2015 Snapshot

Caliber of Students Grows As Enrollment Increases

Student enrollment has grown more than 6 percent since fall 2014, with new students making up nearly a third of the student body, while the University continued to maintain its reputation for academic excellence.

An enrollment of 24,554 included 7,354 new students, or 30 percent of the student body. Among them were 2,731 new freshmen — the largest freshman class in UT Dallas history — 2,019 undergraduate transfers, and 2,604 new graduate students.

Incoming students also are meeting a high academic standard. The freshman class, which has an average SAT score of 1257 — among the highest for Texas public universities — also brings the largest number of new National Merit Scholars (102) from a single class in the University’s history, topping the 100 who arrived on campus in 2014.

The growth in enrollment exceeded the University’s plan for the student body population to rise 5 percent each year. Student enrollment has increased 70 percent since 2005. The strategic goal is to grow to between 25,000 and 30,000 students by 2020.

Top major fields for freshmen include such STEM disciplines as biology, computer science, arts and technology, mechanical engineering, neuroscience and electrical engineering. Master’s students are heavily concentrated in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Student Diversity
2000-2015 and
Project to 2020
Fall 2015 Student Profile
Enrollment: 24,554*
Full-time equivalent enrollment: 19,923
*Excludes study abroad students, out-of-state distance education students and students who are auditing classes