Big Thinking

UT Dallas is poised at the beginning of a new era, positioned to become the national research university of our founders vision. Our success is critical to the economic vitality and competitiveness of the region and Texas.

NSERL Building

Our vision is to be one of the nation’s best public research universities and one of the great universities of the world. This will mean:

Graduating more scientists, engineers and other highly trained individuals, many of whom will stay in this area.
Generating more research discoveries that lead to patents, startup companies and jobs.
Expanding partnerships with area schools, civic organizations and local government agencies to share critically needed expertise in addressing community challenges.
Promoting North Texas as a leading high-tech region and a great place to live and work.
Expand Academic Program Variety

Since 2005, UT Dallas has added 39 new academic programs. We are considering plans to add new programs in such diverse areas as biophysics, communications, urban planning and policy, and chemical, environmental and civil engineering. These new programs won’t just benefit new students enrolled in them; a greater variety of faculty and courses will become available to all of our students as a result.


Research at the Undergrad Level

UT Dallas is committed to providing undergraduates with genuine, hands-on research opportunities, such as those experienced in the Clark Summer Research Program. Also, read about our students’ work in The Exley, a journal that showcases undergraduate research.

Why It Matters

Among the nation’s 10 most economically productive cities, the Dallas-Fort Worth area holds the distinction of being the only one without a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Major urban research universities are economic engines for growth. The research dollars they attract lead to new startup companies, venture capital investment and jobs in high-paying fields.


Hire Top Faculty

High-caliber faculty are the essence of top-tier research universities. UT Dallas is addressing the deficit in Texas by hiring top faculty in science, engineering, mathematics, business and other high-need areas for the North Texas region.


Keep Top Talent in Texas

Each year, Texas exports a total of 19,389 high school graduates to four-year universities in other states. To help reverse the flow, the UT Dallas plan builds student enrollment from about 24,500 today to 30,000 in 10 years.

Brain Drain

Create High-Paying Jobs and Start-Up Companies in D-FW

States with Tier One universities attract smart, innovative risk-takers who start new companies and create new jobs. The high-tech companies listed here have one thing in common: They are all in metropolitan areas that have at least one AAU university.

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Encourage Venture Capital Investment in D-FW

Cities that are home to great research universities benefit in ways that the Dallas-Fort Worth area currently does not. The role of venture capital may appear small, at just $49.3 billion a year in the $17.4 trillion U.S. economy. But consider this:

  • 11% of all U.S. jobs are at VC-backed companies.
  • 21% of GDP comes from VC-backed companies.
  • Software, life sciences and clean technology have been the recent top sectors for investment.
  • In 2014, California, Massachusetts, New York, Washington and Texas were the top venture capital states, attracting 68% of the dollars invested nationally.

Venture Capital

  • The correlation among great research universities, top scientific talent, federal research funds and venture capital is striking.
  • Massachusetts has one-fourth the population of Texas but receives more than triple the venture capital investment.
  • Within Texas, Austin typically attracts more venture capital than D-FW, Houston and San Antonio combined. Why? Simple: It has a world‑class research university working in strong collaboration with local businesses and venture capitalists.

The Venture Development Center at UT Dallas is integral to our vision of new investments in the D-FW area.

Honor our Founders’ Vision

Beginning in 1930, Cecil Green, Erik Jonsson and Eugene McDermott grew the startup Geophysical Services Inc. into the innovative business now known as Texas Instruments. All three men were passionate about education. In 1961, they sought to address the significant shortage of engineers and scientists in North Texas by creating the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest. Their vision was to create an institute of higher learning not unlike MIT, where excellence is expected in the sciences, mathematics, engineering and management. In 1969, they donated their institute and its 1,000-acre campus to The University of Texas System, creating UT Dallas.

“Research is an investment in the economy that pays off with innovation, leadership and jobs. Those who innovate well are going to do well — its that simple. Weve got some great opportunities in front of us in terms of innovation. Its time for university leaders and industry to work collaboratively and secure federal investment to make it happen. UT Dallas is on the path to becoming Tier One, and Texas Instruments is proud to support this effort.”

Rich Templeton
Chairman, President and CEO
Texas Instruments