Richardson, TX
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$25,084 ($10,666)
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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: University of Texas at Dallas has a very diverse campus which allows students of different backgrounds to find acceptance on campus. The campus is very friendly and offers many organizations for students to get involved with.

4 College Junior

Diversity: UTD is a great and ethnically diverse campus. From American to Indian and national citizen to international student, UTD's demographics are across the spectrum. I find it encouraging, challenging, and enlightening to study and learn about other parts of the world simultaneously. Befriending people in other cultures is interesting to become familiar with and slowly understand the more you spend time around campus.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity on campus is quite impressive, especially with the LGBT community and the religious community. There are little to no challenges when it comes to being accepted into a club, activity, or community. Everyone who participates in these clubs are very open minded.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are always going to be jerks when it comes to acceptance. No matter what. I would say that UTD has an overall open-minded campus, and supports those who are both religious and not, LGBT and not, etc.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Everybody seems to be very acceptant of diverse people and different ethnicities because most students are of different backgrounds.


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  • 86th
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  • 453rd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tue Tran
Hanoi, Vietnam
Accounting, MIS
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There was once a joke at UT Dallas that Indian students here make up 50 percent of the population, while the rest are Chinese. This joke is bad, at least statistically, since nearly 50 percent of the students are white, while non-US citizens only account for less than 5 percent. What makes UTD sometimes seem like a minority school is the large body of Asian American and Hispanic students. This interesting mix of ethnicity creates a unique cultural hot spot that is UT Dallas, ranging from the purely American to the heavily foreign to those in the middle and influenced by both. UTD students, with few exceptions, love this diversity, and welcome all opportunities to meet new people and share their cultures and beliefs.

Speaking of beliefs, it’s common to meet people who hold political or religious ideals opposite of your own. Have no fear: Embrace the differences to explore new depths in your beliefs. Students and faculty members frequently talk about current events around the world, and, more often than not, the discrepancies and multiperspectives help enrich these discussions. Of course, you can always close your eyes, cover your ears, and not speak a word about these topics, but few choose to do so. At a place so globalized as UT Dallas, it’s easier and more fun to accept and integrate diversity into your life than make unintelligent—and not funny—racist jokes.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 16%
20-21: 23%
22-24: 32%
25+: 30%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 69%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Generally, the LGBT community will find UT Dallas a pleasant college experience. Homophobia, however, still exists here and there, lurking in the heterosexist jokes, rumors of potential LGBT students, and subsequent frowns. The conservative and Christian influences typical of Texas contribute somewhat to this state, but any discrimination, if at all, is almost never seen or felt. There are organizations dedicated to helping the LGBT on campus. The Student Counseling Center welcomes students seeking guidance at no extra cost, while the Galerstein Women's Center offers an open and sympathetic community to anyone in need. The Multicultural Center and Dragonflies (Asian gay social group) represent cultural diversity's power in combating homophobia.
Political Activity
Being a Texas public university, UTD has a surprising amount of politically left-leaning students. One third of the students surveyed consider themselves liberal, while only 20 percent of them lean right. Moderate, or nonleaning, students take up another third, and overall roughly 40 percent of the students believes their campus to be politically independent.
Despite fighting restlessly for the development of UTD and the well-being of its "citizens," the student government has yet to receive its due share of attention. The government's events are still somewhat ignored by the majority of students, its affairs attended to only by the most active students on campus. All being said, UTD students largely acknowledge the SG's proactive role is improving the University for one and for all.
Economic Status
Economic disparity exists on campus, but it's neither too apparent nor severe. You won't see a lot of rich kids on campus, and you can be the only one of your kind if you drive a Lamborghini. Many students are on scholarship while others work part time to pay for tuition and living, so you tend not to see a lot of big spenders. Even those entirely covered for by affluent parents don't seem to live too lavishly, and students of various economic backgrounds hang out with each other all the time. People are not afraid to cash out on their hobby or passion, though, be it a pingpong paddle, a DJ station, or a car.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is probably the most popular religion on campus-to nobody's surprise. It's not unusual for Christian students to "introduce" the religion to nonbelievers, either. Nonetheless, international students from India, the Middle East, and East Asia bring with them unique features of their own religions. For example, Islamic students are visible on campus, and celebrations for the Lunar New Year attract and excite a big part of the student population. Atheists also have an organization of their own, called Atheists, Skeptics, & Humanists (ASH). These religious groups operate in harmony with each other, encouraging respect and empathy.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs on campus are many. International students from different places, from the Philippines to Korea and Mexico, have their own student association to organize cultural events and carry out community service projects. Associations for finance, accounting, and engineering also exist for Hispanic students. Overall, these minority organizations are active and effective in enriching the diverse college experience for UT Dallas students.
Did You Know?
Many of the student government's projects are popular and well-received, including free passes for Dallas public transportation (the DART), free blue books, pencils and Scantrons, and airport pickups for international students, to name a few.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 70 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 24% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 19% Conservative
  • 24% Moderate
  • 16% Liberal
  • 9% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 70 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 24% Moderate
  • 37% Not sure
  • 23% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 69 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 68 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 71 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 27% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 72% Very accepting.



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