Frequently Asked Questions

What is seekUT?

Launched in 2014, seekUT is a free, online tool and website that presents data on the earnings and educational outcomes for the University of Texas System graduates. By using seekUT, students can access the median earnings of UT graduates working full time – by degree level in 350 areas of study – one, five, and 10 years after graduation, alongside median student loan debt. They can also see the debt-to-income ratio – the estimated monthly loan payment as a percentage of gross monthly income.

What does "seekUT" stand for?

search + earnings + employment = knowledge

Where do the data come from?

seekUT was developed by the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis using data obtained through partnerships with United States Census Bureau's Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The data on earnings of UT degree recipients are the result of linking UT System data with the Unemployment Insurance (UI) wage record data. Additionally, seekUT incorporates data from the National Student Clearinghouse, the Texas Workforce Commission’s Labor Market and Career Information, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. More information on the data and methodology is available on the About the Data page.

Are data from all UT System institutions included?

Yes. Related data from all UT System academic and health institutions are included.

Academic Institutions:

  • UT Arlington
  • UT Austin
  • UT Dallas
  • UT El Paso
  • UT Permian Basin
  • UT Rio Grande Valley
  • UT San Antonio
  • Stephen F. Austin State University*
  • UT Tyler

*Stephen F. Austin State University joined UT System in 2023. Its data will be included starting in fall 2024.

Health Institutions:

  • UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • UT Medical Branch at Galveston
  • UT Health Science Center at Houston
  • UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Is seekUT just for students?

Not at all. Parents of students, who are selecting a college and major, are especially interested since seekUT combines salary information with average student debt by major, providing parents with a realistic debt-to-income ratio for 10 years down the line. seekUT data is also beneficial to academic advisers, career services professionals, high school guidance counselors, and program administrators who are responsible for program accreditation. Other primary stakeholders include legislators, policy and decision-makers at all levels, UT institutions, and academic and administrative leaders.

Is seekUT only for undergraduates?

seekUT’s companion tool—seekUT+grad—offers salaries for graduates with master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees. It also gives a special look at medical degrees: comparing UT System debt to average public medical debt; information on tuition and fees and total cost of attendance; and types of industries where UT medical graduates work.

How do you determine median first-year earnings or average student loan debt?

Please see the About the Data page for a detailed methodology.

What do the abbreviations stand for?

  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
  • Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD)
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
  • Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
  • Texas Workforce Commission's Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI)
  • Unemployment Insurance (UI)

How can I find more information about UT institutions?

Visit the UT System Academic and Health Institutions webpage on the UT System website.

You can find data about UT System institutions on the UT System Dashboard.

How can I find out more information about UT System?

Visit the official UT System website.

In addition to seekUT, the UT System Office of Institutional Research and Analysis developed the UT System Dashboard. You'll find data covering student outcomes, faculty productivity, research and technology, and finance and efficiency for all of its institutions. The UT System Dashboard is another example of how UT System is committed to serving its students and campuses, and to providing accountability and transparency in all areas.