REAL GRADUATES

REAL EARNINGS

REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

Frequently Asked Questions

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)

Where do these data come from?

seekUT was developed by the Office of Strategic Initiatives using data obtained through partnerships with 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 TWC’s 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.

Which UT System institutions are included?

Seven of the academic institutions:
UT Arlington, UT Austin, UT Dallas, UT El Paso, UT Permian Basin, UT San Antonio, and UT Tyler. The eighth academic institution, UTRGV, began enrolling students in fall 2015. Therefore, data are not yet available for this campus.

Five health institutions:
UT Southwestern Medical Center, UT Medical Branch at Galveston, UT Health Science Center at Houston, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. The sixth health institution, UT Health Science Center at Tyler, did not begin enrolling students until fall 2012, and therefore, data are not yet available for this campus.

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

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

How can I find more information about UT institutions?

Check out the Resources page.

How can I find out more information about UT System?

Visit the UT System website.

In addition to seekUT, the UT System Office of Strategic Initiatives 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.