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Special Admissions

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:

  1. Score at least 23 on the ACT composite score, with a minimum of 19 on both the English and math tests;
  2. Score at least 1070 on the SAT combined verbal and math tests, with a minimum of 500 on both the verbal and math tests;
  3. 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.

Transient Students

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 TSI/THEA status.

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.


This catalog is a general information publication only. It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to students. The provisions of this catalog do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student or faculty member and The University of Texas at Dallas or The University of Texas System. The University of Texas at Dallas reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change fees or tuition, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.

Statement on Equal Educational Opportunity
The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, and veteran status. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is also prohibited pursuant to University policy.