University of Texas at Dallas: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

A Residence Hall at the University of Texas at Dallas

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The University of Texas at Dallas is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 79%. Located in Richardson, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, UT Dallas is a member of The University of Texas System. The university offers 140 academic programs through its eight schools. The most popular undergraduate majors include computer science, business, and mechanical engineering. Academics are supported by a 24-to-1 student/faculty ratio. In athletics, the UTD Comets compete in the NCAA Division III American Southwest Conference.

Considering applying to UT Dallas? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, the University of Texas at Dallas had an acceptance rate of 79%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 79 students were admitted, making UT Dallas' admissions process somewhat less competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 14,327
Percent Admitted 79%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 36%

SAT Scores and Requirements

UT Dallas requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 85% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 610 710
Math 630 750
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UT Dallas' admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to UT Dallas scored between 610 and 710, while 25% scored below 610 and 25% scored above 710. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 630 and 750, while 25% scored below 630 and 25% scored above 750. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1460 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at UT Dallas.

Requirements

The University of Texas at Dallas requires the optional SAT essay section. Note that UT Dallas participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

UT Dallas requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 42% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 34
Math 26 33
Composite 26 33

This admissions data tells us that most of UT Dallas' admitted students fall within the top 18% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UT Dallas received a composite ACT score between 26 and 33, while 25% scored above 33 and 25% scored below 26.

Requirements

Note that UT Dallas does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. UT Dallas requires the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

The University of Texas at Dallas does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs. In 2019, over 70% of admitted students who provided data indicated that they ranked in the top quarter of their high school class.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Texas at Dallas Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Texas at Dallas Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the University of Texas at Dallas. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of Texas at Dallas, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, UT Dallas is interested in more than test scores and GPAs. The university uses the ApplyTexas application which requires information about your high school coursework and extracurricular activities. The admissions office wants to see that you have taken challenging college preparatory classes and have an upward trend in grades. Applicants should also consider including an optional essay, letters of recommendation, and resume to boost their application. Students who attend an accredited public or private high school in Texas, rank in the top 10% of their class, and achieve the "Distinguished Level of Achievement", are eligible for automatic admission to UT Dallas.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were accepted. You'll notice that the majority of successful applicants had at "B+" averages or higher in high school, and they had combined SAT scores of about 1100 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 22 or higher.