New Student Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do I need to pay a deposit to secure my admission?
There is no need to make a deposit to secure your admission. You may declare your intent to enroll to UT Dallas by logging in to Orion with your Net ID and password. For any further inquiries regarding your admission please contact Admission and Enrollment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I request a duplicate admission letter?
You may request a duplicate admission letter by contacting Admission and Enrollment at email@example.com. If you are a graduate student from the Naveen Jindal School of Management you may request a duplicate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to change my major. How do I do that?
You may inquire about the process with Admission and Enrollment .
How do defer my admission and I-20 to a future semester?
For information about how to transfer your admission to a future semester, please visit Admission and Enrollment website.Once your admission has been updated to the future semester, the International Student Services Office (ISSO) will be in contact with you to determine what documents are needed to process your I-20.
Financial Documents for I-20
I have been admitted and have submitted financial documents for my I-20. How do I get notifications on the status of my UT Dallas I-20?You will receive an email from the UT Dallas ISSO within 2 business days of your admission notifying you of the status of your UT Dallas I-20. This message will go to your UT Dallas email address.
You will also receive an email within 2 business days after you submit any financial documents needed for your I-20. If your documents are complete, your I-20 will be issued within this 2 business day period. The email will list mailing options for your I-20. See the Required F-1 Documents webpage for details on the documents required for I-20 issuance.
I am overseas, is there a deadline to submit my documents to the ISSO so my I-20 is issued?
No, there is not a deadline. It is to your advantage to submit your documents as soon as possible so your I-20 can be issued and you can apply for your visa. You may send your documents to the ISSO by email, mail, or in person by following the I-20 submission instructions.
I was granted a scholarship or assistantship after my I-20 was issued. Do I need to get a new I-20?
It is your choice. If you wish to have your scholarship or assistantship funding listed on your I-20, email a scanned copy of the original scholarship or assistantship letter to ISSOProspective@utdallas.edu and a new I-20 will be issued. The letter must be signed by your academic department representative and be on UT Dallas letterhead.
Where can I get information about scholarships and assistantships?
Visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage for information on scholarships. To learn more about assistantships, contact your academic department. Please be aware the ISSO does not handle information on availability, eligibility criteria, or application procedures.
How can I send my financial documents?
Before emailing, please verify that the total of your attachments is no larger than 5MB. Do not send files in compressed formats, such as .rar or .zip. Instead, use a PDF, JPEG or DOC format.
Where is my I-20?
What documents do I need to submit to obtain a UT Dallas I-20?
Transfer In to UT Dallas
What is a SEVIS Transfer?This occurs when your electronic immigration record is sent from your current transfer out school, to UT Dallas. Please work with your international office at your current transfer out school to request a transfer to UT Dallas.
What is the deadline to transfer my SEVIS record?
Please work with your current transfer out school to determine what specific deadlines apply to your SEVIS record before it is transferred out to UT Dallas. Request the transfer of your SEVIS record no later than the first day of classes for your admission term at UT Dallas.
When will I get my UT Dallas I-20?
For questions on the status of your UT Dallas I-20, contact the UT Dallas ISSO at ISSOProspective@utdallas.edu or by phone at (972) 883-4189
Request the transfer of your SEVIS record no later than the first day of classes for your admission term at UT Dallas. Submit:
- The UT Dallas Financial Affidavit form.
- Supplemental financial support documents, if applicable. All supplemental funding documents must meet the requirements listed on Financial Documents for I-20.
- Copy of the passport ID page. This is the page that shows your name, photo and expiration date.
Sign and pick up your Transfer Complete I-20 from the UT Dallas ISSO no later than the Census Day of your admission term at UT Dallas.
I am going to finish my degree in less time than listed on my I-20. Can you issue an I-20 with a shorter program length?The Department of Homeland Security requires UT Dallas to establish a program length for the I-20s that the ISSO issues. The program length is established by the academic department office. Your I-20 reflects the program length established by the department.
Please note that students at UT Dallas are able to pace their own program completion. The program length is an average. Some students may finish a program in less time, while others may take longer. Please contact your academic department directly for more information about the established length of your program.
The name of my major on my I-20 is different. How can I change it?
The USCIS asked all institutions to use a standard code for all programs. The name of the program as it appears on the I-20 is the name provided by the USCIS, and the code for that program is equivalent to the code UT Dallas uses to identify your current program name.
If you have any questions about the program you have been admitted, please contact the UT Dallas Admission and Enrollment at email@example.com.
I need to arrive late, can you change my I-20 program start date?
We cannot change the date on your I-20 or issue an extension letter. As you will note on your I-20, the “report to the school” date is the first day of classes. If you are a new student and cannot arrive in Dallas by the “report to the school” date listed on your I-20, it will be in your best interest to defer your admission to the following semester.
