Proof Points

Academic Value

Research & Innovation

  • Designated a Carnegie “R1” Very High Research Activity. Only the Top 3% in research production among the nation’s 4,300 colleges and universities.
  • Top 10 in the past decade in research expenditure growth among Carnegie R1 public universities
  • Top 15 most innovative public university in S. News & World Report’s annual rankings
  • $1 billion in research expenditures in the last five years; $246M in 2021.
  • Top 20 for patents among U.S. public universities

Upward Mobility

  • We are a Hispanic Serving Institution and a Minority Serving Institution focused on making sure every student succeeds
  • Top producer in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minorities (Diverse Issues in Higher Ed.)
    • 1 in awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanics
    • Top 10 in awarding bachelor’s degrees to African Americans
  • Top 5 in social mobility in S. News & World Report’s annual rankings
  • Our Pell Grant-eligible students (who account for more than half of our undergraduate population) graduate at a higher rate than their classmates.


  • Top 5 in student enrollment