Volume X / 2021
The University of Texas at Arlington | College of Engineering

Goal Achieved

Engineering Lab building and Nedderman Hall

UTA has achieved all the required criteria to earn Texas Tier One designation and funding from Texas’ National Research University Fund (NRUF), becoming the fourth university in the state to do so. The designation means that UTA will receive significant additional state funding each year.

As part of its pursuit of Texas Tier One status, the University had to reach a series of milestones, then maintain them for two years. These included the following:

  • Surpassing $45 million in restricted research expenditures annually.
  • Awarding more than 200 Ph.D.s each year. (College of Engineering graduates account for almost half of this total.)
  • Being designated a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
  • Demonstrating the ability to recruit a freshman class of high academic achievement. (UTA ranks the highest in this criterion among universities in the running for NRUF designation.)
  • Having high-quality faculty.

Exceeding these goals remains a top strategic priority for the University.

“Receiving allocations from NRUF as a Texas Tier One university not only empowers continued expansion of the first-class research enterprise at UTA, but also allows us to provide meaningful solutions to industry, government, and partners that choose to invest in UTA,” Interim Vice President for Research Jim Grover says.

The 81st Texas Legislature created the Texas Tier One designation through the establishment of NRUF, which provides a dedicated, independent, equitable source of funding to enable emerging research universities in Texas to achieve national prominence as major research universities.