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Colleges / The University of Texas at Dallas

About UT Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas is a public, state school in an suburban setting in Richardson, Texas. UT Dallas was founded in 1969 and now enrolls around 28,669 students a year, including 21,187 undergrads.

UT Dallas offers housing for up to 5,000 students. Most students live off campus,.

As of 2021, the total market value of UT Dallas's endowment was $602.746 million The institution spends around $22,181 for each full-time student enrolled. For each full-time professor, there are about 23 undergraduates enrolled at UT Dallas.

2021 UT Dallas Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 79%
Mean ACT score 29
In-State Tuition $13,992
Out-of-State $38,970

2022 UT Dallas Regular Decision Application Deadline

UT Dallas Early Admission

The University of Texas at Dallas does not offer early decision or early action.

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UT Dallas Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into UT Dallas. Around 79% of applicants get into UT Dallas each year. In 2021, 12,230 out of 15,411 total applicants were accepted.

UT Dallas Waitlist 2021

UT Dallas reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into The University of Texas at Dallas?

UT Dallas is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to UT Dallas, applicants must submit the following items.

UT Dallas Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

UT Dallas Average GPA and Test Scores

The mean ACT score for UT Dallas students is 29.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to UT Dallas.

Does UT Dallas Require Test Scores?

UT Dallas is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 84% submitted the SAT. 39% submitted the ACT.

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Does UT Dallas Have On-Campus Housing?

Yes! UT Dallas provides on-campus housing for up to 5,000 students.

UT Dallas students are active in the school's Student Government Association, Golden Key National Honor Society and Muslim Students Association. Jazz Concert, Homecoming Dance, and and Holiday Sing are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UT Dallas.

Financial Aid at UT Dallas

UT Dallas meets 64% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $15,170 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is UT Dallas a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UT Dallas

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UT Dallas, around 90% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 2,520 students who started at UT Dallas as first-time freshman, 1,361 graduate within four years.

UT Dallas's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 72%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $24,319 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UT Dallas sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is UT Dallas a good school for you?

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Where is The University of Texas at Dallas Located?

UT Dallas is located in the suburban setting of Richardson, Texas, less than an hour from Dallas-Fort Worth.

If you want to see UT Dallas for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take I-75, I-35 to Richardson, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Dallas Love Field, Dallas-Fort Worth International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UT Dallas and Richardson are like without leaving home.

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College Info

800 West Campbell Road Richardson, TX 75080

Campus Setting: Suburban

UT Dallas Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UT Dallas is May 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UT Dallas is Jul 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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UT Dallas ACT Scores


ACT Range

26 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UT Dallas is 29. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into UT Dallas. Students with an ACT score that falls between 26 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UT Dallas SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1230 - 1430


Math SAT Range

620 - 740


Reading SAT Range

600 - 710

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UT Dallas Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UT Dallas is like? There are approximately 28,669 students enrolled at UT Dallas, including 21,187 undergraduate students and 7,482 graduate students. 85% percent of students attend school full-time, 95% percent are from TX and 5% percent of students are from other states.


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