Applying to UT Dallas as a Freshman

Applicants will be evaluated for admission and scholarship purposes as “first-time freshmen” if the students’ first enrollment at a college or university, excluding summer, will occur at UT Dallas within two years of graduating from high school. Applicants are still considered “first-time freshmen” if they earn college credit before high school graduation. Applicants completing coursework at a post-secondary institution after high school graduation should consult transfer admission requirements.

Texas Top 10%

As required by Texas law, students are automatically admitted to the University as first-time freshmen if they graduate in the top 10% of their class from an accredited Texas high school and successfully earn the Distinguished Level of Achievement. Applicants must have graduated from high school during one of the two school years preceding the academic year for which they seek admission as first-time freshmen and have not attempted any higher education credits since graduation from high school. Applicants admitted because they are in the top 10% of their high school class may be required to complete additional preparatory work before enrolling in the University or complete developmental coursework to remove any deficiencies in their readiness to successfully complete college-level work prior to University graduation.

Assured Admission Criteria

Assured admission is granted to first-time freshmen who have successfully completed the full Texas recommended college-track high school curriculum, and achieved a composite ACT score of 26 or greater, or a combined math and critical reading SAT score of 1270 or higher (or 1200 or higher for SAT exams administered prior to March 2016.) Assured admission course completion requirements include:

  • English Language Arts (4 credits)
  • Mathematics (4 credits, including Algebra II)
  • Science (4 credits)
  • Social Sciences (3 credits)
  • Language (2 in a single language other than English)
  • Fine Arts (1 credit in music, art, or drama)

Students from private schools and those outside the State of Texas will be considered for admission based on the same academic benchmarks listed above and a comparable high school curriculum.

Reviewed Admission Criteria

All applicants who do not meet the assured admission criteria will enter the reviewed admission process. Reviewed admission decisions are based on the applicant’s composite achievement profile, including:

  • High School Rank and GPA.
  • Strength of high school curriculum (e.g. Honors, AP, IB, dual credit.)
  • SAT-I or ACT scores.
  • Record of accomplishments, honors, awards, community service, work, etc.
  • Essay: Topic A (recommended essay topic on application).
  • Letters of Recommendation (suggested, but not required, and limited to a maximum of three).

International Freshman Applicants

Additional Requirements for International Applicants+

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.

Minimum approved test scores and accepted testing agencies are listed below:

TOEFL iBT (Internet Based): 80

TOEFL (Paper Based): 550
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 67
English 112 (provided by ELS Language Centers): Pass

International Freshman Applicants please see additional documentation requirements.

Major-Specific Requirements

Jindal School of Management (JSOM)+

To declare a major within JSOM, students admitted to UT Dallas must meet a minimum score of 23 on the ACT or 1130 on the SAT (or combined math and critical reading score of 1050 for SAT exams administered prior to March 2016).

Admitted students who do not meet this specification are eligible for the pre-business track and can declare a JSOM degree program after the pre-business track requirements have been completed.

The University of Texas at Dallas | Office of Admission and Enrollment 1-972-883-2270
Student Services Bldg | 800 W. Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080-3021 1-800-889-2443