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The University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Arlington seal.svg
Former names
Arlington College (1895-1902)
Carlisle Military Academy (1901-1913)
Arlington Training School (1913-1916)
Arlington Military Academy (1916-1917)
Grubb’s Vocational College (1917-1923)
North Texas Agricultural College (1923-1949)
Arlington State College (1949-1967)
Motto Disciplina Praesidium Civitatis (Latin)
Motto in English
"The cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy"
Type Public research university
Established 1895; 127 years ago (1895)
Parent institution
University of Texas System
Academic affiliations
Endowment $211 million (2021)
President Jennifer Evans-Cowley
Academic staff
Students 45,949 (Fall 2021)
Undergraduates 32,962 (Fall 2021)
Postgraduates 12,987 (Fall 2021)
Location , ,
United States
Campus Large City, 420 acres (1.7 km2)
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Colors      Blue
Nickname Mavericks
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division ISun Belt (WAC in July 2022)
Mascot Blaze the Bronco
University of Texas at Arlington logo.svg

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA or UT Arlington) is a public research university in Arlington, Texas. The university was founded in 1895 and was in the Texas A&M University System for several decades until joining The University of Texas System in 1965.

The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity." The fall 2021 campus enrollment consisted of 45,949 studentsmaking it the largest university in North Texas and fourth-largest in Texas. UT Arlington is the third-largest producer of college graduates in Texas and offers over 180 baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs.

UT Arlington participates in 15 intercollegiate sports as a Division I member of the NCAA and Sun Belt Conference. UTA sports teams have been known as the Mavericks since 1971.

Notable people

University leaders

Presidents, deans, and other heads of UT Arlington and its predecessor institutions:

  • Lee Morgan Hammond and William H. Trimble, Arlington College, 1895–1898
  • Lee Morgan Hammond, Arlington College, 1898–1900
  • W. W. Franklin, Arlington College, 1900–1902
  • James M. Carlisle, Carlisle Military Academy, 1902–1913
  • Henry Kirby Taylor, Arlington Training School, 1913–1916
  • John B. Dodson, Arlington Military Academy, 1916–1917
  • Myron L. Williams, Dean, Grubbs Vocational College and North Texas Agricultural College (NTAC), 1917–1925
  • Edward Everett Davis, Dean, NTAC, 1925–1946
  • Ernest H. Hereford, PhD, Dean, NTAC, 1946–1948, and President, Arlington State College (ASC), 1948–1958
  • Jack R. Woolf, PhD, President, ASC and UT Arlington (UTA), 1959–1968
  • Frank Harrison, PhD, President, UTA, 1968–1972
  • Wendell Nedderman, PhD, President, UTA, 1972–1992
  • Ryan C. Amacher, PhD, President, UTA, 1992–1995
  • Robert E. Witt, PhD, President, UTA, 1995–2003
  • Charles A. Sorber, PhD, Interim President, UTA, 2003–2004
  • James D. Spaniolo, M.P.A., J.D., President, UTA, 2004–2013
  • Vistasp Karbhari, PhD, President, UTA, 2013–2020
  • Teik C. Lim, Interim President, UTA, 2020–2022
  • Jennifer Evans-Crowley, President, UTA, 2022-present


  • Kalpana Chawla, first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space
  • Pat Choate, American economist, 1996 Reform Party candidate for Vice President
  • Waded Cruzado, educator, the 12th president of Montana State University
  • Roland G. Fryer Jr., educator, Professor of Economics at Harvard University
  • Caitlin Glass, voice actress
  • Marjorie Herrera Lewis, author
  • Lou Diamond Phillips, actor and director
  • R. Byron Pipes, educator, researcher in polymer sciences and the seventeenth president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Doug Russell, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in three different events
  • Robert L. Stewart, astronaut and first active-duty U.S. Army soldier to make a spaceflight
  • Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed, businessman, politician and Advisor to the Government of Bangladesh on Information and Communication Technology

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