seekUT is a free, online tool and website that presents data on the earnings and educational graduate outcomes from University of Texas System Institutions. It also offers special reports for graduates, including medical and dental students. Students and their families can use seekUT to help them make informed decisions about their education and their financial future. seekUT offers salary, debt, and jobs data all in one place. The tool is available on iPad and Android tablet devices using the Mobile BI app, and also on a smartphone through seekUTMobile.
By using seekUT, students can access the median earnings of UT graduates working full time in Texas — by degree level in 400 areas of study — 1, 5, 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.
Additionally, seekUT includes program descriptions, average time to degree, and the percentage of graduates who have continued their education beyond the baccalaureate. It shows the industries where graduates are working by area of study, as well as the anticipated job growth in Texas by occupation through 2022.
Starting in 2018, students will be able to access valuable information about post-collegiate outcomes for UT graduates across the country — not just in Texas. A collaboration between UT System and the United States Bureau of the Census will make data — including earnings, region and industry of employment, migration patterns, and career pathways for UT graduates from 2003 to the present — available to seekUT users.
History of seekUT
As traditional revenue streams in higher education have been declining across the country, and the cost of getting an education is increasing, UT System addressed the problem by developing an online resource for students and their families to help them make informed decisions about their academic careers. The seekUT website and complementary online tool were launched in 2014, providing valuable data about employment earnings after graduation, as well as student loan debt, for graduates by degree major.
January 2014. The University of Texas is one of the first systems of higher education in the nation to launch an website that provides salary and debt statistics of actual students 1 year and 5 years after graduation. The seekUT website evolved from recommendations by the Student Debt Reduction Task Force, which was created by UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa to explore potential solutions to the issue of growing student debt. UT System enters into an agreement with the Texas Workforce Commission to share data related to occupational outcomes for students graduating from UT institutions.
August 2014. UT System launchs a new version of seekUT that can be accessed from smartphones.
October 2014. A new version of seekUT — seekUT+grad — launchs to provide data on salaries and debt of alumni who earn graduate and professional degrees.
September 2016. In the first collaboration of its kind, UT System and the United States Census Bureau sign a 10-year partnership agreement that will provide both organizations a more comprehensive picture of degree attainment and how it impacts labor market outcomes. Through the Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program, seekUT can present valuable information about post-collegiate outcomes for UT graduates living across the country — not just in Texas — starting in 2018.
September 2017. UT System launches the newly-designed seekUT website.