Tier One schools must have at least $400 million in endowments. For the 2015 fiscal year, donors to UT Dallas continued progress in a number of measures used to gauge private support. In addition to 70 new endowed funds, total gifts and pledges reached more than $30 million for the year, measured from Sept. 1, 2014, to Aug. 31, 2015. The total number of funds comprising the UT Dallas endowment has nearly quadrupled in 10 years, rising from 106 in 2005 to 412 today.
UT Dallas needs to build the size of its faculty from the current 552 to somewhere between 800 and 1,000 individuals, both to build the research program and to expand the academic offerings that serve students.
The recent addition of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, the nation’s oldest for all academic disciplines, is another milestone for UT Dallas and one of the qualifying benchmarks for the National Research University Fund.
The University has among the best-prepared incoming freshmen each year in the state. About 33 percent of freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, and 64 percent ranked in the top 25 percent. As of fall 2015, the average SAT score for entering freshmen was 1258; the average ACT score was 28.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board requested strategic plans from each of Texas’ emerging research universities. The plans describe each institution’s strategies to develop into a national research university and address specific issues and questions specified by the Board. This document presents the plan for UT Dallas.