Located 1 mile south of Plano is the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). UTD is a young and innovative Research University that is known for science, engineering, mathematics, and business. The school emerged in 1969 as Texas Instrument founders foresaw a need for scientific and engineering talent. Today, UTD has approximately 23,000 students and offers 136 academic programs, including 87 master and doctoral degree programs.
The University of Texas at Dallas is an innovative institution in the heart of North Texas on the path to achieving Tier One national research university status. The University continues its original commitment to providing some of the state's most-lauded science and engineering programs and has also gained prominence for a breadth of educational paths, from criminology to biomedical engineering to arts and technology.
The wealth of learning resources available to UT Dallas students is the result of a concentrated effort to attract the top minds on both ends of the classroom relationship. Joining the faculty's Nobel laureate and 4 National Academies members since 2005 are more than 200 tenure and tenure-track professors hailing from the world's best colleges, including Harvard, MIT, Cambridge and Columbia University. In addition, UT Dallas is home to more than 50 centers, labs and institutes that facilitate research and opportunities for hands-on learning.
Students, meanwhile, arrive at UT Dallas well-prepared to succeed in higher education: In 2011, nearly 39% of freshmen ranked in the top 10% of their high school class, and 75% ranked in the top 25%.