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Rankings and Recognition

A University of Distinction

Excellence and achievement abound at The University of Texas at Arlington. Our highly ranked academic programs attract the best and brightest scholars from around the world, and our faculty and students consistently receive national and international recognition for their accomplishments. The breadth and depth of these accolades accentuate UTA’s status as a pre-eminent place for intellectual pursuits and a driver of positive change.

UNIVERSITY RANKINGS

  • UTA was awarded R-1: Doctoral Universities—Highest Research Activity designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the definitive list for the top doctoral research universities in the United States. This puts the University in an elite group of 115 institutions, including Harvard, MIT, and Johns Hopkins.
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Graduate Schools” rankings include more than 20 graduate programs at UTA.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UTA fifth among national universities for undergraduate ethnic diversity in 2018.
  • According to Military Times, UTA ranks No. 12 on the 2018 “Best for Vets: Colleges” list, the highest of any four-year Texas university.
  • UTA ranks No. 9 as a Military Friendly” university for 2018 by Victory Media, which evaluates higher-education institutions for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students.
  • Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranks UTA among the top universities in the country for conferring degrees to minority students. For 2017, UTA was No. 1 in Texas for bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded to African-American students, No. 1 in North Texas and No. 12 in the country for master’s degrees awarded to Hispanic graduate students, No. 1 in North Texas and No. 18 in the country for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students, No. 1 in North Texas and No. 2 in Texas for master’s degrees awarded to all minority students, and No. 21 in the country for bachelor’s and master’s degrees conferred to all minority students.
  • College Factual ranked UTA in the top 15 percent of U.S. colleges and universities for veteran friendliness. The ranking is based on educational outcomes to veterans, active-duty military students, and their families.
  • Military Advanced Education & Transition Magazine named UTA a "Top School" for military culture, financial assistance, flexibility, and general, online, and on-campus student support in 2018.
  • Winds of Change magazine named UTA to its 2017-18 list of top 200 schools for Native American students pursuing STEM degrees, the third consecutive year it has been recognized.
  • UTA is No. 9 on Great Value Colleges' 2017-18 ranking of the "50 Best Colleges for Adult Education."
  • Forbes ranked UTA No. 191 on its 2018 Best Value Colleges list.
  • UTA was named one of the Best Schools for Latinos" by Latino Leaders magazine.
  • A report from the Brookings Institution ranks the University of Texas at Arlington among the nation’s top public universities in providing a high-quality college education to students from all income levels.
  • The Association for Women in Mathematics honored UTA’s AWM student chapter in 2017 with its inaugural national award for fundraising and sustainability.

  • In 2018 UTA was named one of the best online colleges for nontraditional students by OnlineColleges.com. It came it at No. 8 on the list.
  • UTA was ranked among the nation’s top “Cool Schools” in 2017 by Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club. Sierra annually evaluates schools on a broad range of sustainability metrics, including transportation, waste disposal, energy, food, and campus innovation.
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers’ Structural Engineering Institute honored UTA’s ASCE Graduate Student Chapter as its graduate student chapter of the year in 2017. 
  • Hispanic Network Magazine ranked UTA among the nation's Best of the Best Schools in 2017.
  • UTA was designated a 2010-2020 Carnegie Community Engaged Campus by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for service to the community and the public school system.
  • The Princeton Review included UTA on its list of “The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition."
  • ValueColleges.com ranked UTA among the top 50 Best Value Graduate Schools for 2017. The evaluators said UTA’s location gives students access to one of the nation’s leading economic centers.
  • The Center for World University Rankings placed UTA at No. 166 in the United States on its 2017 list. This is an increase from No. 175 in 2016, No. 185 in 2015 and No. 196 in 2014.
  • UTA came in 36th in the “Environment Pillar” of the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking 2017. The pillar considers the makeup of the student body at each campus, helping students understand whether they will find themselves in a diverse, supportive, and inclusive environment while they are at college.
  • UTA was ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 49 in the nation on Washington Monthly’s 2017 list of America’s Best 4-Year Colleges for Adult Learners. The magazine chose colleges based on data from the Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System survey and their College Scorecard database. 
  • ValueColleges.com ranked UTA No. 42 on its list of the Best Value Online Graduate Schools of 2017.
  • Times Higher Education ranked UTA No. 126 on its list of the Best Universities in the United States for 2018.
  • UTA ranks No. 141 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 High School Counselor Rankings, for which guidance counselors are asked which national universities and national liberal arts colleges they think offer the best undergraduate education to their students.
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings of the Best Global Universities placed UTA in the 416th spot of 1,000 universities. The news magazine ranked UTA No. 215 for its engineering programs and No. 283 for its physics program.
  • UTA is one of only 63 institutions nationwide named to Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes excellence in community college transfer pathways.
  • UTA was ranked No. 8 in ValueColleges.com's Best Online Colleges in Texas.
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ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks CAPPA’s public affairs graduate program No. 77 in its 2018 “Best Graduate Schools” list.
  • UTA was ranked No. 13 on OnlineU’s 2017 list of the Most Affordable Online Colleges for MPA Programs.
  • The Master of Public Administration was ranked 9th in ValueColleges.com’s 2016 list of the top 50 best value MPA programs.

