Before applying, please check if you meet the qualifications to be considered for acceptance to the Program.

Among the 12 women and 12 men who make up the program’s 2012 class, there are three valedictorians and three Presidential Scholar nominees. Together, they ranked in the top of their high school classes and their two-part SAT scores averaged 1536. In addition, 21 of the students received recognition in the National Merit Scholar Program. Half come from Texas, including 10 from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and the rest from eight other states.

Students who have the best chance of being invited to McDermott Finalists’ Weekend will have:

  • 1400 or higher on the two part SAT (verbal and math);
  • 2100 or higher on the three part SAT;
  • 32 or higher on the ACT;
  • A class rank in the top five percent of their graduating class;
  • First-time college freshman
    • AP, IB, CLEP, and Dual-Credit acceptable,
    • Current UT Dallas students or Transfer students not eligible;
  • Long records of community volunteerism and leadership in school;
  • Broad and eclectic interests in science, literature, and the arts; and
  • Social skills to interact easily with adults as well as peers.

The Program welcomes all majors.

Applications are accepted from across Texas, the U.S., and the world.


In the spring of 2005, McDermott Scholars Sophie Rutenbar and Kassandra McLean became UTD's first-ever Truman Scholar and Goldwater Scholar.


In the spring of 2008, McDermott Scholar Rachel Markowitz became UTD's first-ever Fulbright Fellow.


In the spring of 2010, McDermott Scholar Samia Hossain was named a Fulbright Fellow.


In the spring of 2011, McDermott Scholar Saskia Versteeg won the University's First Udall Scholarship.

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