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The University of Texas at Dallas - 2016

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Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


Applying to UT Dallas as a Freshman
Applicants will be evaluated for admission and scholarship purposes as “first-time freshmen” if the students’ first enrollment at a college or university, excluding summer, will occur at UT Dallas within two years of graduating from high school. Applicants are still considered “first-time freshmen” if they earn college credit before high school graduation. Applicants completing coursework at a post-secondary institution after high school graduation should consult transfer admission requirements.
Texas Top 10%
In accordance with Chapter 51 of the Texas Education Code students are automatically admitted to the university as first-time freshmen if they graduate in the top 10% of their class from an accredited Texas high school and successfully complete the Recommended or Distinguished High School Program or earn a Distinguished Level of Achievement. Applicants must have graduated from high school during one of the two school years preceding the academic year for which they seek admission as first-time freshmen and have not attempted any higher education credits since graduation from high school. Applicants admitted because they are in the top 10% of their high school class may be required to complete additional preparatory work before enrolling in the university or complete developmental coursework to remove any deficiencies in their readiness to successfully complete college-level work prior to university graduation.
Assured Admission Criteria
Assured admission is granted to first-time freshmen who have successfully completed the full Texas recommended college-track high school curriculum, and achieved a composite ACT score of 26 or greater, or an SAT score of 1200 (combined math and critical reading) or greater. Assured admission course completion requirements include:
• English Language Arts (4 credits)
• Mathematics (4 credits, including Algebra II)
• Science (4 credits)
• Social Sciences (3 credits)
• Language (2 in a single language other than English)
• Fine Arts (1 credit in music, art, or drama)
Students from private schools and those outside the State of Texas will be considered for admission based on the same academic benchmarks listed above and a comparable high school curriculum.
Reviewed Admission Criteria
All applicants who do not meet the assured admission criteria will enter the reviewed admission process. Reviewed admission decisions are based on the applicant’s composite achievement profile, including:
• High School Rank and GPA.
• Strength of high school curriculum (e.g. Honors, AP, IB, etc.)
• SAT-I or ACT scores.
• Record of accomplishments, honors, awards, community service, work, etc.
• Essay: Topic C (recommended essay topic on application).
• Letters of Recommendation (suggested, but not required, and limited to a maximum of three).

Additional Requirements for International Applicants-
English proficiency is required for all international student applicants from non-native English-speaking countries. The English proficiency requirement can be waived for students from countries whose government language is English and whose education has been in English.
Minimum approved test scores and accepted testing agencies are listed below:
TOEFL iBT (Internet Based): 80

TOEFL (Paper Based): 550
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 67
English 112 (provided by ELS Language Centers): Pass
International Freshman Applicants please see additional documentation requirements.


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