Fast Facts

Fast Facts

More than four decades ago, UT Dallas began as a collection of research stations in a North Texas cotton field. Founded at the dawn of the information age, the University has evolved into the national research university our founders envisioned.

Renowned for Research: In 2016, the University was assigned the highest classification of research activity by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. Historically denoted as an “R1 University,” the classification acknowledges UT Dallas as a doctoral-granting university with the highest research activity. UT Dallas is among 115 universities in the U.S. with this classification.

Top 50 MBA Program: Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the Naveen Jindal School of Management MBA program No. 29 in its 2016 list of best business schools. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report rated the school’s online graduate business programs 2nd and its online MBA program 7th in the U.S. The Jindal School is No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report’s Top 10 Short List comparing average starting salaries of MBA graduates to their student loan debt.

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences’ Callier Center has two programs nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report — graduate audiology ranked No. 4 and graduate speech-language pathology ranked No. 12.

Growth in Engineering and Computer Science: Enrollment in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science has increased more than 150 percent since 2008, and now tops 7,000 students; the number of research and teaching faculty members have doubled from about 100 to more than 200; and the school has started four new departments and nine new degree programs.

World Class: UT Dallas ranks No. 1 in the United States and 21st in the world in the 2017 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings of the world’s most outstanding universities under 50 years old.

UT Dallas has conferred almost 110,000 degrees to its graduates.

Nobel Alumnus: In 2015, Dr. Aziz Sancar PhD’77 became the first alumnus in the University’s history win the Nobel Prize.

Recruiting: Of the 10 most profitable companies as reported online by Fortune 500, nine of them or their subsidiaries recruit UT Dallas students.


National Merit Scholars: 390

Student Life: More than 300 student organizations

Athletics: More than 300 students compete on 13 intercollegiate teams

The University ranks No. 25 in Business Insider’s list of smartest public colleges in the U.S.

Top Majors

For Undergraduate Students: Computer Science, Biology, Arts and Technology, Accounting, Mechanical Engineering, Finance, Business Administration, Neuroscience, Electrical Engineering, Healthcare Studies

For Graduate Students: Information Technology & Management, Computer Science, Accounting, Electrical Engineering, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Supply Chain Management, Finance, Communication Disorders, Management Science, Mechanical Engineering

Academic Programs:  141 in 8 Schools:

Financial Aid: About 70 percent of undergraduates receive assistance in paying for their education through need-based aid, merit scholarships and other financial aid.

Value: UT Dallas has been recognized as one of the best values in U.S. higher education by several renowned publications. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked UT Dallas 32nd in its list of “Best College Values.” The Princeton Review placed UT Dallas in its list “Colleges That Pay You Back.” In 2016, UT Dallas was listed No. 37 among public universities for best value by Money Magazine.

Debt and Diversity: UT Dallas was named one of the top 30 universities in the country for student ethnic diversity and low student debt by U.S. News & World Report.