Students Say

Though nowhere near the size of some of its fellow state schools, UT Dallas provides its more than 12,000 undergraduates with a wealth of resources, financial aid, and opportunities, striving for “a future of talented and smart individuals.” UTD has “one of the best tech schools around” and draws a good deal of students to its STEM programs (one student lovingly calls it “the nerd capital of the UT system”), causing a senior computer engineer to remark: “Engineering and the sciences for the win.” The school is without many sports programs (notably football), but instead “emphasizes academics, which is what we are all here for.”

Overview

Applicants
9,587
Acceptance Rate
62%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
550 - 670
SAT Math
590 - 700
ACT Composite
25 - 31

Deadlines


Regular
July 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Though nowhere near the size of some of its fellow state schools, UT Dallas provides its more than 12,000 undergraduates with a wealth of resources, financial aid, and opportunities, striving for “a future of talented and smart individuals.” UTD has “one of the best tech schools around” and draws a good deal of students to its STEM programs (one student lovingly calls it “the nerd capital of the UT system”), causing a senior computer engineer to remark: “Engineering and the sciences for the win.” The school is without many sports programs (notably football), but instead “emphasizes academics, which is what we are all here for.”

Administration is responsive and invested in UTD’s growing reputation, and the school “grows and changes year by year, continually getting better and better,” with students acting as “a big part of that process.” Someone is “always willing to help you with any problem you encounter,” and the tutoring available also “really helps in understanding the material.” They are dedicated to their students, this being apparent in “their open office hours and timely replies to e-mails.”

Most of the professors “are very enthused about what they are teaching and genuinely want us to learn,” and bring new topics to light through “very informative” discussion. “Their passion for their subject make it easy to love your classes!” says a student. “I get pushed academically, but I love it,” says another. One of the shining benefits of UTD is the chance to get “actively involved with the faculty in research,” which provides “several opportunities for honors, and ultimately allows you to prepare for a continued education after undergrad.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
22:1
Total Faculty
1,110
with Terminal Degree
953

730
Men
380
Women
268
Minority
68
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years
71%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Naveen Jindal
Chairman, Jindal Steel & Power LTD.

Linda Koop
Texas State Representative

James Von Ehr II
CEO of Zyvex Corp, world's first molecular nanotech company

Sam Gilliland
Chair, U.S. Travel & Tourism Advisory Board, Chairman Emeritus, Sabre

Brian McCall
Texas State University System

Angie Chen Button
Texas State Representative

Dr. James F. Reilly II
NASA Astronaut, retired

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
78
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

UTD undergraduates give their alma mater high marks on its dedication to rewarding academic performance with financial support. While at $11,806, the annual tuition price at UTD is higher than some state universities, the school exudes willingness to subsidize all or part of its students’ education: 70 percent of UTD students receive some form of aid, only 43 percent of students incur debt to pay for tuition, and the average cumulative indebtedness is $20,504. Students see overall value in their UTD experience even beyond scholarships; one notes that he enjoyed “excellent and extremely affordable/convenient,” living facilities, “especially in comparison to other college housing options offering the same services or lower-quality ones for double the price.”

Bang For Your Buck

For high-performing students, UTD can provide the ultimate value: a free education. As a result of the Academic Excellence Scholarship Program and others, UTD attracts many of Texas’s best and brightest with competitive scholarship offers: a striking number of students name scholarship funds as one of their top reasons for attending UTD, and the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program, which covers all expenses of a UTD education, stands out as a hallmark value opportunity. Several hundred Academic Excellence scholarships are awarded each year. Like the university itself, its ability to offer financial subsidies to its students is growing rapidly: “An ever-expanding breadth of degree programs and capital improvements,” one administrator explains, “promise to push the university to the fore of education excellence” in the future. And on the employability point, UTD’s Career Center “sponsors on-campus career expos, externships/job-shadowing programs, internships, and co-ops and industrial-practice programs in conjunction with the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,391

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,592

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,395

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,613

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
41%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$11,391

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$11,806
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$31,328
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,438
Transportation for Commuters
$2,140

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

There is "no clear majority of one race, creed, or background" at UT Dallas. Since most of the "exceptionally nice" and "very diverse" people are here for the sciences, there are "lots of smart people everywhere" and "everyone here is so open about the geeky side in everyone." Most agree that there could stand to be a bit more of a creative voice on campus and the school would do well to attract "more students to fine arts." Most students are "serious about their academics, but not too serious" and remember to take the time to relax; "video games/card games and ...anirne" are popular here, as are clubs and organiza­ tions.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
14,300
Out of State
4%

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
109

Demographics

28.58%
Asian
6.59%
African-American
18.44%
Hispanic
40.22%
Caucasian
1.52%
Unknown
3.66%
International

43% female
57% male
4% are out of state
81% are full time
19% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The “well-kept campus” is “not too large,” though “parking is a bit of an issue sometimes” and the “dining hall is pretty bad.” There is a lot of studying going on, so “you can always find a group or just a lot of people hanging around on a specific area studying.” “Some people practically build shrines to their GPA’s and worship them on weekends,” says one sophomore.

