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Location
Richardson, TX
Undergrads
9,136
Tuition (in-state)
$25,084 ($10,666)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The facility is amazing; however, the workload of the program can be overwhelming. This degree plan typically takes students 5 years to finish.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at the school are the best. I have not had a professor that I did not enjoy or a curriculum that did not cease to take my attention away from my schoolwork.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: This school is rated the number three public school in Texas right after UT and A&M, which speaks volumes in itself considering it was only founded in 1969. The programs are all taught and run by a series of professors who mostly care a great deal about student development, although there are a couple stragglers who seem to only teach for research benefits. It's not easy being any major at UTD, but the staff makes it worth it to attend.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The workload is pretty heavy at UTD, and the work is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. That being said, the overall level of academia that is upheld is fairly impressive, and the professors are truly helpful for the most part. There are plenty of places to receive help and study on campus, and most students are genuinely helpful in giving directions or study advice when needed.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I love my program! I am and Emerging Media and Communications major. I have only completed one semester but I had the best experience. The professor were great and I loved all of my assignments.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 36th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 142nd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 258th
    Best Registration Process
  • 477th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 595th
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tue Tran
Hometown
Hanoi, Vietnam
Major
Accounting, MIS
Grad Year
2015
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Anyone who knows something about the school will probably tell you that UT Dallas is quite "nerdy." For the most part, the University lives up to this reputation by providing a good quality education. While the workload barely gets way out of control, students need to take studying seriously to earn good grades, and most do. The seven schools design major plans for students, mixing in special programs such as the departmental honors programs or career development sessions. While the academics can provide good challenges, they lean more toward vocational and researching purposes rather than a liberal arts education. Therefore, if you come here expecting many rhetoric discussions of poetry and history, or enlightening lectures by extremely articulate professors, you may be disappointed. On the other hand, students with a clearer sense of what to do and where to improve can get invaluable lessons for their future career path. A good indicator of the UTD education can be seen in the strong growth of the engineering and management schools, and the weaker influence of the economics and interdisciplinary studies schools over academics.

One thing most students approve about UTD is the faculty’s quality. Professors are knowledgeable and passionate, and they eagerly get to know students at a personal level. Don’t be surprised to see your favorite professor hitting the gym every morning or monitoring a student club as an adviser. Also, have absolutely no hesitation to seek advice from the professors—they will be happy to help you out. That being said, the professors can sometimes be too easy, letting grade inflation occur, which can hinder a student’s true potential. The advising department isn’t very helpful, mostly because it is always overworked and understaffed, and thus, cannot provide more personal assistance.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
22:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
634
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
210
Total FT Faculty
637
Faculty with Terminal Degree
91%
Average Faculty Salary
$106,779
Full-Time Retention Rate
85%
Part-Time Retention Rate
64%
Transfer-Out Rate
23%
Graduation Rate
64%
Programs/Majors Offered
63
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 22%
  • 20 to 49 students: 47%
  • 50 or more students: 31%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Naveen Jindal School of Management
  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
  • School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 6%
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Business/Commerce, General: 3%
  • Finance, General: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
UT Dallas does offer online courses, but only to graduate students. The standards and workload are on par with campus courses, and students can communicate with instructors via phone or email through eLearning, the online learning system for UTD students. Students can log in to manage the calendar, do assignments, submit presentations, and communicate with the instructors, just to name a few functions.
Best Places to Study
  • Comet CafĂ©
  • Computer labs
  • McDermott Library
  • Study lounges at residential buildings
Tips to Succeed
  • Join a club, play a sport, volunteer. Do something-anything. On average, schoolwork shouldn't take you more than five to-just to include everyone-eight hours every day, so you've got plenty of time for other activities. Clubs and organizations on campus are friendly and easy to join, and leadership positions are open to freshmen, too. If you have ideas for a new club or project, don't hesitate to gather like-minded people and set off on realizing your brainchild.
  • Study hard, and study well. UT Dallas isn't the most academically challenging institution in the nation, so don't satisfy yourself with a mere "Pass" or a 3.0-plus GPA. Aim for that 4.0 at the end of each semester, and if you do get it, you will be in wonderful shape for whatever awaits you post-graduation.
  • The student-to-faculty ratio in UTD is pretty high, so don't expect your professors to automatically know you and the poignant story of your life. On the flip side, any effort to create a real relationship with your professors will be quickly noted and rewarded. Be active in class, email them your questions, and occasionally drop by their office to have a short, casual chat-don't abuse it!-and you will find yourself loving your professors, and their classes, in no time. Many professors aren't shy to admit they tend to be more lenient to students whose name and face they can match instantly.
Did You Know?
Many students claim they have developed "accent listening" skills because some of their professors come from abroad-such as China, Ethiopia, or India-and carry a slight accent with them. It's not a problem at all, though, so don't worry if you don't already have this awesome superpower.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 59 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 56 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% Naveen Jindal - Indian politician
  • 21% Charles "Chuck" Davidson - CEO of Noble Energy
  • 14% Melendy Lovett - president of Texas Instruments
  • 7% James Reilly - distinguished geologist, astronaut
  • 7% James Von Ehr II - founder and CEO of Zyvex Corp.

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