My I-20 was sent by regular mail. To what address was it sent, and how can I get the tracking number?As a default your UT Dallas I-20 will be sent to the SEVIS-Foreign address on file in Galaxy . To determine that address, please review your SEVIS-Foreign address in Galaxy. If you would like your I-20 to be sent to a different address, please send an email with the address to the ISSO at ISSOProspective@utdallas.edu or update your SEVIS-Foreign address in Galaxy.
There are no tracking numbers for mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service (regular mail). Mailing times vary by country; it may take 2 to 4 weeks for your packet to reach you.
I would like to request a duplicate I-20. How do I make that request?
If you want the duplicate I-20 mailed through the U.S. Postal Service to a specific address, send your request to ISSOProspective@utdallas.edu and include the address you want it mailed. If you want the duplicate I-20 sent through express mail, follow the instructions in the ISSO Express Mail webpage to set up the request. You will be responsible for payment.
Can you send me an electronic copy of my I-20?
Due to information security concerns, we are not able to send electronic copies of I-20s. You may order express mail services to obtain your I-20 faster.
By mistake I requested an express mail order from The University of Dallas (not the University of Texas at Dallas)? How can I transfer my express mail order?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
By mistake I entered two or more express mail orders. How can I request a refund of the express mail shipping cost?
Request a refund of the express order by sending an email to email@example.com.
How does the ISSO determine what name is on the Form I-20/DS-2019?If the passport has a Machine Readable Zone (MRZ), the issuing country has already identified which name component(s) it considers to be the surname and given name. Therefore, with a few exceptions, the MRZ can usually be used as a good guide for determining which components of the name should be entered into which name fields in SEVIS. Generally, there are three fields where the MRZ serves as a guide:
- Surname/Primary Name: The Primary Name is the first name that appears in the MRZ. In most cases, that should very closely reflect what ISSO will enter in the Surname/Primary Name field. Very long surnames (40+ letters) are truncated in the MRZ. In that case, the ISSO will use the Primary Name field in the Visual Inspection Zone (VIZ) as a guide for the complete surname.
- Given Name: Captures any other names on the passport.
- Passport Name: Should reflect exactly what is in the MRZ. The Passport Name allows various government officials to match the Form I-20/Form DS-2019 exactly to the passport.
What is the Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) of a passport?
The MRZ of the passport appears at the bottom of the biographic page of the passport. The top line consists of uppercase letters (nonimmigrant’s name) and carets.
What is the Visual Inspection Zone (VIZ) of a passport?
The VIZ of the passport is in the center of the biographic page, to the right of the holder’s photo. It includes the holder’s full name, date of birth, nationality, etc.
What if there is no MRZ in the passport, but there is a U.S. visa with an MRZ? What name will be on the I-20?
If the passport lacks an MRZ, the U.S. visa can also be used as a guide for determining how the name will be listed on your I-20. If the passport VIZ is difficult to interpret, or does not match the U.S. visa, the ISSO may refer to the name as it is indicated on the U.S. visa.
What information can I find when I log into Galaxy?The Galaxy portal is the UT Dallas student information system. In Galaxy, you can verify your admission status, update your mailing address and identify any registration blocks.
I can’t access my UT Dallas email or log into Galaxy. What can I do?
Where do I find my UTD-ID?
Your UTD-ID is a ten (10) digit number that acts as the unique identifier for you. It is normally sent in your acknowledgment email. If you need help, contact the Admission and Enrollment
TA/RA Application Status
The criteria for eligibility, the availability, the application process and the offer notification of assistantships are managed by the individual Academic Departments. The assistantships depend on the department and on the amount of funding that is available, and the offer notification may come several weeks after admission. For the status of your assistantship application, please contact your academic department.If you are granted an assistantship and wish to have your scholarship or assistantship funding listed on your I-20, email a scanned copy of the original scholarship or assistantship letter to ISSOProspective@utdallas.edu. The letter must be signed by your academic department representative and be on UT Dallas letterhead.
Tuition and Fees
School costs are a combination of tuition, fees, living expenses and books. The tuition and fees are determined by the number of credit hours you take each term. Once you enroll in classes, tuition and all applicable fees are automatically added to your account and you will be required to meet payment deadlines. Most students attend two semesters per year. To maintain F-1 status Bachelor’s level students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester, Master’s and Doctorate students must take a minimum of 9 credit hours each semester.Review the following tuition and fees chart to get an idea of school costs. http://www.utdallas.edu/enroll/apply/cost.php.
In addition, the amount of funds you are required to present in order to obtain your I-20 is an estimate on the amount you will pay for your first year of enrollment at The University of Texas at Dallas.