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First Time Freshman Admissions
A “first-time freshman” is an applicant to UT-D directly
following high school graduation. Applicants are still considered “first-time
freshmen” if they earn college credit before high school graduation.
If an applicant has earned college credit after high school graduation
they are not considered a “first-time freshman” and should
consult admission requirements for a transfer student (see Admissions
– Freshman and Sophomore Transfer Students).
The University’s policy is to admit applicants who are most able
to benefit from and contribute to the university’s academic and
research mission. The high academic expectations and complex educational
curricula at U.T. Dallas require that entering freshman students have
successfully completed a full college track high school curriculum and
have demonstrated strong general verbal/quantitative aptitudes as measured
on national standardized tests.
In accord with Chapter 51 of the Texas Education Code,
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. 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. They may also be required to remove any deficiencies
in their high school coursework before graduating from the university.
All applications not automatically admitted will be reviewed. Applicants
must have graduated from an accredited high school or satisfied equal
requirements, and should have completed the high school unit requirements
listed below (see item 9). Admission decisions are based on the applicant’s
composite achievement profile, including:
- high school class rank;
- strength of academic preparation including the number and complexity
of courses taken (Honors, AP, IB, etc.);
- SAT I or ACT scores;
- record of achievements/honors/awards;
- special accomplishments/work/service both in and out of school;
- special circumstances that put academic achievements in context;
- recommendations (suggested but not required);
- successful completion of a high school curriculum that includes:
- four units of Language Arts, including at least one unit of
- two units of a single foreign language (three units recommended);
- three and one half units of Mathematics beginning with Algebra
I or higher and including a course dealing with trigonometry,
such as pre calculus (four units recommended);
- three units of laboratory science, not including Physical
- three units of Social Sciences, not including work study (four
- one half unit of Fine Arts (one unit recommended);
- one and one half units of General Education Electives (two
and one half units recommended);
- the university also recommends one unit of Computer Science,
one half unit of Health, and one and one half units of Physical
- for Texas residents, consideration may be given to socioeconomic
and geographic information.
The review process gives primary consideration to the applicant’s
scores on standardized tests and high school record although no specific
class rank, test score, or other qualification by itself assures admission
except as described above under Automatic Admissions. The decision
for each applicant will be to approve admission or to deny admission.
The achievement levels of students admitted to U.T. Dallas are illustrated
by the following statistical profile of the entering freshman class
of Fall 2006.
- 74% of students were in the top 25% of their high school graduating
- 41% were in the top 10% of their class;
- 50% of students scored between 1140 and 1340 on the SAT I;
- The average SAT I score was 1247 (the 2006 national average
SAT-I was 1021).