Fast Facts


The University of Texas at Dallas is a rapidly growing public research university that combines innovative programs in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) with highly ranked management programs. Founded 50 years ago by the visionary entrepreneurs who started Texas Instruments, UT Dallas offers more than 140 academic programs in critical fields including nanotechnology and neuroscience.

Forbes ranked UT Dallas No. 1 among Texas public universities for value.

The Princeton Review has consistently named UT Dallas to its list of Best Value Colleges — academically outstanding colleges that guide students to rewarding careers without burdening them with excessive debt.

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The University has a total enrollment of 28,755: 69% undergraduates and 31% graduate students.



Student Body Ethnicity:

  • Anglo (29%)
  • International (20%)
  • Asian-American (25%)
  • Hispanic (14%)
  • African-American (5%)
  • Unknown/Other (2%)
  • Two or More Races (3%)
  • Native American (0.1%)
  • Native Hawaiian (0.1%)

Top Undergraduate Majors:

  • Computer Science
  • Biology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Neuroscience
  • Arts and Technology
  • Healthcare Studies
  • Information Technology and Systems
  • Business Administration

Top Graduate Programs:

  • Computer Science
  • Energy Management
  • Information Technology and Management
  • Business Administration
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Accounting
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Financial Engineering and Risk Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Communication Disorders
  • Humanities
Our mascot, Temoc - a light blue comet man with flame orange hair.



  • 5,000 students live on campus
  • Nearly 6,000 international students representing more than 100 countries call UT Dallas home
  • Average entering freshman SAT score for fall 2018 was 1324
  • Average and mean ACT score: 28
  • Average class rank: About 37% of entering freshmen ranked in the top 10% of their high school classes

We are the Comets.

National Rankings

The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education recognizes The University of Texas at Dallas as Carnegie R1 (Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity). UT Dallas is among 130 universities in the United States with this classification.

A top-ranked top educational value

No. 37 among public universities for best value by Money Magazine.

Top Colleges That Pay Off, The Princeton Review.

No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report’s
“Top 10 MBA Programs Where Grads Make More than They Owe” based on salary-to-debt ratios.

Academic Programs

More than 140
academic programs across 8 schools.

Funded Research

by fiscal year

$99 million (2015)
$106 million (2016)
$113 million (2017)
$122 million (2018)


Number of programs per degree type

  • Bachelor of Arts degree programs: 50
  • Master’s degree programs: 60
  • PhD programs: 30
  • Professional doctorate programs: 1

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UT Dallas has more than 570 tenured and tenure-track professors including Nobel laureate Russell A. Hulse and six National Academies members.


UT Dallas has more than 112,000 alumni worldwide
Two-thirds of graduates stay in DFW after graduation, adding to the area’s talent pipeline

In 2015, UT Dallas alumnus, Dr. Aziz Sancar PhD’77
was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Dr. Tomas Lindahl and Dr. Paul Modrich.

Other notable alumni include:

  • Naveen Jindal – Chairman, Jindal Steel & Power
  • Linda Koop – Texas State Representative
  • James Von Ehr II – CEO of Zyvex Corp
  • Sam Gilliland – Chair, US Travel & Tourism
  • Brian McCall – Texas State University System
  • Angie Chen Button – Texas State Representative
  • Dr. James F. Reilly II – NASA Astronaut, retired

Several students seated together outdoors. All are wearing Comets shirts.


Student Life

UT Dallas has more than 300 student organizations, and 26 national Greek-letter fraternities and sororities.

Members of the cheerleading team.


Comet Athletics

With 26 conference titles since 2002, the Comets are powerhouse contenders in the NCAA Division III American Southwest Conference. UT Dallas fields 300 student-athletes and 14 intercollegiate teams, including a coed esports squad launched in 2018.

Members of the esports program showcase the facility.


In its inaugural season, UT Dallas esports ended the season ranked 20th in the nation in the ESPN Esports College League of Legends Coaches Poll. The “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” team won first place in the Collegiate Starleague Southern Division Conference, making UT Dallas the top-ranked team in the South. The program’s two Overwatch teams both ended the season in the Top 64, with one reaching the Sweet 16.

A student volunteer smiling and interacting with two children.
8,894 Service Hours


The Office of Student Volunteerism hosted 177 events for students, in partnership with at least 78 nonprofit agencies, during the 2015-2016 academic year. Through the OSV, 4,779 Comets completed 8,894 service hours, with an estimated dollar value amount of $219,344 ($23.40 per volunteer rate per hour, per Independent Sector) donated toward improving communities.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

UT Dallas welcomed 172 freshman National Merit Scholars in 2018.

Approximately 70% of UT Dallas undergraduates receive need-based aid, merit scholarships or other financial aid.

In 2017, 67% of UT Dallas seniors graduated with no student debt as compared to Texas at 45% and the U.S. average of 35%.