Our business is cultivating brilliance. Business is booming.

In the last three years, UT Dallas has combined the second largest enrollment growth with SAT scores among the highest of all the public universities in Texas. When you’re in the business of creating brilliance, a boom year is good for everyone. A lot of good years is ingenious.

A Commitment to Academic Excellence, Smart Growth and Value

In fall 2013, The University of Texas at Dallas crossed the 20,000-student mark—really, soared right past it to 21,193 students, including a record 2,231 new freshmen—a 44 percent increase in the size of the University’s first-year class. President David E. Daniel is often asked how big UT Dallas wants to become, and the answer is probably 25,000 to 30,000 students. At that point, the University will be large enough to compete with the very best public research universities in America. UT Dallas is well on its way there.

While the student body grew dramatically, markers of student achievement held steady or improved. The fall 2013 freshman class included 88 National Merit Scholars, the largest number in one class ever. The freshman class’ average SAT score remained one of the highest among Texas public universities. These aspects of the University’s character are important. It’s not just scale UT Dallas is working to achieve. The University is continuing to build quality.

The University’s steady enrollment growth is remarkable, given U.S. Census figures showing that higher education institutions across the country lost half a million students in 2012. In a survey by the global accounting firm KPMG, college administrators reported that family finances and an inability to offer competitive tuition were the biggest factors in the loss.

UT Dallas offers something very valuable for students, families and alumni: a solid return on the college investment. The University serves primarily students who pursue high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (the STEM fields), and those interested in business. About 63 percent of incoming freshmen are STEM majors. These are fields with the greatest demand for new graduates in the Richardson Telecom Corridor, the Dallas-Fort Worth area and throughout the world.

UT Dallas students not only receive their degrees from a well-ranked research institution, they graduate with less debt than most students in the country. Recent data from U.S. News & World Report shows that most UT Dallas graduates carry no debt. Those who do carry debt carry very low amounts of it relative to graduates of other U.S. universities. This metric provides yet another indicator of what’s right at UT Dallas.

UT Dallas is ahead of target in just about every measure of its plan, from growth to quality. But this is more than a nice achievement for the University to showcase. What faculty and students accomplish is a critical ingredient in the community’s progress. The world is more competitive than ever. Richardson and Texas need the output of great research universities like UT Dallas to stay competitive, and to remain prosperous. UT Dallas produces—one student at a time—the brilliant and empowered human capital that will create the kind of future everyone wants to share.