U.S. News Gives UT Dallas High Marks for Diversity, Low Student Debt

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UT Dallas was placed among the best in the nation for diversity and low student debt in the newest rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The management program in the Naveen Jindal School of Management also was named in the 100 best undergraduate business programs.  

A U.S. News & World Report ranking released Wednesday shows UT Dallas is among the top universities in the country when measuring low student debt and rich campus diversity.

The report placed UT Dallas at 140th overall in its evaluation of more than 1,500 four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The University placed 145th in last year’s report.

"Our faculty, staff and students are key to our progression as an academically competitive institution, and this ranking certainly helps validate their efforts and enhances the University’s reputation," said Andrew Blanchard, dean of undergraduate education.

The University was ranked among the top 25 schools in the country for having a low percentage of students carrying debt. Fifty-two percent of the undergraduate class of 2014 graduated without any debt. Among the students who did borrow, the average debt at graduation was $19,884. UT Dallas was one of two Texas universities listed among the 25, with the University of Houston also included.

The Naveen Jindal School of Management also was featured in the report with its management program ranking among the 100 best undergraduate business programs in the nation. Results are based on surveys of business school deans and senior faculty who were asked to rate the quality of programs they were familiar with.

The Jindal School’s online graduate business program ranked No. 2 and its online MBA program at No. 6. in last year’s U.S. News Best Online Programs rankings.

"For the last several years, we have been working to build our undergraduate programs by focusing on developing undergraduate students with strong credentials both academically and professionally," said Dr. Varghese Jacob, senior associate dean of the Jindal School.

“In addition to offering classes taught by nationally recognized faculty, we have encouraged our students to join student organizations, and provided them opportunities to participate in case competitions as well as in mentorship and internship programs. This ranking reinforces what we are attempting to do is working.”

UT Dallas also ranked high for its ethnic diversity. U.S. News put the University among the top 25 most ethnically diverse undergraduate student populations in the country.

Used to identify schools where students are “most likely to encounter undergraduates from a different ethnic group from their own,” the report gave UT Dallas a score of 0.70 on its Diversity Index — the highest possible score being 1.0. Among national universities, the highest score in the report was 0.76 for Rutgers.

U.S. News measured the proportion of minority students and the general combination of ethnic groups at each institution for the 2014-2015 school year, excluding international students.  

Media Contact: The Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].