The University of Texas at Dallas

About University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas

The University of Texas at Dallas, founded in 1969, is a 4-year public university located in Richardson, Texas. Kiplinger's Personal Finance named UT Dallas one of the top 100 'Best Values' among U.S. universities in 2012. Additionally, Times Higher Education magazine ranked UT Dallas 29th in a list of the 100 best universities less than 50 years old in 2012. The 500-acre campus has undergone extensive renovation in the recent 'Campus Enhancement Project', which included the planting of over 5,000 shrubs and trees, a redesigned mall, and six reflection pools.


In 2011, the University of Texas at Dallas had an enrollment of 18,864 students, of which 11,760 were undergraduates. UT Dallas employed 637 faculty members in 2011, and the student/faculty ratio is 19 to 1. UT Dallas offers 130 degree programs in seven schools: the School of Arts and Humanities; the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences; the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences; the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science; the School of Interdisciplinary Studies; the Naveen Jindal School of Management; and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

UT Dallas offers several certificate programs in addition to degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. UT Dallas is also a major research university, with several research centers concentrated on multiple disciplines. Notable among these are the Callier Center for Communications Disorders, the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute, and the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences. The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science was the first educational institution in the U.S. to offer an accredited telecommunications engineering degree.


Prospective freshman wishing to apply to UT Dallas must apply online through and pay a $50 application fee. Other documents required during the admissions process include official SAT or ACT scores and official high school transcripts. Applicants are invited to submit an essay, but this is not required. International students must also submit current TOEFL scores. First-time freshmen who have graduated in the top 10% of their class from an accredited Texas high school will be automatically admitted to UT Dallas if they have an SAT score of 1200 or higher or an ACT score of at least 26. The regular application deadline for the fall term is July 1, but students applying for the spring term can submit their applicants by November 1. April 1 is the deadline for summer applicants.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition at the University of Texas at Dallas can vary based on whether or not the students live in the state of Texas. Annual tuition at UT Dallas for in-state undergraduate students was $10,276 for 2011-2012, while out-of-state undergraduates paid $24,166. Students living on campus paid over $8,000 for room and board, while books and other supplies cost $1,200 a year. Approximately 81% of undergraduates at UT Dallas receive some kind of financial assistance. The average amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded in 2011 was about $13,246.

UT Dallas offers several merit-based scholarships each year. Every incoming freshman is automatically considered for the Academic Excellence Scholarships; other undergraduate scholarships offered include the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program, the Terry Foundation Scholarship, and the Officer Bernard F. Parson Scholarship. UT Dallas also offers every valedictorian from any accredited Texas high school two semesters of free tuition. Students may pay their tuition and fees in an installment plan of three payments.

The University of Texas at Dallas QUICK FACTS
School Type Public, 4-year university**
Degrees Offered Certificate, bachelor's, master's, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 11,760 undergraduates and 7,104 graduates (2011)**
Student Housing Housing is available for freshman, non-freshman, and graduates*
Schools and Programs Seven schools; 130 academic degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business/Commerce (274)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (489)
Doctorate: Computer and Information Sciences (25) and Electrical and Electronics Engineering (25)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 43% in four years
63% in six years
65% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 53% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 1,777 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 83% for full-time and 68% for part-time students in 2011**
Application Due Date July 1 for fall term*
Decision Notification Date Application processing takes about six weeks*
Tuition $10,276 for residents, $24,166 for out-of-state residents in 2011**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (26%), Pell grants (26%), other federal grants (20%), state and local grants/scholarships (35%), institutional grants/scholarships (73%), federal loans (31%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 81%*

Sources:*University of Texas at Dallas, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: The University of Texas at Dallas, Admission and Enrollment Services, 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080-3021
  • Phone: 972-883-2270
  • Website:

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