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President's Message

President Karbhari

As one of the state’s Emerging Research Universities, we embrace our mission of serving our region through excellence in teaching, research, economic development, and engagement with the communities we serve. The DFW Metroplex—the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation—is the fastest-growing region in the United States. The University of Texas at Arlington is following this growth trajectory as demonstrated by increasing student enrollment and graduation rates, as well as excellence in education based on continuously improving rankings and reputation. We are creating significant social and economic impact for the Metroplex and the state.

We are also now No. 2 in the nation for transfer students, with 56 percent of our incoming class transferring to UTA from community colleges or other universities. We strive to mirror the communities we serve, and we are committed to the success of each of our students. Today, UTA is fifth among national universities for our diversity index, and we are ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 7 nationally for our veteran programs.

In an age of rapid technological convergence where information and knowledge are growing at exponential rates and population demographics are changing rapidly, UTA is re-envisioning the social compact between academe and the community. We are focused on graduating students who will continue to be learned citizens. They are both the workforce of the future and the creators of the future of the workforce.

Our faculty is integrating three aspects that are generally treated as separate: the pursuit of academic knowledge, the development of workforce skills, and the creation of discoveries that serve as engines for future economic development, including through the creation of an innovation economy around us. Research, creative activity, and innovation go hand-in-hand at UTA. We strive to provide access to the highest levels of excellence in education for all those determined to seek a better tomorrow through the promise of higher education.

As a Carnegie R-1 “Very High Research” institution, UTA serves as the generator of ideas, as a catalyst for innovation and of intellectual capital. Our campus is filled with bright young minds, and we are constantly re-envisioning the future. They come here to learn, they generate ideas, and they work on developing new technologies and concepts. Our students are a vital part of our discovery-driven research enterprise, which is centered on enhancing the understanding of the frontiers of human knowledge.

Through our faculty, staff, students, and alumni we connect our region to the rest of the globe in multiple and impactful ways: Our students come from over 100 countries; we have faculty-led partnerships in almost every major economic region in the world; our alumni lead major firms in developing and developed nations.

As an Emerging Research University and the next Texas Tier One institution, we are focused on meeting the needs of Texas today, tomorrow, and into the future with bold solutions that will also have global impact. UTA is committed to consistently reaching higher levels of excellence.

Vistasp M. Karbhari