University of Texas at Arlington

University of Texas at Arlington


The University of Texas at Arlington is a growing research powerhouse committed to life-enhancing discovery, innovative instruction, and caring community engagement. An educational leader in the heart of the thriving North Texas region, UTA nurtures minds within an environment that values excellence, ingenuity, and diversity. Guided by world-class faculty members, the University’s more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs represent about 100 countries and pursue more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in a broad range of disciplines. UTA is dedicated to producing the lifelong learners and critical thinkers our region and nation demand. With a growing number of campus residents, UTA has become a first-choice university for students seeking a vibrant college experience. In addition to receiving a first-rate education, our students participate in a robust slate of co-curricular activities that prepare them to become the next generation of leaders. Being the 5th most diverse college in the nation, our students increase their knowledge of the world, enhance their own self-awareness, and expand their horizons here. You can do more here.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare qualified UT Arlington undergraduates for graduate study culminating in the Ph.D. The McNair Scholars Program strives to provide opportunities to disadvantaged undergraduates (low SES, First Generation) that will assist them to overcome the obstacles often associated with low socio-economic and/or minority status and, via graduate study, to reach their full academic and professional potential. McNair Scholars benefits from a considerable array of services ranging from free UTA transcripts for program-related use to a summer research internship with $3,000 stipend. Such benefits allow participants multiple opportunities to develop their academic and professional potential and to realize their dream of attaining a Ph.D. and entering academia. The McNair Scholars Program at UT Arlington was funded by the U.S. Department of Education in 1990. It is one of approximately 150 McNair programs at public and private colleges and universities throughout the United States. The program works with a minimum of 34 Scholars each academic year. It recruits new participants from all majors (in which one might earn a Ph.D.) each fall for spring admission. The program particularly encourages science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors to apply. McNair Scholars remain active members of the program until they graduate with a bachelor of arts or science. Learn more about McNair Scholars Program

Scholarship & Financial Aid Michele Bobadilla Bridge to Excellence Scholarship

The Bridge to Excellence Scholarship encourages deserving students to bridge the gap between dreams and reality through education. First generation entering freshmen (graduate of a DISD high school in the top 25% of the graduating class, with a minimum test score of 1000 SAT/22 ACT) may apply. Learn more about Michele Bobadilla Bridge to Excellence Scholarship

Scholarship & Financial Aid Centennial Endowed Scholarship

Jointly sponsored by the UTA Alumni Association and the Student Affairs Division, this scholarship provides support for deserving and academically promising first-generation college students who are entering freshmen or new transfers to UTA. Freshmen must have minimums of 900 SAT/19 ACT or ranking in the top 25% of the graduating high school class. Transfer students are required to have an overall GPA of 3.0 on a minimum of 24 hours. Demonstrated community service is also a factor in awarding this $1,000 per year scholarship. Renewals require a minimum UTA GPA of 2.75 on 24 hours completed during the fall and spring semesters.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Shalyn & Al Clark Academic Achievement Scholarship

Established by entrepreneurs and active community supporters, Shalyn and Al Clark, the Shalyn and Al Clark Academic Achievement Scholarship is a need-based scholarship supporting first-generation students. Sophomores who excel academically in the freshman year and who enter UT Arlington without a general scholarship will be eligible to apply. Learn more about Shalyn & Al Clark Academic Achievement Scholarship

Scholarship & Financial Aid Shirlee J. and Taylor Gandy First Generation Scholarship

The Shirlee J. and Taylor Gandy First Generation Scholarship is designed to provide support to rising UT Arlington sophomores on the basis of merit and financial need. Preference will be given to first-generation students who have achieved a minimum UTA GPA of 3.0 during the freshman year. Learn more about Shirlee J. and Taylor Gandy First Generation Scholarship

Scholarship & Financial Aid Simmons-Blackwell Scholarship

Tom and Linda Simmons, classes of 1972 and 1977, respectively, established this award to encourage first generation college students. Applicants must have completed less than 90 hours, must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and must have demonstrated financial need. Learn more about Simmons-Blackwell Scholarship

Scholarship & Financial Aid James D. Spaniolo First Generation Scholarship Endowment

Established to honor UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo’s commitment to college awareness and accessibility, the James D. Spaniolo First Generation Scholarship will be awarded for the first time for 2013-2014. Qualified applicants must be entering freshmen with minimum test scores of 1050 SAT/22 ACT or rank in the top 25% of the high school class or new college transfer students with a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 3.0 on a minimum of 24 college transfer hours. Financial need will be a consideration. Learn more about James D. Spaniolo First Generation Scholarship Endowment

First-Year Experience & Transition FIRST for First Generation College Students

FIRST is part of the University College success series. It is an innovative, hands-on workshop that covers time management, study skills, stress management, learning styles, major exploration,and more. Designed especially for first-generation college students, FIRST combines transitional support with an in-depth exploration of all that the university has to offer you. Topics covered will include success skills, cultural awareness, building leadership skills, learning more about financial aid, and examining the transition into college. FIRST is designed to provide first-generation college students the tools they need to manage their college experience, the support to work through the stress of being the first from your family in college, and the words to explain the experience to those who may not understand the expectations that the university has of you. Learn more about FIRST for First Generation College Students

Student Diversity

  • 30,633
  • 40/60
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 11%
  • 15%
    Black or African American
  • 25%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 40%
  • 1%
    Two or more races
  • 1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 12%

Student Success

  • 71%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 46%
    Six-year graduation
  • 46%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 41%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 11%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,086
    Full-time faculty
  • 254
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 20:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Engineering Architecture Nursing Business Education

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Arabic Language and Culture Organziation (ALCO) Bilingual Education Student Organization (B.E.S.O.) Delta Alpha Omega Multicultural Fraternity Inc. (ΔΑΩ) Delta Alpha Sigma Multicultural Sorority, Inc. (ΔΑΣ) Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority, Inc. (ΔΞΝ) EXCEL Campus Activities (EXCEL) Indian Cultural Council National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity (ΣΛΒ) Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)


Cost of Attendance

  • $7,350
  • $7,350
    In-state Tuition
  • $2,266
    Required Fees
  • $8,397
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $6,892,930
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $12,535
    Average aid package
  • $21,456
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 1213%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 65%
    Students with financial need
  • 85%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 54%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 7%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 11,196
    # of applicants
  • 64%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 23
    ACT Composite
  • 460—590
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 490—610
    SAT Math
  • 440—560
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • Rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • $60
    Application Fee
  • $60
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • Rolling
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • Rolling
    Early action application closing date