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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.


  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.

  • 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."
  • 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. 
  • 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's Best Online Colleges in Texas.
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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’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 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. 112 in its 2018 “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 2018 “Best Graduate Schools” list ranks the College of Engineering No. 73 among the Best Graduate Engineering Schools in the nation, up nine spots from last year. The graduate program in aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering is ranked No. 48, civil engineering No. 82, computer engineering No. 64, computer science No. 90 (listed by U.S. News under “science”), electrical/electronic/communications engineering No. 83, industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering No. 44, and mechanical engineering No. 95.
  • 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 2018 “Best Graduate Schools” list ranks the College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s master's program No. 92 in the nation, its doctor of nursing practice program No. 101, and its online graduate program No. 87.
  • 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’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
  • The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is ranked No. 6 on'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 2018 “Best Graduate Schools” list ranks the College of Science’s graduate program in biological sciences No. 188, chemistry No. 131, mathematics No. 134, physics No. 111, and psychology No. 190 in the nation.

School of Social Work

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the graduate social work program No. 38 in the nation on its 2018 “Best Graduate Schools” list.
  • College Choice ranked UTA No. 29 on its list of the Best Master of Social Work Degrees for 2017. 
  • UTA was ranked No. 18 on OnlineU’s 2017 list of the 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for MSW Programs. 
  • The online Master of Social Work program is ranked 12th in the nation for 2015, according to Social Work Degree
  • The School of Social Work is ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 15 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.
  • In 2016, 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, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, ranked UTA No. 5 on its 2016 list of the Most Affordable Online Master's in Social Work.
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  • Aerospace engineering Professor Frank Lu was named an American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics fellow in 2017. He is the first UTA faculty member to earn the honor.
  • J.-C. Chiao, the Mike and Janet Greene Endowed Professor and Jenkins Garrett Endowed Professor of Electrical Engineering, was named an SPIE fellow in 2017 for his achievements in micro medical devices and systems.
  • Kytai Nguyen, bioengineering professor, was named a 2016 fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering for her work in nanocomposites and nanoparticles.
  • Electrical engineering Professor Frank Lewis was named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2016. 
  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers named Qilian Liang, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, a 2016 fellow.
  • Yi “Leaf” Zhang, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, was named a Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellow in 2016.
  • The UTA faculty includes one National Academy of Engineering, one National Academy of Sciences, and 12 National Academy of Inventors members.
  • Social work Professor Vijayan Pillai was elected a 2016 fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the United Kingdom.
  • Hanli Liu, bioengineering professor, was named a 2016 fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry named electrical engineering Associate Professor Samir Iqbal a 2016 fellow.
  • The Society for Social Work and Research, the premier worldwide social work research organization, named social work Associate Professor Alexa Smith-Osborne a 2016 fellow.
  • Wendy J. Casper, professor of organizational behavior, was named a 2016 fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
  • Two civil engineers, Professor Emeritus Syed Qasim and Senior Lecturer Yvette Pearson Weatherton, were elected 2015 fellows of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Materials science and engineering Professor Pranesh Aswath has been named a 2015 fellow of ASM International, the world's largest association of metals-centric materials scientists and engineers.
  • Physics Professor Kaushik De has been elected a 2015 fellow of the American Physical Society for his work in developing cloud-computing architectures.
  • Electrical engineering Professor Weidong Zhou was elected a 2015 fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.
  • Chemistry Professor Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta was named a 2015 fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Materials science and engineering Professor Pranesh Aswath was named a 2015 fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.
  • Electrical engineering Professor Michael Vasilyev was named a 2015 fellow of the Optical Society.


  • Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, Hamish Small Chair in Ion Analysis and James Garrett Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received the 2016 Tech Titans Technology Inventors Award from the Technology Association of North Texas. 
  • Kevin Schug, the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, along with Laura Mydlarz, associate professor and associate chair of biology, received the 2016 Tech Titans of the Future–University Level Award.
  • UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching awards were presented to Ashley Griffith, earth and environmental sciences assistant professor; Christopher Kribs, mathematics and curriculum and instruction professor; and James Campbell Quick, the John and Judy Goolsby–Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair in the College of Business’ Department of Management, in 2016. 
  • Sedrick Huckaby, art and art history assistant professor, was a Competition Winner of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2016, hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. He also won the Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award, given annually by the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University.
  • Robert Gatchel received the 2017 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation in recognition of his distinguished career and enduring contribution to psychology. 
  • Materials Today/Elsevier Materials Science awarded the Council’s Embracing Challenge Award to bioengineering Professor Kytai Nguyen in 2016. 
  • Joe Lundy, from the Department of Civil Engineering, received the American Society for Testing and Materials’ International Award of Merit
  • Kevin Schug, the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, and Barbara Shipman, associate professor of mathematics, were named to the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2016. 
  • The Eastern Analytical Symposium gave its highest honor, the 2016 Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Analytical Chemistry Award, to Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, the Hamish Small Chair of Ion Analysis in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, for his groundbreaking contributions to the fields of analytical chemistry. 
  • Mathematics Professor Minerva Cordero-Epperson received Ford Motor Company’s 2016 Mujeres Legendarias (Legendary Women) award for her excellence in teaching and a decades-long commitment to increasing diversity in STEM programs. 
  • Physics Professor Ramon E. Lopez received the 2016 Space Physics and Aeronomy Richard Carrington Award in recognition of his significant and outstanding impact on students’ and the public’s understanding of science through education and outreach activities. 
  • Catheleen Jordan was recognized as a 2017 Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers Foundation for her important contributions to the social work profession and to social policies. 
  • Erika Pribanic-Smith, journalism associate professor, received the 2016 American Journalism Historians Association’s David Sloan Award for Best Faculty Paper. 
  • David Nygren, the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics, was honored in 2015 as one of two recipients of a new American Physical Society instrumentation award for his contributions to particle physics. He also received the 2015 Aldo Menzione Prize for his invention of the Time Projection Chamber.
  • Physics Professor Zdzislaw Musielak received the 2015 Humboldt Research Award for his exploration of extra-solar planetary systems, the origin of dark matter and dark energy, black holes, and formulation of fundamental theories of physics.
  • Chemistry Professor Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta received the 2015 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education.
  • The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics honored Professor Frank Lewis, head of UT Arlington’s Advanced Controls and Sensors Group, with the society’s 2016 Intelligent Systems Award in recognition of his work to advance the capabilities of autonomous aircraft systems.
  • Anne Bavier, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, received the 2015 Legion of Honor Gold Medallion from the Philadelphia-based Chapel of Four Chaplains.
  • Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez, an associate professor of Spanish, was named the 2015 winner of the prestigious León Felipe International Poetry Prize for his work, Libro de la ceniza (Book of Ashes). He also won the Ninth Annual Luis Cardoza y Aragón Poetry Prize in 2014.
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  • In 2017, the men’s Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team won the National Wheelchair Basketball Intercollegiate Championship for the eighth time in school history. 
  • The men’s cross country team won the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Championship.
  • UTA won the 2017 Men’s Indoor Track and Field Sun Belt Conference Championship.
  • Junior basketball player Kevin Hervey was named the Sun Belt Conference 2016-17 Player of the Year, the first time a UTA student has received the honor. 
  • Junior basketball player Cierra Johnson was named the Sun Belt Conference 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Junior basketball player Rebekah VanDijk was selected to the 2016-17 All-Sun Belt Conference First Team.
  • Natalie Castro Lopez, a doctoral student in educational leadership, won a 2016 Graduate Fellowship from the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education and published a paper in the Journal of Ethical Educational Leadership.
  • Lauren Fuess, a doctoral student in quantitative biology, won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her paper, “Up in Arms: Immune and Nervous System Response to Sea Star Wasting Disease,” was published in the journal PLOS ONE in 2015.
  • Doctoral student Raheem Bello is chief executive officer of Afthon, a start-up that produces more efficient power generators that could alleviate power shortages in remote areas of the world. The company won $25,000 in funding from VentureWell.
  • Social work Ph.D. student Bonita Sharma won the 2015 Partners in International Education Award, presented by the Council on Social Work Education’s Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work.
  • Ashis Biswas, a doctoral student in computer science and engineering, was awarded Best Paper honors at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering.
  • Mathematics senior Nicholas Rubel is a National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholar. He spent the summer of 2015 at Edwards Air Force Base working on a new algorithm to solve partial differential equations numerically.
  • Biology major Priscilla Glenn received a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates fellowship in 2015.
  • Four UTA students were awarded Raul Villarreal Scholarships at the Great Minds in STEM Conference in October. The winners were Andres Urias (biological chemistry), Dorian Strong (psychology), Jose Garcia (mechanical engineering), and Elizabeth Martinez (architecture).
  • Naeemul Hassan, a doctoral student in computer science, has pioneered a methodology for automated fact-checking through a tool that analyzes text and predicts claims that need to be examined.
  • The Lady Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team won their first national championship when they defeated Illinois 65-51 in the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.
  • Two civil engineering student teams won first and second places in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ GeoInstitute’s 2015 national competitions.
  • Three computer science and engineering students won a $10,000 prize in the 2015 NTx Apps Challenge for a smart traffic light network.
  • Jessica Dawn Stevens, a junior biology and microbiology major, was one of only 11 students in Texas to be named a Goldwater Scholar for the 2014-15 academic year. She is UTA’s third Goldwater Scholar since 2012.
  • UTA's cheerleading team won its fourth consecutive national championship at the 2017 National Cheerleaders Association's collegiate cheer competition.


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