The University of Texas at Dallas

University of Texas at Dallas

WORLD RANK

2012-13
167

Richardson, United States

Region: North America

  • Overall score
    49.5
  • Teaching
    32.6
  • International outlook
    46.8
  • Industry income
    40.0
  • Research
    32.2
  • Citations
    85.2

A message from The University of Texas at Dallas

Founded in 1969, The University of Texas at Dallas has evolved into one of the top research institutions in Texas, and its programs in engineering and the biomedical sciences have gained national attention. With an enrollment of 21,193, UT Dallas offers students the close-knit community of a small university with excellent student-faculty ratios of 22:1. However, UT Dallas is also backed by the powerful UT System and is aligned strategically with other institutions to offer advanced research opportunities traditionally found at larger institutions. 

About 64% of UTD pre-med students are admitted to medical schools, compared to an average national admission rate of 45%. In addition, 89% of students advised through the Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center were admitted to one or more law schools.

As a young, agile and rapidly growing university, The University of Texas at Dallas attracts a unique combination of student and faculty resources to the vibrant, dynamic and globally connected Dallas-Fort Worth area. UT Dallas is ranked in the top 100 by Kiplinger's and in the top 75 by The Princeton Review as a best value among public universities, and Times Higher Education ranks UT Dallas as #15 among the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years of age.

UT Dallas consistently draws a high caliber of student. The average entering freshman SAT for fall 2013 was 1261. Nearly 38% of freshmen ranked in the top 10% of their high school class, with 71% in the top 25%. UT Dallas is ranked among the top 100 American universities in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled, and the University confers a higher percentage of science, engineering and business degrees (86%) than all other Texas public doctoral-granting institutions combined (59%).

 

Location and Environment
UT Dallas is located in suburban Richardson, Texas, a prime location that places the University in the second largest state and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the nation. Because of the two local airports, Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Dallas area is an international destination. Richardson, known as The Telecom Corridor, is home to diverse global technology-based companies. 

Off-Campus Opportunities
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is one of the nation's largest urban areas, with shopping, entertainment venues, five major sports teams, museums and art galleries, and places for outdoor running, biking, hiking and skating. Area attractions include the Fort Worth Stockyards, the Dallas and Fort Worth zoos, Fair Park, the Dallas World Aquarium, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Kimbell and Amon Carter museums and the Dallas Arts District. Major sports teams include the Dallas Cowboys and their $1.2 billion stadium, the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, the Texas Rangers and the soccer team FC Dallas. Dallas's vibrant music scene covers the spectrum-rock, jazz, blues, country, classical and more. 

To get to all these venues, the University offers free DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) gold passes to students, giving unlimited access to buses, light rail and the University's own Comet Cruiser line that runs to local businesses and grocery stores near campus. 

Academic Programs

The University of Texas at Dallas offers more than 130 academic programs across its seven schools. Undergraduate degrees include:

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • American Studies
  • Art and Performance
  • Arts and Technology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Child Learning and Development
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Emerging Media and Communication
  • Finance
  • Geosciences
  • Geospatial Information Sciences
  • Global Business
  • Healthcare Studies
  • Historical Studies 
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Political Economy
  • Literary Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Affairs
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Telecommunications Engineering

Freshman Year Experience

To help students with the transition to college life, UT Dallas offers two-day orientation programs that include the option to stay overnight in the Freshman Residence Hall. New students are advised on mastering their courses, meeting new friends and learning about advisors. Freshman Convocation, held the day before fall classes begin, provides an official welcome ceremony for all incoming students. 

Honors Programs

The University offers a four-year comprehensive program for outstanding students, known as Collegium V. Collegium V includes special seminar-style classes offered by selected University professors as well as a program of extracurricular activities designed to encourage and reward exceptional academic achievement. Each of the University's seven schools also offers qualified students the opportunity to participate in an honors program within their discipline.

Study Abroad

As a research-focused university, UT Dallas helps students seeking study abroad opportunities. Faculty and staff actively help students identify and apply for competitive programs with prestigious international universities. Students secure opportunities as varied as their interests. They have worked with an international research team in Ireland studying Lou Gehrig's disease, conducted a study on cognition and depression in Scotland, and collected public policy data in Zimbabwe. Faculty also lead travel study experiences, using the world as their classroom.


Campus Facilities and Equipment

ATEC

The Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building is a 155,000-square-foot facility which houses programs in arts and technology, visual arts and emerging media and communication, as well as a 1,200-seat lecture hall.

NSERL

The Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory (NSERL) includes a nanoelectronics materials laboratory. The four-story, 192,000-square-foot, $85 million state-of-the-art facility draws faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from all disciplines around the world.

Activity Center

Students are able to work out on the latest equipment and participate in athletics and recreational sports. The University's Activity Center features a gym; racquetball, squash and basketball courts; a rock climbing wall; and a 25-yard indoor swimming pool. 

Career Center

The Career Center offers a variety of services for students during all stages of their job search. Licensed professional career counselors provide career assessments and mock interview training. A full-time resume editor helps prepare resumes and cover letters, business communications and personal statements. The center also has career workshops and an online job-search database, and helps students find internships for the summer or school year. Because DFW is one of the nation's busiest and fastest growing business regions, UT Dallas graduates are highly recruited by leading local and national companies and receive prestigious graduate fellowships, scholarships and advanced research opportunities. Nearly all of the Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the DFW area recruit UT Dallas students. More than 84% of a recent UT Dallas graduating class reported employment or continuing education upon graduation. Recent graduates have received job offers from corporations that included Amazon, Citigroup, Exxon Mobil, Hewlett Packard, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Texas Instruments and Xerox.

