University of Texas at Dallas

University of Texas at Dallas

University of Texas at Dallas ( UTD or the UT Dallas) is an academic institution that is a research institute of the public located in Richardson, Texas. It is the biggest public institution in the Dallas region and is the northernmost university within the University of Texas system. It was established by the year 1961 to be a research unit that was part of Texas Instruments.

The university's young age has been noted for its an explosive growth in research output and strict admissions policies for undergraduates since its beginning. In less than 47 years since its establishment and in the year of its founding, its founding was a mere 47 years ago, and the Carnegie Foundation had classified the university as a doctoral research institution and awarded it the "Highest Researchers Activity"--faster than the average university in Texas. The school is affiliated with four Nobel Prizes, and has students from the National Academy of Science and National Academy of Engineering on its faculty , with significant research projects, including the fields in Space Science, Bioengineering, Cybersecurity, Nanotechnology, and Behavioral and Brain Sciences. UT Dallas offers more than 140 academic programs in its eight schools , and is home to over 50 research institutes and research centers.

The school offers the Division III athletics program in the American Southwest Conference and fields 14 intercollegiate teams. This includes an internationally recognized co-ed varsity Esports team. HTML0Additionally the college recruits international players for its Top Four Chess team in the collegiate level.

The main campus is under the jurisdiction of the city of Richardson however, a third of it falls within the boundaries of Dallas County. UTD has several other locations in downtown Dallas including The Crow Museum of Asian Art located in the Arts District as well as several buildings located in the Medical District next to UT Southwestern The Center for BrainHealth as well as the Callier Center for Communication Disorders.


The ratio of students to faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas is 23:1. The school offers 22.8 percent of its classes having less than twenty students. The most sought-after majors in the University of Texas at Dallas are: Computer and Information Sciences General Biology/Biological Sciences General Accounting; Psychology, general; Information Technology; Mechanical Engineering General Finance; Neuroscience; Business/Commerce, General as well as Game as well as Interactive Media Design. The average rate of retention for freshman which is a measure of satisfaction with the school is 88%..


University of Texas at Dallas admissions are more selective, with acceptance rates of 79 percent. Half of the applicants admitted at the University of Texas at Dallas are able to show an SAT score of between 1220-1450 as well as an ACT score between 26 and 33. But, one-quarter of the applicants admitted scored over these ranges and a quarter was below the scores. The deadline for applications is May 1st and the cost for application at University of Texas at Dallas is $50.

Admissions officers of the University of Texas at Dallas believe that a student's GPA is an extremely important aspect of academics. The applicant's grade in their high school as well as the number of letters available are highly valued and recommendations from a teacher are evaluated by admissions officers at the University of Texas at Dallas.


In 2019, U.S. News and World Report in Best Colleges ranked UTD at 129th in the nation and 61st among public universities. In the 2017, Academic Ranking of World Universities put UTD at 71st to 99th within the United States. The Washington Monthly's 2014 Annual College and University Rankings put UTD at 99th place in the United States. Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's 100 Best Values in Public Colleges 2016 put UTD 33rd in value for residents in the state of Indiana and 38th for students from outside the state.

Other ranking include:

  • 17: Nature Index: Top 175 Young Universities of the World (2019)
  • Top Universities Under 50 Years Old (2018), Times Higher Education
  • 31 Overall, 2 Texas, 1 Texas (Public) - Forbes (2019)
  • 33 Overall, 2 Texas - Kiplinger (2016)
  • 37 Overall, 2 Texas - Money Magazine (2016)
  • UTD has been in the Princeton Review Best Value list each year since 2012.
  • In 2017 UTD's MBA program was ranked the top by the ratio of debt-to-salary across the United States according to US News (12:1 ROI).
  • 1 Texas, 1 Southwest USA - Campus Pride Index (2019)
  • UTD is the sole college with the highest score in Texas as well as in the Southwest region (5 out 5 stars).
  • 1 Texas, 27 Overall - College Choice (2019)
  • 1 Texas, 5 Overall - Affordable Colleges (2019)


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