The University of Texas came into existence in 1961 when Cecil Green, J. Erik Jonsson and Eugene McDermott, the founders of Texas Instruments, set up the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest. In 1967, it was renamed as the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies (SCAS). In 1969, the assets of SCAS were transferred to the state of Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas was established. Over the years, the university has transitioned from being a graduate research facility to a globally leading university laying emphasis on innovation, high quality science, business education, engineering, and research.
The main campus of the University of Texas at Dallas (also known as UT Dallas or UTD) is located in the heart of the Richardson, Texas. The U.S. News & World Report of Best Colleges for 2011 categorizes the University of Texas at Dallas as a “Tier 1” national university owing to its selective admissions policy. As of Fall 2010, the University of Texas at Dallas has an enrollment of more than 17,000 students with the top countries of origin being USA, India, China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Vietnam.