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The University of Texas at Dallas

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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.


The University of Texas at Dallas is comprised of seven schools: School of Arts and Humanities, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, School of Management, and School of Natural Science and Mathematics. These schools offer more than 137 academic programs. The University of Texas at Dallas also houses the Callier Center, an internationally recognized institution offering services to people having any type of communication disorder. The Callier Center also offers programs in audiology and speech language pathology.

The University of Texas at Dallas is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for awarding baccalaureate and doctoral degrees. The top undergraduate majors at the University of Texas at Dallas are: Accounting & Information Management, Electrical Engineering, Business Administration, Computer Science, Biology, Arts & Technology, and Psychology. The University of Texas at Dallas is considered to be a research university but it also offers numerous diverse programs such as Global Business, Child Learning and Development, International Political Economy, Interdisciplinary Studies, Arts and Technology (ATEC), and Biochemistry. The UTD emphasizes on the merging of theory with practice. There are 29 research centers in the University of Texas at Dallas where students are encouraged to get involved in research work.

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Admissions criteria vary for different programs. As per the automatic admission criteria, students graduating in the top 10% of their class from an accredited Texas high school are admitted directly as first time freshmen in the University of Dallas at Texas. Students passing from accredited Texas high schools can also seek assured admission to UTD if they rank in the top 15% of their class, or have a SAT score of 1200 or more, or an ACT score of 26 or more. Applications for undergraduate courses that do not meet the assured or automatic admission criteria are screened on the basis of high school performance, strength of academic preparation, SAT/ACT scores, records of achievements, and special accomplishments. International students, for whom English is not the primary language, need to demonstrate their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores.

For students seeking graduate admissions, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university is required. Admissions are based on academic qualifications, potential of the student, admissions essay, and letters of recommendation. In addition, most departments require scores achieved by the students in specialized examinations such as the MAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or OAT.

Financial Aid

The University of Texas at Dallas provides financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The financial aid is based on the financial need, residency criteria, and other requirements. Students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can apply for federal, state, or institutional financial aid. For students passing from accredited schools in Texas, the Texas Top 10% Scholarship program is available. Other scholarships available for students include: 7×24 Exchange Lone Star Scholarship, Aage and Margareta Moller Endowed Scholarship, Bryce and Jonelle Jordan Scholarships for Creative and Performing Arts, and the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship. Students can also apply for the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program which provides federal Stafford Loans to students and PLUS Loans to parents.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4564th for the average student loan amount.
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The University of Texas at Dallas has had students as young as 15 years old and as old as 76 years old. The male to female ratio is: 56:44. The University of Texas at Dallas has more than 200 clubs and student organizations, 13 athletic teams, and 16 National Greek-letter fraternities and sororities.

Student organizations sponsor a variety of activities for the campus and participate in social welfare activities. There is a GEMS center (Gateways to Engagement, Mastery and Success) which provides support to students in writing, multiple science fields, mathematics, and other disciplines. The UTD Mercury is an award-winning student-run newspaper in UT Dallas. There is a student-run internet radio station known as the Radio UTD which plays music, talk shows, poetry, and live coverage of UTD sports. The UTD TV is a web-based television station and provides news, entertainment shows, and various other programs produced by the students, faculty, and the staff of the UTD.

Recent high school graduates opting to seek housing at the University of Dallas at Texas are required to live in the suite-style residence halls at the University Village. There are three-bedroom suites, recreation areas, study lounges, and communal spaces in the University Village. Facilities such as internet access and cable, TV, emergency call stations, 24-hour campus police patrol, mailboxes, bicycle racks, and sport courts are also available. Non-freshmen, sophomores, seniors, and graduate students can also opt to live in the Waterview Park which is comprised of 33 residential buildings characterized by lush green landscaping, four swimming pools, study/activity centers, and sports courts.

Students living on campus have the option of eating at the Dining Hall, Comet Café, and Novel Brew at the McDermott Library. There are seven different sections serving vegetarian and vegan meals, homestyle entrees, stir-fry and grilled-to-order items, salads, soups and frozen yogurt bars, pizzas, pasta and other hot meals, fresh baked breads and desserts, traditional Tex-Mex cuisine, and mini-meals of waffles, cereal, fruit and sandwiches.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The University of Texas at Dallas has 13 athletic teams: 6 men’s and 7 women’s teams. The university’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, volleyball, softball, and tennis. The University of Texas at Dallas athletics teams compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III level and the team nickname is Comet. The university’s official colors are orange, green, and white. In a number of sports in the NAA Division III American Southwest Conference, the Comets are the title contenders.


  • University of Texas at Dallas. About UT Dallas. Web. 17 June 2011.
  • University of Texas at Dallas. Financial Aid Office. Web. 17 June 2011.
  • University of Texas at Dallas. Action Packed: Life as a Comet. 08 June 2011. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 10th in Texas and 243rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 165th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 4 0.02
Arrest 43 0.23

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 88 0.09
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 9 0.01
Robbery 76 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 680 0.67
Larceny 1,934 1.91
Vehicle theft 194 0.19

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population43,285 (43,285 urban / N/A rural)
Households17,151 (2.49 people per house)
Median Household Income$55,973
Families11,458 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4803

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 645th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $10,864 $10,864 $26,038
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $453 $453 $1,085
FT Graduate Tuition $11,940 $11,940 $21,606
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $663 $663 $1,200
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,784 $24,784 $39,958
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,624 $25,624 $40,798
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $16,204 $16,204 $31,378

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,276 $10,666 $10,276 $10,666 $24,166 $25,084
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,364 $9,050
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,330 $3,450
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,788 $9,250
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,930 $4,100
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,930 $4,100

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 8,750 (4,708 male / 4,042 female)
Admitted 5,125 (2,828 male / 2,297 female)
Admission rate 59%
First-time Enrollment 2,233 (1,316 male / 917 female)
FT Enrollment 2,193 (1,292 male / 901 female)
PT Enrollment 40 (24 male / 16 female)
Total Enrollment21,193

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference American Southwest Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference American Southwest Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference American Southwest Conference

ACT Test Admission

110th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 45%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 32
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 32
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 31

SAT Test Admission

114th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 81%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 670
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 600 / 700
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1150 / 1370

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity5,154
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,860
Board Fee$3,380

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 103rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $111,739 ($120,103 male / $86,986 female)
Number of FT Faculty 695 (499 male / 196 female)
Number of PT Faculty 954
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $23,368,765

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