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UTA Recognized as Texas Tier One Institution, Only Fourth in The State to Earn Designation

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Arlington, Texas - The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) officially became the fourth institution in Texas to be recognized as a Texas Tier One university, a designation signifying that UT Arlington is a nationally-leading research university.

According to a press release by the University, UTA is the first university to achieve Texas Tier One designation in more than three years. The university reached or exceeded rigorous benchmarks of quality established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for at least two consecutive years.

Those benchmarks include:

  • surpassing $45 million in restricted research expenditures;

  • awarding more than 200 Ph.D.s each year, which UTA has done for six years in a row;

  • being designated a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society;

  • enrolling a freshman class of high academic achievement, a criterion for which UTA consistently ranks the highest among universities in the running for NRUF designation; and

  • having high-quality faculty, as illustrated by the increase in National Academy members, who are considered the foremost authorities on impactful research in the U.S. and who achieve membership only through significant contributions that advance their fields of study.

The acclaimed designation makes UTA eligible for resources that will ensure the University continues to recruit top faculty, pursue groundbreaking research and prepare students to enter one of the strongest workforces in the country.

When Mavericks graduate, they gain access to jobs at 22 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the North Texas region—the fourth most in the U.S.—and earn the highest first-year salaries of graduates from non-medical UT System institutions, according to the University of Texas System Smartbook 2020.

UTA’s total research expenditures were approximately $125 million in 2020, with restricted and federal research expenditures of $52 million.

In fall 2020, the University enrolled the largest and most diverse freshman classes in UTA history. It is recognized nationally by U.S. News and World Report both as a leading destination for transfer students (fifth-most transfer students nationally) and as having the fifth-highest undergraduate diversity index in the nation.

Only three other universities have achieved Tier One status: Texas Tech, University of Houston and University of Texas at Dallas.


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