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The University of Texas System is the second largest public university system in the United States, with eight academic universities, six health institutions and a fall 2015 enrollment of more than 221,000. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees, educates two-thirds of the state’s health care professionals annually and accounts for almost 70 percent of all research funds awarded to public universities in Texas.

The UT System has an annual operating budget of $15.6 billion (FY2015) including $3.1 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. With more than 90,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.

The UT System received over $1.1 billion in federal research funding in FY2015 alone. Federal dollars support work at all 14 UT System institutions in basic and applied research. Recent research highlights from across the UT System include:

The impact of federal research funding doesn't stop in the laboratory. According to the Texas Comptroller, every $1 in federal research funding brought to Texas has an economic impact of $5.00 statewide. In FY2014, the UT System was responsible for 830 new invention disclosures, 209 U.S. patents, 163 licenses and options, 27 start-up companies and $57 million in total gross revenue from intellectual property.

The ongoing implementation of the Framework for Advancing Excellence has contributed to such exciting developments as the authorization of a new university and school of medicine in South Texas and the creation of a fully online bachelor's degree completion program.