Our Steps to Tier One

Vision articulated into a plan results in plenty of ambitious goals at UT Dallas. Read about what we will accomplish in the next few years.

Increase Our Endowment

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.


Hire More Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

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.

Trends in Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Numbers

Attract More Research Funds

Expending more than $100 million per year in research is generally considered to signify Tier One status. UT Dallas reported record annual research expenditures of $98.6 million in fiscal 2015—more than double the expenditures of 2005 and a key indicator of the University’s progress toward joining the ranks of the nation’s top research universities.


Research Funds


PhD Projection

Produce More Doctoral Graduates

In the 2014-15 academic year, UT Dallas had 202 doctoral graduates.

We anticipate graduating 240 PhD candidates by 2020.

Producing 200 doctoral graduates per year is one of the criteria for accessing the National Research University Fund, established by the state of Texas to help emerging research universities achieve national prominence as major research universities.

External Recognition of Scholarly Attainment

Phi Kappa Phi Logo

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.

High-Quality Freshman Classes

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.

SAT Scores
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Strategic Plan Update

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.

Strategic Plan for Meeting National Research University Criteria PDF