College of Business

  • CEO Magazine named the College of Business’ Executive Master of Business program No. 21 among Global MBA programs, No. 16 in the United States, and No. 1 in Texas. Its MBA program was named to the Tier 1 North American rankings.
  • TFE Times ranked the College of Business’ master of quantitative finance degree No. 2 in Texas and No. 41 in the United States for 2017.

  • The College of Business was named an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review. The education services company profiled the college in the 2017 edition of its annual book, The Best 294 Business Schools.
  • The College of Business’ Part-Time MBA program is ranked No. 122 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Graduate Schools” list.
  • The College of Business is among the top 50 best business schools for veterans in the United States according to 2016 rankings by Military Times.
  • The College of Business’ chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society received “Highest Honors” recognition for the 2016-17 academic year. 

  • The Master of Science in Taxation program ranked No. 10 in the nation by TaxTalent.com for 2016-17.

College of Education

  • The Online Master's program in Curriculum and Instruction was ranked No. 1 in the nation by College Choice.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the College of Education No. 124 in its 2019 “Best Graduate Schools” list, up eight spots from a year ago. Its online graduate program is No. 56 in the nation.
  • The College of Education was ranked No. 4 on CollegeChoice’s list of the 50 Best Online Master’s in Education Degrees for 2017.
  • The Center for Online Education ranked UTA No. 6 on its 2018 list of the Best Online Master’s in Educational Leadership Degree Programs.
  • UTA was ranked No. 5 on College Choice’s “Best Elementary Education Degrees” for 2017.

College of Engineering

  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best Graduate Schools” list ranks the College of Engineering No. 83 among the Best Graduate Engineering Schools in the nation. The graduate program in aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering is ranked No. 48, biomedical engineering No. 96, civil engineering No. 89, computer engineering No. 80, computer science No. 91 (listed by U.S. News under “science”), electrical/electronic/communications engineering No. 85, industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering No. 54, mechanical engineering No. 81, and materials engineering No. 77 in the nation.
  • The College of Engineering advanced to No. 110 on the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list for undergraduate engineering programs at colleges offering doctoral degrees.

College of Liberal Arts

  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Graduate Schools” list ranks the English graduate program No. 116 in the nation, up nine spots from 2017. The fine arts graduate program is No. 131, and history is No. 132.

College of Nursing and Health Innovation

  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best Graduate Schools” list ranks the College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s master's program No. 50 in the nation and its doctor of nursing practice program No. 52, which is the second-highest in the state. 
  • The College of Nursing and Health Innovation is ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 9 in the nation for veteran friendliness by College Factual. The rankings look for colleges that produce quality outcomes in nursing and offer support and resources to help veterans and active-duty military students thrive. 
  • UTA’s Online Master of Nursing program was ranked No. 25 on Graduate Program.com’s "2017 Top Graduate Schools” list.
  • The College of Nursing and Health Innovation was designated a 2015 Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing, making it one of only two universities in Texas to ever receive the honor.
  • The College of Nursing and Health Innovation was ranked No. 7 on the Top 20 Online Nursing Degree Programs list by OnlineSchoolsCenter.com.
  • The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is ranked No. 6 on ValueColleges.com's Top 50 Best Value Online RN to BSN list.
  • The College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s Ph.D. and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees were ranked Nos. 35 and 42, respectively, in Value Colleges’ 2016 Top 50 Best Value Online college lists.

College of Science

  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best Graduate Schools” list ranks the College of Science’s graduate program in biological sciences No. 190, chemistry No. 145, mathematics No. 136, physics No. 119, and earth science No. 111 in the nation.

School of Social Work

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the graduate social work program No. 34 in the nation on its 2019 “Best Graduate Schools” list, up four positions from the year before.
  • College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, ranked UTA No. 5 on its 2017 list of the Most Affordable Online Master's in Social Work.
  • UTA was ranked No. 18 on OnlineU’s 2017 list of the 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for MSW Programs. 
  • The School of Social Work is ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 5 in the nation for veteran friendliness by College Factual. The rankings look for schools and colleges the produce quality outcomes in social work and offer support and resources to help veterans and active-duty military students thrive.
  • The School of Social Work was ranked the No. 22 most affordable MSW program for 2017 by socialworkdegreeguide.com 
  • In 2016, GraduatePrograms.com named the School of Social Work No. 3 on its list of the top 25 social work schools based on student ratings and reviews.
  • College Choice ranked UTA No. 29 on its list of the Best Master of Social Work Degrees for 2017. 
  • MSWguide.org ranked the School of Social Work No. 16

FAST FACTS

Degrees of Influence

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.

Fast Facts about UTA

FAST FACTS

Bound for Success

Through its Bound for Success early-admissions program, UTA is partnering with the Arlington, Grand Prairie, and Mansfield school districts to increase the number of high school students who earn a college degree.

Fast Facts about UTA

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