University of Texas at Dallas

=460 th
US Rankings 2018
201–250 th
World University Rankings 2018
800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas, 75080-3021, United States

About 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 nearly 28,000, UT Dallas offers students a close-knit community with excellent student-faculty ratios of 23:1. 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.

The success of students reflects UT Dallas’ rigorous academic and research focus. Over 70% of UTD pre-med students are admitted to medical schools, compared to an average national admission rate of 40%. In addition, 94% of students advised through the Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center were admitted to one or more law schools.

The vibrant, dynamic and globally connected Dallas-Fort Worth area attracts a wide assortment of students and faculty to UTD. UT Dallas is ranked as a best value university by Kiplinger's and The Princeton Review, and Times Higher Education ranks UT Dallas as #1 in the nation and #21 in the world among the top 200 universities under 50 years of age. UT Dallas consistently attracts top scholars. The average entering freshman SAT for fall 2017 was 1323 a nearly 36% of freshmen ranked in the top 10% of their high school class, with 69% in the top 25%. UT Dallas is ranked among the top 25 American universities in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled.

Location and Environment

Located in Richardson, Texas, UTD is in a prime location that places it in the second largest state and one of the largest metropolitan areas 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, and of the 10 most profitable companies reported by Fortune 500, eight companies or their subsidiaries recruit UT Dallas students.

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 141 academic programs across its eight schools. Undergraduate degrees include:

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

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 more from their advisors. Freshman Convocation, held the day before fall classes begin, provides an official welcome ceremony for all incoming students.

Hobson Wildenthal Honors College

The Hobson Wildenthal Honors College at The University of Texas at Dallas, available to qualified students in each of the University’s schools, houses eight programs dedicated to promoting excellence in undergraduate education. Three programs offer a four-year experience, including the Collegium V Honors Program, the National Merit Scholars Program and the UT Dallas Terry Scholars Program. All programs provide ambitious student scholars the intellectual, social, cultural and financial support necessary for their preparation as future leaders. The remaining five programs in the Honors College enrich the academic experience of matriculated UT Dallas students. The Office of Distinguished Scholarships provides information, guidance and mentoring to students applying for nationally competitive scholarship and fellowship programs.

Study Abroad

UT Dallas encourages 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 in locales such as Costa Rica, South Africa, South Korea and Spain.

Campus Facilities and Equipment

In the past decade approximately four million new or renovated square feet and over $1 billion in development has been added to campus. This includes new buildings, walkways thousands of trees, plazas, plinths, fountains and more to make the most of campus, and has earned the description of 'a campus of the future'


The Bioengineering and Sciences building is the newest research facility on campus. Located on the north side of campus, the building's labs and research spaces are designed to cultivate the cross-disciplinary collaborations for which UT Dallas is renowned. The building is home to bioengineering and neuroscience with additional research space that supports collaboration among researchers in biology, physics, chemistry and electrical and mechanical engineering.

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 résumé editor helps prepare résumés and cover letters, business communications and personal statements. The center also has career workshops and an online job-search data base 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. Last year over 2100 employers hired UT Dallas graduates and students earned more than 4,000 internships.

Undergraduate 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 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

    Texas Resident   Out of State
Tuition and Fees   $12,528   $36,444
Books and Supplies   $1,200   $1,200
Room and Board   $11,112   $11,112
Total   $24,890   $46,956


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

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 freshmen 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 the program’s academic and financial criteria.

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 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

Student organizations sponsor a variety of activities for the campus including service projects and community outreach. With more than 325 registered student organizations at UT Dallas, it is easy for students to get connected. UT Dallas is also home to over 25 national Greek-letter fraternities and sororities, 13 competitive athletic teams and 27 club sports. The School of Arts and Humanities presents numerous 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.

Students balance studies with creative physical activities. The Activity Center features a fully equipped recreational sports facility with racquetball; squash, basketball courts and an indoor swimming pool, UT Dallas students enjoy competitions in water polo, rock climbing and Oozeball, a mud splattered volleyball tournament. 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 electronic or printed and sealed transcripts may be delivered to the Office of Admission and Enrollment Services directly from the educational institution. All materials submitted in the process of completing the application become the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant.

Students in good standing from an accredited Texas high school who are in the top 10 percent of their high school class receive assured admission to UT Dallas. 

Students are reviewed using their high school rank, strength of high school curriculum, SAT or ACT scores, record of accomplishments, Essay Topic A on their application and letters of recommendation.

Application Fees and Deadlines

All fees are non-refundable.

The application fee is $50.

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 in the 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 all freshmen and international transfer applicants

Term   Priority    Regular
Fall Full-Term   January 15   May 1
Spring Full-Term   May 15   October 1
Summer   October 15   March 1

Deadlines for Domestic Transfer Applicants

Term   Priority   Regular
Fall Full-Term   January 15   July 1
Spring Full-Term   May 15   November 1
Summer   October 15   May 1


Questions related to undergraduate admissions should be addressed to:

Office of Admission and Enrollment

The University of Texas at Dallas

800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, Texas 75080-3021
Telephone: 00 + 1 + 972-883-2270
Fax: 00 + 1 + 972-883-2599

Explore rankings data for University of Texas at Dallas

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Key statistics

  • 25.4
    No. of students per staff
  • 43 : 57
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 25%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 22,967
    Number of Students
  • $9,944
    On-campus Room and Board
  • $26,894
    Out-of-state Tuition and Fees
  • $50,000
    Salary after 10 years
Based on data collected for the 2018 World University Rankings and 2018 US Rankings