The University of Texas at Tyler


Founded in 1971, the University of Texas at Tyler is located in beautiful Tyler, TX, which is halfway between Dallas and Shreveport, LA. The school offers many different academic programs including bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, and doctorates both in traditional classroom settings and online via their distance learning program. The school is also heavily vested in research and has many different program areas in which students may participate.

The University of Texas at Tyler has an extensive athletics program that includes varsity sports, intramural sports, and club sports. There are also numerous student clubs and organizations as well as an active Greek life. Life on campus is exciting and fun because both the university and its various organizations are nearly always hosting different events. The school is rich in tradition and full of team spirit so students seeking a valuable educational experience combined with an active, interesting social life will definitely find their place at UT Tyler.

The surrounding community of Tyler offers a plethora of things to do. The Adrenaline Rush Zip Line is the longest zip line in Texas. Students can soak up some of the most beautiful scenery in Texas while speeding down the 1700-foot line. Other outdoor activities include camping, hiking, fishing, water sports and the Caldwell Zoo. There are also numerous historical places, museums and cultural centers to keep history buffs interested.


Information Summary

Ranks 45th in Texas and 1134th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 78.5
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $21,730
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 27 / 1280
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 16 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 62% / 67%
Enrollment Total (all students) 10,206


The University of Texas at Tyler offers several different levels of education including nearly 40 bachelor’s programs, almost 40 master’s programs, doctoral programs and post-baccalaureate certificates. UT Tyler recognizes that many students wish to pursue higher education but cannot do so via traditional classroom methods. In order to open educational opportunities up to these students, the university offers distance learning and several programs, including several master’s programs, can be earned entirely online. For students attending on-campus classes, the class sizes are small and the teaching methods are extremely student-centered.

In addition to traditional teaching methods, the University of Tyler has several well-funded research projects underway at any given time and students may participate in these programs and even earn scholarships or fellowships from them. The projects offer students an opportunity to learn skills that will be valuable to them in their future careers. All of the programs are extremely community- and environmentally-focused.

The Texas Allergy, Indoor Environment, and Energy (TxAIRE) Institute is researching ways to build environmentally friendly, energy-efficient, clean air homes that are economically and aesthetically competitive with other homes on the market today. The institute’s goal is to build “net-zero” energy structures that are economically viable and competitive on the market.

Other research programs that UT Tyler currently houses include The Center for Organic Semiconductor Modeling and Simulation (COSMoS), the Center for Petroleum Security Research, Texas First-Responder Cyber Security Training (TxFRST) and Texas Project Lead The Way. For more information about these programs, students should visit the university website or contact the University of Texas at Tyler.

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Undergraduate Admission

In order to be accepted as an undergraduate at The University of Texas at Tyler, students must meet the three predictors of academic success. These include appropriate high school preparation including completion of core and elective curriculum requirements, acceptable class rank in high school and SAT or ACT scores that indicate readiness for higher education.

Applicants who have graduated from high school within two years of application to UT Tyler are eligible for automatic admission if they graduated in the top 10% of their high school class as long as SAT/ACT scores are submitted. Other students that do not meet this standard will be eligible for regular admission as long as they have met the core and elective requirements or satisfied the ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks or scored at least 1500 on the SAT.

Students may be exempted from some of the course requirements if they were unable to complete them due to situations beyond their control. For example, if the school did not offer the course, or the course was full and unavailable to the student, the requirement may be waived. Additionally, special consideration may be given to a student’s extracurricular activities, community involvement, employment, socioeconomic background or status as a first-generation college student.

All students seeking admission need to submit the application and fee, official high school transcripts, any college transcripts, and either the THEA or the Accuplacer test in order to meet the Texas Success Initiative unless exempt.

Graduate School Admissions

Students seeking admission to a master’s program will need to submit all post-secondary transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Graduate admissions decisions are made at the program level and each program may have separate requirements. There are, however, documents that are usually required by every department. These include the application and fee, appropriate graduate school testing such as the GRE or the GMAT, letters of recommendation, resumes and a Meningitis vaccination if the student is going to live on campus.

Applicants will be given consideration based on academic merit, dedication to the chosen field of study, socioeconomic bacground, region of residence and involvement in other relevant activities such as extracurricular activities, community service, family responsibilities and employment. Some programs accept a maximum number of students so early application is recommended. Also, students wishing to apply for financial aid should do so as soon as possible, preferably by Feb 1. for fall entry. Students may monitor the status of their application via the myUTTyler site.

Students seeking admission to a doctoral program must hold a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree from an accredited institution. Students must apply via the ApplyTexas website and submit official transcripts of all post-secondary work as well as GRE scores. Consideration is given using the same criteria as the master’s programs. Application packets must be complete by Feb 1 and all students applying for fellowships or other forms of financial aid should do so by this deadline.

Post-baccalaureate certificate programs have different requirements that are program-dependent so interested students should work closely with the admissions department in order to submit complete application packets.

Financial Aid

The University of Texas at Tyler offers many different types of financial aid for students at all levels of study. There are private and governmental grants available for research-specific projects and the students that work on them, as well as merit-based and need-based scholarships. There are also grants, loans, work-study programs and fellowships. Students interested in applying for financial aid should do so as early as possible in order to be eligible for all of the types of aid that are available. To begin this process, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online starting in January.

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The UT Tyler Patriots compete in the American Southwest Conference and are an NCAA Division III athletics organization. The Patriots’ colors are blue and orange and they offer several intercollegiate sports teams including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, golf, tennis and track & field. Men may also choose to play baseball and women have the additional options of softball and volleyball.

In addition to intercollegiate varsity sports, UT Tyler also offers many different intramural and club sports including ultimate frisbee, flag football, putt putt, indoor soccer, basketball and a wallyball league. There are also frequently tournaments and one-time events that students may participate in just for the fun of competing and socializing, as well as showing school spirit.


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