If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.
The acceptance rate at UT Dallas is 61%. For every 100 applicants, 61 are admitted.
This means the school is moderately selective. The school expects you to meet their requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but they're more flexible than other schools. If you exceed their requirements, you have an excellent chance of getting in. But if you don't, you might be one of the unlucky minority that gets a rejection letter.
Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.
The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.
The average GPA at UT Dallas is 3.68.
(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. This school did not officially report its average GPA, but we've estimated it here using data from over 1,000 schools.)
With a GPA of 3.68, UT Dallas requires you to be above average in your high school class. You'll need at least a mix of A's and B's, with more A's than B's. You can compensate for a lower GPA with harder classes, like AP or IB classes. This will show that you're able to handle more difficult academics than the average high school student.
If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.68, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.
Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.
You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to UT Dallas. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.
UT Dallas SAT Requirements
Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.
Average SAT: 1310 (Old: 1846)
The average SAT score composite at UT Dallas is a 1310 on the 1600 SAT scale.
On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1846.
This score makes UT Dallas Moderately Competitive for SAT test scores.
UT Dallas SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)
The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1210, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1420. In other words, a 1210 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1420 will move you up to above average.
Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:
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UT Dallas SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)
The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1680, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 2020. In other words, a 1680 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 2020 puts you well above average.
Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:
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SAT Score Choice Policy
The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.
UT Dallas ACT Requirements
Just like for the SAT, UT Dallas likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.
Average ACT: 28
The average ACT score at UT Dallas is 28. This score makes UT Dallas Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.
The 25th percentile ACT score is 25, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 31.
Even though UT Dallas likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 25 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.
ACT Score Sending Policy
If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.
Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.
This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 28 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.
ACT Superscore Policy
By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.
We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to UT Dallas, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 28.
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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements
Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.
UT Dallas requires you to take the SAT/ACT Writing section. They'll use this as another factor in their admissions consideration.
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.
We did not find information that UT Dallas requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.
Though nowhere near the size of some of its fellow state schools, UT Dallas provides its more than 17,000 undergraduates with a wealth of resources, financial aid, and opportunities, striving for "a future of talented and smart individuals." UTD has "one of the best tech schools around" and draws a good deal of students to its STEM programs (one student lovingly calls it "the nerd capital of the UT system"), causing a senior computer engineer to remark: "Engineering and the sciences for the win." The school is without many sports programs (notably football), but instead "emphasizes academics, which is what we are all here for."
Administration is responsive and invested in UTD's growing reputation, and the school "grows and changes year by year, continually getting better and better," with students acting as "a big part of that process." Someone is "always willing to help you with any problem you encounter," and the tutoring available also "really helps in understanding the material." They are dedicated to their students, this being apparent in "their open office hours and timely replies to e-mails."
Most of the professors "are very enthused about what they are teaching and genuinely want us to learn," and bring new topics to light through "very informative" discussion. "Their passion for their subject make it easy to love your classes!" says a student. "I get pushed academically, but I love it," says another. One of the shining benefits of UTD is the chance to get "actively involved with the faculty in research," which provides "several opportunities for honors, and ultimately allows you to prepare for a continued education after undergrad."
There is "no clear majority of one race, creed, or background" at UT Dallas. Since most of the "exceptionally nice" and "very diverse" people are here for the sciences, there are "lots of smart people everywhere" and "everyone here is so open about the geeky side in everyone." Most agree that there could stand to be a bit more of a creative voice on campus and the school would do well to attract "more students to fine arts." Most students are "serious about their academics, but not too serious" and remember to take the time to relax; "video games/card games and…anime" are popular here, as are clubs and organizations.
The "well-kept campus" is "not too large," though "parking is a bit of an issue sometimes." There is a lot of studying going on, so "you can always find a group or just a lot of people hanging around on a specific area studying." "Some people practically build shrines to their GPA's and worship them on weekends," says one sophomore.
A lot of students commute (which makes life "pretty quiet") and there is no football team to rally around, so "it's hard to have a lot of school spirit"; however, "the social scene is definitely growing," and the Student Union acts as the "hub" for the entire school where "students can mingle and find friends." Computer labs also give many the chance to game and have fun (the video game culture is "strong"), and "there are usually always at least five to ten gamers in the room at once." The school provides "many things to do," with campus events like movies happening every week, and people often leave campus to seek more options, such as "movies, bowling, shopping, skating, concert, etc."