The University of Texas System has served Texas for more than 140 years, improving the lives of Texans—and people all over the world—through education, health care and research at 13 academic and health institutions across the state. With an enrollment of more than 244,000 students and an operating budget of $25.2 billion, the UT System is one of the nation’s largest public university systems of higher education in the world.
UT institutions are powerful drivers of economic and social mobility in Texas, producing more than 68,000 degrees annually, including more than one-third of the state’s bachelor’s degrees and more than 60% of the state’s medical degrees. Almost half of all undergraduate degrees are awarded to students who qualified for a Pell grant based on financial need while enrolled at a UT institution. Sixty percent of undergraduates who received need-based financial aid double their parents’ income within five years of earning a UT degree.
More than three-fourths of undergraduate students secure jobs in Texas within a year after graduation, providing a skilled workforce and fueling the state’s economy. In fact, UT students who entered the Texas workforce between 2002 and 2019 had cumulative earnings through 2020 of $350 billion.
The UT System also is one of the largest employers in Texas, with more than 22,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates and members of the National Academies – and more than 116,000 non-faculty employees, including health care professionals, researchers, support staff and student workers.
Creating a healthier Texas is a fundamental mission of UT institutions. Collectively, UT-owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics accounted for more than 10 million outpatient visits and more than 2 million hospital days each year. The UT System is poised to open its seventh medical school in Tyler in 2023.
In addition to world-class patient care, UT researchers are on the front lines of advancing treatments and therapies for deadly and debilitating diseases. Total research spending across the 13 UT institutions exceeds $3.5 billion, and the UT System is No. 1 in Texas and No. 2 in the nation in federal research expenditures among public higher education systems.
With the Texas population expected to grow dramatically in the years to come, the UT System will continue to lead in driving prosperity and health for the people of the Lone Star State.