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Applying to UT Dallas as a Freshman

Freshmen are encouraged to apply to UT Dallas early in their senior year of high school. For the purposes of admission and scholarship consideration, a student will be evaluated as a freshman if the student's first matriculation at a college or university during a long semester after graduating from high school will occur at UT Dallas. Some admissions may require the completion of additional preparatory work before full-time enrollment in the University, and any deficiencies in the student's high school coursework must be resolved before graduating from the University.

Admission Under the Top 10 Percent Rule

As required by Texas law, prospective students are automatically admitted to the University as first-time freshmen if they graduated from an accredited Texas high school among the top 10 percent of their class. Applicants must have graduated from high school during one of the two school years just prior to the academic year for which they seek admission as first-time freshmen. Please see information about the recommended high school curriculum.

Assured Admission Criteria for First-time Freshman

Students graduating in good standing from an accredited high school who have completed the full Texas recommended college-track high school curriculum and who have academic records meeting one of the following criteria will be admitted to UT Dallas:

  • An SAT score of 1200 (combined math and critical reading) or higher
  • A composite ACT score of 26 or greater
  • A class rank in the top 15% of their high school class

First-time Freshmen with College Credit

Prospective freshmen with transferable semester credit hours will be treated for the purposes of admission as first-time freshmen. Their work will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Admission Committee using the following criteria:
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • High school transcript, including grade point average, class rank and college preparatory classes
  • All postsecondary academic coursework

Reviewed Admission Criteria For Freshmen

Students with test scores or class ranks outside the assured admission range may be eligible for admission upon individual review. Reviewed admission applicants are encouraged to respond to the Essay Topic A on the Texas Common Application.

Reviewed admission decisions are based on the applicant's composite achievement profile, including
  • High school class rank and GPA
  • Strength of academic preparation, including the number of courses taken, such as honors, advanced placement (AP), international baccalaureate (IB)
  • SAT I or ACT scores
  • Record of achievements, honors and awards
  • Special accomplishments, work and service, both in and outside of school
  • The essay topic, with emphasis on explanation of the details of the context of achievements
  • Special circumstances that put academic achievements in context

Written recommendations are suggested but not required and can be helpful for students seeking admission on review or for students desiring fullest consideration for merit or merit/need-based scholarships. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited high school or satisfied equal requirements and should have completed the Recommended High School Program.

Steps to Apply
  1. Submit an online application through

  2. Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee before submitting your application. The fee may be waived through Scholars’ Day attendance or through an approved SAT waiver submitted by a high school counselor.

  3. Provide official SAT (UT Dallas code: 6897) or ACT (UT Dallas code: 4243) test scores. Scores listed on your official high school transcript are acceptable.

  4. Send current, official high school transcripts and college transcripts, if applicable, to the following address. In order for your transcripts to be considered official, they must be in a school sealed envelope with the school’s seal or signature on the back side of the envelope:

    The University of Texas at Dallas
    Admission and Enrollment Services
    800 W Campbell Rd
    Richardson TX 75080-3021

  5. Optional: Submit the essay topic on the application.

    Additional Requirements for International Freshmen ONLY

  6. English proficiency is required for all international student applicants from non-native English speaking countries. The English proficiency requirement can be waived for students from countries whose government language is English and whose education has been in English.

    Official, approved test scores and minimum scores are accepted from the following testing agencies:

    80   TOEFL iBT   (Internet Based)
    550   TOEFL   (Paper Based)
    6.5   IELTS    
    67   PTE    
    Pass   English 112   ELS Language Centers

    Scores must be less than two years old. To be considered official, test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency, either electronically or delivered in an unopened envelope that has been sealed by the testing agency.

  7. Provide official, attested photocopies or certified copies of all high school transcripts, mark sheets or examination certificates showing the completion of U.S. 9th–12th grade graduation equivalent and grades/marks earned. Submit an official copy of final examinations taken at the end of the secondary school program, such as GCE ordinary-level and advanced-level examinations, school leaving certificates and matriculation exams.

    The international acceptable academic document reference sheet may assist in identifying required documents by country of origin.

  8. If your documents are issued in your country's official language, you must submit an English translation of your academic documents. The translations must be from either the academic institution or from a certified translation company.

  9. Pay the $50 non-refundable international credential fee (for applicants with transcripts or other international academic credentials from international institutions).
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