A lot of students commute (which makes life “pretty quiet”) and there is no football team to rally around, so “it’s hard to have a lot of school spirit”; however, “the social scene is definitely growing,” and the Student Union acts as the “hub” for the entire school where “students can mingle and find friends.” Computer labs also give many the chance to game and have fun (the video game culture is “strong”), and “there are usually always at least five to ten gamers in the room at once.” The school provides “many things to do,” with campus events like movies happening every week, and people often leave campus to seek more options, such as “movies, bowling, shopping, skating, concert, etc.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
29%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
76
First-Year Students living on campus
62%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
92

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
301
Number of Honor Societies
18

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
32

4% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Comets)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Comets)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Pride and Rainbow Guard are student organizations that work with Student Counseling Center, Galerstein Women's Center and Multicultural Services.

Minority Support Groups: Multicultural Services offers support to UTD minority and international students while educating the campus community about cultural diversity.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UT Arlington
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of North Texas

Sustainability

Thanks to a number of recent sustainability initiatives on campus, UT Dallas certainly earns its place in this guidebook. Last year, the university opened its first LEED-certified building. The Student Services Building, certified at LEED Platinum, features solar thermal hot water heating, storm water collection tanks that are reused for landscaping, low-flow lavatory fixtures to reduce water consumption, and large windows for plenty of natural daylight. UT Dallas has recently commissioned an Office of Sustainability, which seeks to “mitigate UT Dallas’s footprint on the environment, to raise visibility and awareness of environmental issues on campus and the community, and to engage UT Dallas students, faculty and staff in developing sustainable policies and practices.” To accomplish this, the Office of Sustainability has put a particular emphasis on recycling in recent years. Amongst many other items, the university collects cardboard, aluminum, plastic, and paper (the university recycles more than 1.5 million pounds of paper each year!) in order to minimize the amount of waste it sends to the landfill. The dining hall collects food scraps, which the landscaping and grounds crews use to support the university’s growing composting program. The facilities team is also pitching in by ensuring that 100 percent of cleaning products are Green Seal-certified. Proactive students can join the Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA), which works with major environmental organizations in Dallas like PATH and the DFW Green Alliance to increase sustainability awareness and promote environmental action.

Green Rating
90
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
255

Average Number of PC's per Lab
57

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
80%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Special pricing on Dell, HP, iMAC through UTD Technology Store

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
800 West Campbell Road
Student Services Bldg. 1.300
Richardson, TX 75080

Phone
800-889-2270

Email
interest@utdallas.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Pub (coffeehouse)
Comet Cafe
Student Union
Activity Center
University Village clubhouses
Residence Hall West (aka Big Daddy) contains a dining hall, convenience store, weight room and basketball gym

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Dallas: Deep Ellum/ West End (clubs, restaurants)
Dallas: Fair Park (TX State Fair, seven science/culture museums)
Dallas: The Arts District
Arlington: Rangers Ballpark, Cowboys Stadium, Six Flags/Hurricane Harbor
Fort Worth: Sundance Square, Cultural District, Zoo, Botanical Gardens
Dallas locations served by DART light rail. Dallas Convention and Visitor's Bureau website: www.visitdallas.com, Fort Worth Convention and Visitor's Bureau website: www.fortworth.com

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon to Thur/ Fri
8 to 6/ 8 to 5
800-889-2270

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mon-Fri
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
bpetitt@utdallas.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
cost is $45 for one night.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
DART bus, DART light rail, taxi, DFW super shuttle. Closest airports are 1) Addison Airport 2) Love Field 3)DFW International Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
FROM CENTRAL EXPRESSWAY (US 75) take the Campbell Road Exit and go west to University Parkway (between Floyd Road and Waterview Parkway). Go north on University Parkway. FROM DFW AIRPORT - Bear Left on Airport Exit/Hotel/Terminal ACC. Make a Right U-Turn on Airport Exit/Hotel/Terminal ACC towards East Hotel/North Airport Exit. Continue on ramp. Continue on International Parkway North. Continue on TX-121 North. Take the I-635 EAST exit onto I-635 (LBJ Freeway). Take the Coit Road Exit and go north to Campbell Road. Turn east on Campbell Road to University Parkway (between Floyd Road and Waterview Parkway). Go north on University Parkway.

Local Accommodations
Econo Lodge Inn and Suites: $57 - $65 Holiday Inn: $79 - $94 Renaissance: $129 - $259 Double Tree by Hilton from $99 La Quinta from $75
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Key Stats

9,587
Applicants
14,300
Size
62%
Acceptance Rate
1260
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists