Schools in the local region include the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Southern Methodist University. UT Dallas, UNT, and UT Arlington are all ranked as Tier I doctoral universities for their levels of research activity.
As a major regional employment center, DFW draws thousands of new graduates from universities in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and others in the Southwest US. In fact, the Census Bureau estimates of the people moving to Dallas-Fort Worth in 2015:
- 81,537 new residents were aged 18-34
- 41,311 new residents already had a Bachelor’s degree
- 23,149 new residents had a Graduate or professional degree