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Methodology, Definitions, Notes, & Sources

UT System Institutions

Academic Campuses

UTA UT Arlington
Austin UT Austin
UTB UT Brownsville
UTD UT Dallas
UTPA UT Pan American
UTPB UT Permian Basin
UTRGV UT Rio Grande Valley
UTSA UT San Antonio
UTT UT Tyler

Health Campuses

UTSWMC UT Southwestern Medical Center
UTMB UT Medical Branch at Galveston
UTHSCH UT Health Science Center at Houston
UTHSCSA UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
UTMDA UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
UTHSCT UT Health Science Center at Tyler
Note: The UT Brownsville (UTB) and UT Pan American (UTPA) campuses closed at the end of AY 2015. UT Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) began enrolling students in Fall 2015.




* Items related to a specific metric(s) for which there is a separate page with more detail

† Links to an external website

All other linked abbreviations go to general notes/definitions below

General Notes & Definitions

All Academics. Generally includes all 9 academic institutions unless otherwise noted.


Admissions Test Scores. SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT. 25th and 75th percentile and average.


Baseline Comparison Group (BCG). The baseline groupings in the dashboard provide comparison groups unique to each academic institution. Each baseline group is similar to a UT institution in baseline characteristics such as size, student/faculty characteristics, academic programs, and research emphases. The Office of Strategic Initiatives used nationally recognized best-practice statistical methodology to identify these baseline groups for each academic university. Find out more about the BCG and benchmarking.




Cohort. A group of students. Most often, it refers to an entering class of students who are first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates.


Comprehensive Universities (CUs). Focused primarily on teaching undergraduates, award few or no doctoral degrees, and have smaller amounts of research expenditures. Basic Carnegie Classification of Master's Universities (Medium or Larger). Includes UTB, UTPA, UTPB, and UTT.


Coordinated Admissions Program (CAP). Developed by The University of Texas System to expand the admission options available to students interested in enrolling at UT Austin. CAP students begin as freshmen at another UT System university and may transfer to UT Austin to complete their studies if they successfully complete program requirements. Related: Graduation Rates.


Degrees Awarded.


Doctors (MDs) Working in Texas Two Years After Completing Residency Program with UT System.


Earnings. (Post-Graduate Earnings, seekUT)


Emerging Research Universities (ERUs). These institutions have a growing research enterprise and an expanding focus on graduate students. They have Basic Carnegie Classification of Research Universities with High Research activity. ERUs are designated by THECB. There are seven in Texas, including UTA, UTD, UTEP, and UTSA. Find out more about Emerging Research Universities.


Employed and/or Enrolled. Baccalaureate Graduates




Enrollment. Headcount and FTE


Faculty. Headcount and FTE.


Funding Trends. Tuition and fee revenue, state appropriations, and non-operational revenue.


Graduation Rates.


Gross Revenue from Intellectual Property (IP).


Intellectual Property (IP). Gross Revenue from.


Level (Enrollment).


Licensure Pass Rates. Engineering, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, etc.


Medical School Average Tuition and Fees.


Other Academic Campuses (OAC). Generally includes all academic institutions except for UT Austin, unless otherwise noted.


Patient Care Net Revenue.


Post-Graduation Success.


Published Price (IPEDS).




Research Expenditures. Research Expenditures per FTE T/TT Faculty.


Revenue (see Funding Trends)


seekUT. About the earnings and workforce data on seekUT.


Semester Credit Hours, Proportion of Undergraduate SCH by Faculty Status


STEM+Health Degrees.


Student / Faculty Ratio. FTE Student per FTE Faculty, compared to peers.


Student / Advisor Ratio. Undergraduate Students per Professional Academic Advisor.


Time to Degree. By field. Average number of semesters enrolled and average number of credits attempted.


Teaching Load Credits.


Technology Transfer.


Tuition and Fees (IPEDS). Published price for first-time, full-time undergraduates. see also Medical School Tuition and Fees.


Workforce Data (Earnings).