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center is part of the Office of Undergraduate Education and is a portal to educational enhancement and success. Our student success team members make every attempt to help students achieve their academic goals, whether it is through individualized tutoring, peer-led team learning, supplemental instruction or coordinated group study. Services include a math lab, writing center, and testing center. Success coaches help with time management, navigating the University and personalized plans for studying.

Tuition, Room, Board, and Fees

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Note: For residents of Oklahoma, tuition is the Texas resident rate shown plus $30 per semester credit hour.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students based on financial need, residency status and other criteria specific to the scholarship program. UT Dallas participates in all federal and state need-based financial aid programs, including grants, loans and work study.

All first-time college freshman undergraduates are considered for an Academic Excellence Scholarship Award, which range from $3,000 per semester up to complete coverage of tuition and fees.

The Guaranteed Tuition Plan is designed to help new students and their families better plan for the cost of a college education. It gives students a four-year, locked-in rate on up to 15 credit hours per semester.

The Tuition Promise dedicates resources to cover the tuition and mandatory fees for newly enrolling students whose families earn $25,000 or less annually and who meet other specific qualifications. 

Transfer students are considered for scholarship awards based on incoming transfer GPA and membership in organizations such as Phi Theta Kappa.

Scholarships offered through private sources are available throughout the academic year. Students apply for these types of scholarships through either a University scholarship committee or the specific donor.

McDermott Scholars, selected from top students across the country, have educational expenses - including tuition and fees, and stipends for living expenses, books, travel and post-graduation preparation - covered for four years. They also participate in a wide variety of cultural and educational enrichment experiences in the Dallas area and beyond.

Terry Scholars are Texas students nominated for their leadership potential and academic ability. The scholarships cover a broad range of student expenses over four years of study, including tuition and fees, housing, books and living expenses. Terry Scholars also have access to a broad range of academic, service, cultural, social and leadership opportunities intended to enhance their undergraduate experience.


Student Organizations and Activities


Campus Life

Student organizations sponsor a variety of activities for the campus including service projects and community outreach. With more than 200 registered student organizations at UT Dallas, it is easy for students to get connected. UT Dallas is also home to 20 national Greek-letter fraternities and sororities, 13 competitive athletic teams, and 25 club sports. The School of Arts and Humanities presents an average of 50 artistic, musical and theatrical events a year. The UT Dallas chess team has won state, national and international titles and regularly represents the University in the Final Four of Chess.

Our students' ideas and visions for the University have become reality. From writing the alma mater and the fight song to founding the Greek System, the cheerleading squad, the Power Dancers and the student radio station, to helping design the freshman residence hall and campus dining facility, our students are making a difference.  

Admissions Process

To apply to UT Dallas, all students should submit an application for admission, which is available at Apply Texas. Applicants are required to submit official copies of all past academic transcripts, test scores and other degree specific documentation by the appropriate 
application deadlines to be considered for admission to The University of Texas at Dallas.

Official transcripts in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution may be delivered to the Office of Admission and Enrollment Services, or may be mailed directly from the educational institution. All materials submitted in the process of making application become the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant.

Students in good standing from an accredited high school who have an SAT of 1200 (combined math and critical reading) or higher, a composite ACT score of 26 or greater or are in the top 15% of their high school class will be admitted to UT Dallas.

Application Fees and Deadlines

All fees are non-refundable.

  • The application fee is $50 if your application is submitted on or before the regular application deadline.
  • If you submit your application after the application deadline but prior to the Completed Application Deadline (application and all required documents) the application fee is $125 in order to process your application for decision in time to register for classes.
  • Applicants with international academic documents will be assessed an additional foreign credential evaluation fee of $50.
  • All supporting documents and transcripts, with the exception of courses in progress, must be postmarked by the Completed Application Deadline (see Deadlines for U.S. Citizens and Residents chart below).
  • A new application must be completed and submitted for consideration for any subsequent semester for all incomplete applications after the Documentation Deadline.

Deadlines for U.S. Citizens and Residents
Fall Full-Term                               July 1
Spring Full-Term                          November 1
Summer                                        April 1

International Student Application Fees and Deadlines

All fees are non-refundable.

  • The application fee is $50 if your application is submitted on or before the regular application deadline.
  • If you submit your application after the application deadline but prior to the Completed Application Deadline, the application fee is $125 in order to process your application in time to register for classes.
  • Applicants with international academic documents will be assessed an additional foreign credential evaluation fee of $50.
  • All supporting documents and transcripts, with the exception of courses in progress, must be postmarked by the Completed Application Deadline (see chart below).
  • A new application must be completed and submitted for consideration for any subsequent semester for all incomplete applications after the documentation deadline.


Term                                            Application Deadline
Fall Full-Term                              May 1*
Spring Full-Term                         September 1*
Summer                                       March 1*

Questions related to undergraduate admissions should be addressed to:

Office of Admission and Enrollment Services 
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road - ROC11
Richardson, Texas 75080-3021
Telephone: 00 + 1 + 972-883-2270
Fax: 00 + 1 + 972-883-2599 
Email:  interest@utdallas.edu