From Unofficial Guide to UTSW
Dallas - Live Large, Think Big!
Being the 8th largest city and part of the 4th largest metropolitan area in the United States, Dallas covers about 343 square miles with a population of about 1.2 million. The ultra modern and sophisticated city attracts worldwide travelers, making the area the Number 1 visitor destination in Texas.
Dallas is located in the area known as North Texas and within a 4-hour flight of most North American destinations. DFW International Airport is the world's 3rd busiest airport with about 1,800 flights per day. Also, Dallas Love Field Airport is very conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown and 5 minutes from UT Southwestern. Once here, visitors can ride one of the fastest-growing light rail systems in the nation as well as the historic (and free) McKinney Avenue Trolley from the Dallas Arts District through Uptown and stop at many popular restaurants, pubs, boutique hotels and shops.
Throughout Dallas and the Metroplex, you can enjoy the best shopping in the Southwest, the largest urban arts district in the nation, 13 entertainment districts, four-and-five diamond hotels (as well as many affordable hotels) and restaurants, and much more that would take much longer to list!
Also, Dallas is home to many professional sports teams including the Dallas Cowboys, Mavericks, Stars, and Texas Rangers. In nearby Arlington lies the new home of the Cowboys - Cowboys Stadium - which is the largest domed stadium in the world and has the world's largest High-Definition Television Screen. Everything really is bigger in Texas!
Dallas is also a leading business and convention/meeting city. In 2009, 25 area companies were named Fortune 500 Companies including Exxon Mobil, AT&T, Southwest Airlines, JCPenney, and Texas Instruments. Only New York City and Houston are home to most Fortune 500 companies.
Dallas truly exhibits the spirit of a city built on big dreams, freshly blazed trails and an attitude that all things are possible. The people of Dallas have a pioneering spirit and the notion that with perseverance and hard work nothing can stand in the way of them and their goals.
The students, faculty, and staff of UT Southwestern have continually exhibited these same characteristics throughout its history since its inception in the 1940s. UT Southwestern ranks in the top 10 institutions in the world for medical research and is one of the premier academic medical institutions in the world, selectively accepting approximately 230 medical students each year.