Academic Fresh Start
An applicant for admission who is a Texas resident may seek to enter
this institution pursuant to the “academic fresh start”
statute, Texas Education Code, Section 51.931. If the applicant
informs the Office of Admissions in writing of the election, the institution
will not consider any academic course credits or grades earned by
the applicant 10 or more years prior to the starting date of the semester
in which the applicant seeks to enroll. An applicant who elects to
apply under this statute will not receive any course credit for courses
taken 10 or more years prior to enrollment. The granting of Academic
Fresh Start will have no effect on THEA status.
High School Concurrent Enrollment
The Dean of Undergraduate Education will consider the co-enrollment
of highly qualified high school students in specific UTD courses on
an individual basis. Permission for enrollment in particular courses
will be at the discretion of the Undergraduate Dean in consultation
with the course instructor and the Associate Dean of the school offering
the desired course. Co-enrollment decisions will be based on the academic
credentials of the applicant, the scholastic rigor of the requested
classes, the course prerequisites, and the demand for the class on
the part of ongoing UTD students. Only the Dean of Undergraduate Education
may admit a co-enrolled student to the university.
To request co-enrollment, a prospective student must complete an
application for admission and submit a copy of his/her high school
transcript and all standardized test results. In addition, a letter
must accompany the application from the student’s high school
counselor endorsing the student’s enrollment in a particular
course. The counselor must also assure the university that the requested
courses represent instruction unavailable and/or advanced beyond that
offered at the student’s high school.
High school students will not be considered for co-enrollment until
they pass all sections of THEA, or meet one of the following criteria
which exempt them from THEA requirements:
- Score at least 23 on the ACT composite score, with a minimum of
19 on both the English and math tests;
- Score at least 1070 on the SAT combined verbal and math tests,
with a minimum of 500 on both the verbal and math tests;
- TAKS Score established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board required to meet UTD THEA standards.
NOTE: Residual SAT or residual ACT scores (scores acquired for use
in the same institution where the test was given) are not accepted.
Non Degree Seeking Students
A non degree student is an undergraduate who does not intend to
seek a degree at U.T. Dallas but who wishes to take courses for credit.
Up to 15 hours of such course work credit may be transferred to any
degree program at the university; acceptance of any of these hours
is at the discretion of the Undergraduate Associate Dean of the college
into which the student wishes to be accepted.
Non degree students must meet all requirements for admission. To
continue enrollment beyond one semester, non degree students will
be bound by the same scholastic standards that apply to regularly
enrolled degree seeking students.
A non degree student whose work is unsatisfactory and who has been
suspended from the university for academic reasons may not re enroll
without permission of the Dean of Undergraduate Education.
Non-degree students may not be eligible for financial aid. It is
recommended that applicants contact the U.T. Dallas Financial Aid
Office for more information at (972) 883-2941.
NOTE: International students must be enrolled in a degree program
and therefore may not enroll as non-degree students; exceptions may
be made for the summer session for those international students enrolled
in a degree program elsewhere.
Second Baccalaureate Degrees
A student who has graduated from UTD or any other regionally accredited
college or university with an undergraduate degree may enter another
undergraduate program at UTD only with the approval of the Associate
Dean of Undergraduate Education of the school housing the degree sought.
Students pursuing degrees at four-year colleges and universities
other than The University of Texas at Dallas and who desire to transfer
credit hours taken at U.T. Dallas to the degree granting institution
should apply for admission as transient students. Students will be
admitted based on evidence of good academic standing at their home
institution. In addition, students who have previously attended Texas
state-supported institutions must provide evidence of their current
Transient admissions are valid for a single semester. While UTD credits
are generally transferable to other institutions, the student is urged
to seek prior approval of course work to be completed at UTD from
the institution to which it is to be transferred.