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Fueling Economic Vitality Within A Community-Centered Environment

Whether providing an unparalleled education or addressing important societal challenges, UTA enhances the quality of life in Texas and beyond. The North Texas economy reaps the benefits of the University’s focus on fostering discovery and cultivating entrepreneurship. Engaged faculty, staff, and students embody a collaborative spirit that helps UTA change the trajectory of thousands of lives each year by aiding populations in need, improving health care, managing our natural resources, creating more livable communities, and harnessing the proliferation of data.

  • UTA’s total external benefits, including spinoff research and alumni employed, create an annual economic impact of $13.6 billion and more than 131,000 jobs in Texas.

  • Some 12,746 UTA students earned graduate degrees, undergraduate degrees, and certificates last year, creating a larger pool of well-educated employees for the knowledge-based industries in North Texas and beyond.

  • UTA alumni hold leadership positions at all 22 of the Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the North Texas region, the nation’s fourth-largest metropolitan area.

  • With a workforce of more than 6,000 faculty and staff, UTA is one of the largest employers in North Texas.

  • More than 5,000 students live on campus and another 5,500 live adjacent to campus, driving demand for new businesses and services.

  • The University’s growing expertise in national defense, information technologies, energy, bioengineering, and biotechnologies creates opportunities for the numerous companies that support those interests to excel in the global marketplace.

  • UTA was one of only three Texas universities to achieve a perfect overall Space Usage Efficiency score of 200 in fall 2014.

  • Almost $1.5 million in federal grants helps qualified graduate students earn doctoral degrees in areas of national need, including mathematics, computer science, and bioengineering.

  • Campus construction projects totaling more than $300 million in recent years have spurred substantial employment opportunities and boosted residential and commercial development in downtown Arlington. 

  • In 2017, TMAC worked with 515 manufacturing customers to help them generate $858 million new and retained sales, and reduce operational costs by $165 million. This work resulted in $129 million in new investments by these TMAC customers and the creation of 6,609 new and retained manufacturing jobs in Texas.

  • UTA’s research and development efforts are boosting the local economy through the development of intellectual property, company startups, and job creation. The University recently developed agreements with Illumina, Greenway Innovative Energy, Boehringer Ingelheim, and others, and has received a grant funded through the federal government’s Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium to develop the manufacturing process for the ReHeal glove, a bioengineered healing glove that delivers medicine to injured hands.

  • In addition to green construction projects that include multiple LEED-certified buildings, UTA’s commitment to sustainability includes academic offerings that prepare students to understand, develop, and evaluate environmentally friendly practices.

  • UTA’s Center for Metropolitan Density addresses the challenges of sustainable development in the 21st century.

  • The Center for African American Studies, the only one of its kind in North Texas, examines issues related to race and cultural diversity. It is a collaboration between the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Social Work.

  • UTA’s Institute of Urban Studies completes dozens of projects for Texas cities each year—from feasibility and corridor studies to updates of parks and land-use plans

  • UTA students, faculty, and staff volunteered more than 680,000 hours of service in 2012-13, earning a place on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.