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Admission Through the Comet Connection

Many UT Dallas students do not take the conventional path that leads straight from high school to a four-year college degree. The Comet Connection Program was specifically created to enable transfer students to blend their college experiences seamlessly - and without financial penalty. It offers a Guaranteed Tuition Program for four years through the UT Dallas Plan. For more information or to receive an updated list of participating community colleges, contact one of our admissions counselors at the Welcome Center (972-883-2270) or visit http://www.utdallas.edu/connect/.

The University of Texas at Dallas accepts applications for admission from transfer students for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. UT Dallas welcomes applications from students who have begun their college work and are in good standing at other institutions of higher education. Classifications for admission, which are based on transferable semester credit hours, determine the admission criteria.

The University accepts for transfer credit only academic post-secondary course work completed with a grade of C (2.00 on a 4.00 point scale) or higher from regionally accredited institutions of higher education. The University of Texas at Dallas does not offer credit for nonacademic course work such as vocational, developmental or remedial studies, nor does it grant credit for prior experiential learning. Course work that is accepted for transfer credit is applicable toward satisfying requirements for a specific UT Dallas major according to the same criteria as those used for equivalent UT Dallas courses (see Appendix II for further information on the transfer of lower-division course credit). Prospective transfer students from Dallas-area community colleges should refer to the UT Dallas Transfer Guides, available at the UT Dallas Office of Admissions, online at http://www.utdallas.edu/transferguides/, and at the community college academic advising offices to learn more about curricula appropriate to the various UT Dallas majors.

As soon as an application for admission, transcripts and any required test scores have been received, the Admissions Committee will evaluate the student's record to determine which credits earned at another college or university will transfer to UT Dallas.

The application of transfer credit to degree plans must be completed within the first semester of enrollment. An undergraduate advisor in the student's major, in consultation with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, will determine how the transfer credits apply to UT Dallas degree requirements. The faculty, acting through the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, has the ultimate responsibility for applying transfer credit to their specific major requirements. Students are urged to contact their advising office upon receipt of the letter informing them of their admission to UT Dallas. See, also, the section on the Texas Success Initiative and THEA Placement Testing.

Applicants seeking admission to UT Dallas should be aware that they will need at least 51 upper-division hours to graduate (see "Graduation Requirements").

Freshman and Sophomore Transfer Students

Applicants to UT Dallas who have previously taken courses at one or more other accredited institutions of higher education and who are classified as freshmen or sophomores (see "Classification of Students") will be reviewed for admission using the same criteria described above for first-time freshmen. In addition, freshmen applications must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, for all post-secondary academic course work. Sophomore applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.

Junior and Senior Transfer Students

Applicants to UT Dallas who have previously taken courses at one of more other accredited institutions of higher education and who are classified as juniors or seniors (See "Classification of Students") are admitted automatically if their cumulative GPA for post-secondary academic course work is 2.50 or better, on a scale of 4.00 and they are judged to be making satisfactory academic progress.

Applications that do not qualify for automatic admission will be reviewed at the discretion of the school offering the applicant's major. Associate Deans will pay particular attention to the academic content and grades of the applicant's college-level work.

Transfer Students Admitted on Probation

If admitted on probation students must:

  1. see an academic advisor before registering,
  2. may not register for more than twelve hours,
  3. may not drop or withdraw from any classes, and
  4. must earn a grade of C or better in classes.
  5. other conditions as prescribed by the admitting Associate Dean.

Students admitted on probation must earn a GPA of at least 2.20 for the first semester of enrollment. Failure to meet these conditions will result in suspension. Students admitted on probation by the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education who are subsequently suspended from the University may be readmitted only by the Associate Dean (see "Scholastic Suspension").