U T Dallas

Admissions Information Related to COVID-19

In an effort to support social distancing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Office of Admission and Enrollment has moved virtually. While our campus may be closed, our undergraduate admission counselors and staff are ready to help you. If you are a prospective first-time-in-college freshman or transfer student, you can visit our counselor locator page to find your undergraduate admission counselor. Feel free to email them directly or send any questions to [email protected]. You can also schedule a virtual pre-admission counseling appointment. For graduate applications support, please contact the graduate departments directly.

Visit our undergraduate virtual resources webpage and the undergraduate admissions C19-FAQ for up-to-date information. We appreciate your understanding — please stay safe and healthy.

Academic Excellence Scholarships Qualifications

UT Dallas offers Academic Excellence Scholarships (AES) each year to incoming first-time-in-college freshman students admitted for the fall term immediately following high school graduation. Students are automatically considered for an AES award on the basis of their completed application to the university and no other materials are required. Award criteria include standardized test scores and high school academic success evidenced by grades and class rank (if available).

AES Awarding Timeline

All UT Dallas applications are considered for an Academic Excellence Scholarship. The priority deadline for admission and scholarship consideration is December 1. We encourage future Comets to explore all scholarship opportunities offered by the university and to complete a FAFSA.

Funds available for each year’s new scholarship awards are limited.

Eligibility and Award Timing

  • First-time freshman applicants admitted to UT Dallas for the fall semester immediately following high school graduation
  • Admitted to UT Dallas
    • AES deadline is December 1
    • All students who have submitted a completed application (official academic transcripts, test scores*, and the ApplyTexas application) by December 1 will be reviewed for AES awards
    • Students who are awarded AES will be typically notified on a rolling basis starting in late December. Students who complete their application file and submit official SAT/ACT scores by the priority deadline will be notified of their award in that initial round of review.
    • *Due to COVID-19, and the effects on SAT/ACT testing dates, students may continue to submit test scores after the December 1st deadline to automatically be considered for an AES award as long as funding remains.

*With the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic brings, we remain committed to reviewing and revising our policies as needed to best serve prospective students and their families.

Merit-Based Award Factors

  • Strength of high school curriculum including level of rigor (Advanced Placement, IB, dual credit)
  • Grades in all coursework
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Class rank (if applicable)

No specific achievement in any category of the AES award factors guarantees a scholarship or specific award level.

The quantity and quality of freshman applicants influences the AES awarding process. The quality and number of applicants, as measured by SAT and ACT scores and high school academic success, increases each year. The award process is competitive and previous years should not be used to set expectations for scholarship awards. AES is a merit-based scholarship and is awarded independent of financial need or extenuating circumstances.

Letters of recommendation, essays, or other materials are not considered in the award process and thus new submissions will not initiate a new award.

UT Dallas Scholarships and Financial Aid

UT Dallas offers scholarships and financial aid to help you fund your college education.

UT Dallas Scholarships

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