTA has been ranked among the national private and public universities. Last year, UTA was unranked in the category that includes universities ranked between No. 231 and No. 300.

“This is a significant milestone in UTA’s national recognition and is reflective of the tremendous upward trajectory of excellence at UTA,” said UTA president Vistasp Karbhari.  “UTA continues to be recognized for our excellence and impact at the international, national, state and regional levels. This progress is the result of the tremendous efforts of our internationally renowned faculty, our dedicated and talented staff, UTA students, alumni, supporters and partners who are ensuring that we are the model 21st Century Urban Research University.”

“This first-time ranking by U.S. News & World Report is an important step forward for UTA on the national stage,” said Teik Lim, UTA provost and vice president for academic affairs. “U.S. News & World Report is considered by many the gold standard for measuring national reputation.”

UTA also ranked No. 5 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges for 2019 diversity index listing.

“UTA is a magnet not only for high achieving and talented students from across the metroplex and our great state, and also attracts top students globally,” said Troy Johnson, UTA’s vice president for enrollment management. “Having such a large pool of talented students with hugely different perspectives enriches the lives of all and is an important part of our identity.”

U.S. News and World Report rankings measure universities in seven broad areas: first-year student retention and graduation of students; peer assessment; faculty resources; admissions selectivity; financial resources; alumni giving; and graduation rate performance, which is the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion who do.

Washington Monthly ranks UTA #1 in metro DFW

A second national ranking, from Washington Monthly, also ranked UTA very highly, at No. 1 in the metroplex, and No. 7 in Texas, in its 2018 Rankings -National Universities.

 “UTA excels in social mobility, research and service, the three key categories for Washington Monthly,” Lim said. “Our high ranking confirms our strong reputation in these areas, not only locally but across Texas and the nation.”

The same ranking placed UTA at no. 44 in the “America’s Best Bang for the Buck Colleges 2018- South” region.

“Access and affordability are also part of UTA’s DNA. We excel in providing an excellent education at an affordable cost and take pride in making our students great,” Lim added.

Washington Monthly ranks 4-year schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, by recruiting and graduating low-income students; research, by producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs; and service, by encouraging students to give something back to their country. 

UTA enrollment growth rate ranks #5 in the U.S.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Almanac 2018-19 ranked UTA as the fifth fastest-growing among doctoral public institutions in the country. From 2006-2016, UTA’s enrollment expanded by 82.4 percent.