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University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas is a collaborative institution with a strong emphasis...

University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas

The University of Texas at Dallas is a collaborative institution with a strong emphasis on research. The University offers a wide range of programs, affording students several opportunities to find their niche. UT Dallas is quickly progressing and turning out students that are well equipped to succeed. 

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
15,575 undergraduate students
82% of undergrad students are full time
57% male — 43% female
4% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
855 full-time faculty
290 part-time faculty
23 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

29% of students live on campus.

Retention Fall 2015

84% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

66% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 18%
Black or African American 6%
White 37%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 29%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%

Study Abroad

There are several different study abroad options available at UT Dallas. Opportunities range from exchange programs to internships. Interested students are invited to check out available programs and submit travel documents to the online portal, Terra Dotta.

Exchange Programs: UT Dallas has several partnerships with international institutions. An exchange occurs when a UT Dallas student studies abroad at a partner university, and a student from that institution comes to study at UT Dallas. Exchange programs offer countless benefits to students. Participants develop cross-cultural communication skills and learn to become independent thinkers in a foreign environment. Some of the exchange programs include:

  • Dublin City University—Dublin, Ireland
  • City University of Honk Kong—Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Universidad de Lima—Lima, Peru
  • University of Sheffield—Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • O.P. Jindal Global University—Sonipat, India

Third Party Study Abroad

Sometimes a student’s desires extend beyond the resources available at UT Dallas. If a student identifies a study abroad program not offered through the school, they can find opportunities through third party providers. Interested students should visit the International Center to acquire more information.

Internships, Independent Study, and Academic Research

On top of study abroad, UT Dallas offers opportunities in international internship, independent study, and academic research. Students interested in pursuing an internship are placed in positions that are directly related to their field of study. Independent study requires students to take control of their abroad experience by pursuing academic work outside of class. All independent study programs must be approved by the department within a student’s major. Finally, students have the chance to conduct academic research abroad. Research is not worth credit, but is funded by UT Dallas.

Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards

The Vice President for Research evaluates undergraduate research and awards students for their original work. All projects are eligible for entry, but every student’s work must be supervised by a faculty member and cover a serious topic within the corresponding area of study. Recipients of this award have the chance to share their work at the Undergraduate Research Poster Contest in the spring. At this event, students have the opportunity to receive additional awards for their work. There are many benefits to undergraduate research:

  • Students gain experience creating their own work
  • Interaction with grad students, faculty and other individuals pursing research
  • Deep exploration of a topic 

Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements

Communication: It is vital that every student graduates as an effective communicator—across all platforms. UT Dallas requires all students to take a minimum of 6 credit hours in courses that strengthen oral, aural, written, and visual literacy skills. Courses within this category focus on areas of:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Personal Responsibility


Mathematics: In order to graduate, every student must take one mathematics course (3 credits). Students will learn about the relationship between numbers and symbols, as well as the foundation of quantitative reasoning. Targeted skills for this areas include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills


Life and Physical Sciences: Students must fulfill 6 credit hours in Life and Physical Science. Courses in this group allow students to explore new ideas and hypotheses through the scientific method. Skills within this group include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills
  • Teamwork


Language, Philosophy, and Culture: Courses within this group focus on the human experience and how it is shaped by culture and society. Students explore how facets of the human condition transcend culture. Targeted skills include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Social Responsibility
  • Personal Responsibility


Creative Arts: Students must commit at least 3 credit hours to exploring the creative arts, and how art has impacted our lives. Through group discussion and analysis, students engage in conversations about artistic expression and appreciation. Skills gained:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Social Responsibility


American History: Students are required to take 6 credit hours of American History, with an optional emphasis on the state of Texas. Topics within these courses include: history of the Civil War, History of Texas, Themes and Ideas in American History, and Civil War and Reconstruction. Targeted skills include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Social Responsibility
  • Personal Responsibility


Government/Political Science: Students must satisfy 6 credit hours within this category. In these courses, students learn about the US constitution, as well as the constitutions of individual states. There is extra emphasis on Texas. Areas of focus:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Social Responsibility
  • Personal Responsibility


Social and Behavioral Sciences:
 These courses explore interaction among humans, and how we learn from one another. Target skills include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills
  • Social Responsibility

Faculty Led/Customized Programs

UT Dallas allows select professors to lead study abroad experiences across a handful of locations. Currently there are five faculty led/customized programs available at UT Dallas. Programs include:

  • Costa Rica Field Trip: Environmental Sustainability & Conservation
  • Municipal Government Management in Seoul, Korea
  • Planning/Providing Humanitarian Audiology Services in Developing Countries: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Regional Management Area Studies: Latin America
  • Summer Study in Northern Italy

Living Learning Communities

LLCs take learning outside of the classroom and into the residence halls. The result is a community of young scholars that can bond over academics and similar interests. UT Dallas offers 6 different living learning communities:

  • Arts and Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Management
  • Pre-Health
  • Social Sciences


UT Dallas recognizes co-ops and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) as existing under the umbrella, “Internship.” In all cases, students apply what they have learned in the classroom to real world experience. In order to be eligible, students must be enrolled at UT Dallas and have a declared major. Students must also have completed at least one semester in school and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Comet Careers, an online student portal, is a great resource for finding and securing positions. But before a student can become an intern, they must first attend an internship information session, report their position to Comet Careers, and make an appointment with a career consultant.


Externships involve job shadowing. When students job shadow, they get a firsthand look at what a career has to offer, as well as the demands of the job. Externships allow participants to gain industry knowledge without a long term commitment. Some of the activities one might experience during an externship include: tours of the facilities, staff meetings, and observation of customer/client interactions. Externships happen over spring break. Interested students should contact a career consultant as early as possible.


Admissions Fall 2015

11,237 Total Applicants 
6,909 Total Admissions 
2,728 Total Freshman Enrollment

61.48% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 560 670
SAT Math 600 700
SAT Writing 520 650
ACT Composite 25 31
ACT Math 26 32
ACT English 24 32
ACT Writing 7 8


Net Price Calculator


Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $10,864 $26,894
Room and Board (on campus) $9,944 $9,944
Room Only $6,336 $6,336
Board Only $3,608 $3,608
Estimated Total On Campus $20,808 $36,838


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

81% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
32% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$14,345 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,604 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates