A Tier One Research University

UTSA and the Carnegie R1 Classification

In February 2022, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education designated UTSA as an R1 institution, placing us among the top 4% of research universities in the nation.

What it means to be Top Tier

The Carnegie R1 designation is synonymous with academic and research excellence

Every five years, Carnegie announces the names of a limited number of universities nationwide that have demonstrated substantial progress in their research efforts. The criteria for reaching the R1 classification include measures such as research spending, staff levels and the number of doctorates awarded by an institution.

R1 universities have a greater ability to attract world-class faculty members and the talented undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who want to learn from them.

It's long been said that when UTSA becomes Tier One, San Antonio becomes Tier One
– Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of San Antonio

What others are saying

Solving grand challenges

UTSA's researchers are tackling the challenges that impact our daily lives, from Alzheimer’s to cyber privacy. R1 universities attract new businessesresearch dollarsworld-class faculty members and the talented students who want to learn from them, resulting in more discoveries to help you and the ones you love.

About our groundbreaking research at UTSA

How it sets UTSA apart

Achieving R1 status reinforces UTSA's rapid trajectory as a premier public research university and a driver of economic opportunity and social mobility for Texas. The designation puts UTSA in the company of Texas's top research institutions and—based on Carnegie's analysis—aligns us nationally with Case Western Reserve University, Rice University, Tufts University and the University of California at Santa Cruz

R1 Schools in Texas

  • UT-Austin
  • UT-Dallas
  • UT-Arlington
  • UT-El Paso
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Houston
  • University of North Texas
  • Rice University
  • Baylor University

Elevating UTSA's distinctiveness

  • UTSA is ONE OF 20 universities designated as both Hispanic Serving Institutions & Top Tier

  • UTSA is ONE OF SIX Tier One universities to hold three National Centers of Academic Excellence from the National Security Agency & Dept. of Homeland Security

  • UTSA is ONE OF TEN Tier One universities to have the Seal of Excelencia for Latino student success

Carnegie R1 is a historic waypoint on our trajectory to transform UTSA into one of the nation’s great public research universities.

Taylor Eighmy, UTSA President
More on what R1 means for UTSA
President Eighmy

How we got here

Earning the Carnegie R1 designation is a significant milestone in UTSA’s vision to become a model for student success and a great public research university. To earn the designation, UTSA increased its annual research expenditures, expanded its pipeline of doctoral students, garnered national recognition for its researchers and added National Academy members to its faculty.

UTSA’s research enterprise has grown tremendously. Over the past five years, the institution’s research expenditures have steadily increased by 106% from $68 million in FY 2017 to $140 million in FY 2021. UTSA’s faculty have been awarded significant funding grants in the last five years – over 300 every year – and was a significant factor in Carnegie attainment.

At the same time, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development played a key role in expanding the knowledge enterprise and leveraging new avenues to support local communities and small businesses with collaborative research approaches. These combined efforts have led to $2.9 billion in direct economic impact for San Antonio.

What Tier One means for you

San Antonio Community

  • Increases local talent. Tier One institutions attract the world's brightest minds to study, work and live in San Antonio.
  • Addresses ‘brain drain’. San Antonio students no longer need to leave home to pursue a graduate degree from an R1 institution.
  • Boosts economic development. Tier One institutions bring new talent and business to Texas, diversifying our economy and helping to drive the state’s economic development.

Research Partners and Higher Ed Peers

  • Opens new collaborative opportunities. Our new designation can help facilitate research collaborations, joint funding applications and research exchanges.
  • Increases the value of your partnership investments. The R1 designation serves as an additional endorsement of the high caliber of research produced at the university.

UTSA Students, Alumni & Faculty

  • Improves your degree value. Your UTSA degree is now seen as more valuable to prospective employers and graduate schools.
  • Increases your choices. Previously students had to leave San Antonio to seek a graduate degree from a Tier One institution. Now they can pursue a degree from one of the top research universities in the nation right here in San Antonio.
  • Sets you apart professionally. Your affiliation with an R1 university enhances your professional reputation and puts you in touch with the most recent trends in your field.
  • Elevates your stature in the scholarly community. For faculty and graduate students, affiliation with an R1 university recognizes your role in advancing human knowledge, contributing to your discipline and creating solutions to societal problems.

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