We are rapidly approaching the day when the University of Texas will refer to Arlington and UTA will be that other campus in Austin. (Okay, a little of our Arlington pride may be showing here.)
The University of Texas System publishes a “Smartbook” with statistics captured on the various campus locations. Would it surprise you to learn that the median first-year salary reported for UT Arlington students is 14% higher than graduates of UT Austin? The Smartbook reports $52,974 as the first year median wage for Arlington, $46,343 for Austin.
In March 2019, the Smartbook reported that Arlington awarded a full 30% of the master’s degrees conferred by the UT system with eight campuses reporting. Arlington awarded 4895 masters degrees while Austin awarded 3087. Considering total degrees awarded, Austin edged Arlington 14,247 to 14,107. The next university was UT Dallas, with 8256 degrees conferred.
Once a “commuter” school, more students now live within a mile of the Arlington Campus than live within a mile of the Austin Campus. If you have not been to the University of Texas at Arlington’s campus recently, you may be surprised to see that the campus now fills the space between Pecan Street on the east and Davis Street on the west. Arlington’s emerging walkable downtown has restaurants, coffee shops, internet cafés, and bars that provide today’s UT Arlington students with a college town atmosphere.
Known for engineering and STEM programs, UT Arlington supports the Greater Arlington area with a steady stream of well-qualified engineers and technically trained people to support Arlington’s growing business community. UT Arlington’s cooperation with Tarrant County College, Arlington ISD, and Mansfield ISD make it a critical player in the development of our workforce for the future. UT Arlington is a force for good in greater Arlington.
Feature Image courtesy of UTA’s College Park Center.