FAQ

Prospective Students:

Can I visit the school for more information?

UT Dallas offers a variety of on-campus prospective student events, including Scholar's Day for high school students, parents and transfer students and Preview Friday, designed specifically for transfer students. Campus tours are regularly scheduled at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays. Contact the office of Enrollment Services or visit the links to schedule your visit. Graduate students should contact Enrollment Services and the Arts and Technology graduate advisor, Chip Wood.

Where can I find information on CLEP, AP and IB score credit?

You may access the UT Dallas equivalency charts for these exams online or through the Office of Enrollment Services. Once admitted to the program, your scores will not automatically be applied to your transcript, so please make your academic advisor aware of any exams you have taken.

How do I find out more information on housing and financial aid?

The Enrollment Services office offers a section on its website entitled steps after being admitted in which links to housing, financial aid and enrollment information are available for freshman, transfer and graduate students.

Current and Incoming Students:

When do I register for classes?

Your classification (based on the number of hours you have completed) will determine how and when you register for classes.While you are considered a Freshman you will have to register with an academic advisor. All other classifications (sophomore, junior and senior) will be able to register themselves online. Check the Academic Calendar to determine what day you may begin registration, and check your Orion account for your specific registration window.

What is the registration process?

Step 1 - Check the Academic Calendar and familiarize yourself with deadlines! Registration begins in November for spring classes and in April for summer and fall classes, so review the calendar at least two to three weeks in advance.

Step 2 - Review your degree plan and decide whether you need to meet with an advisor for questions or to register for classes. Make your appointments ahead of time.

Step 3- Before your advising appointment plan out your schedule. Access Course Lookup for class offerings and make a list of first, second and third choices. Make a list of any questions you have for your advisor so that you are able to get as much out of your appointment as possible.

Step 4- Check for any advising holds you may have from things such as parking and library fines or missing transcripts and get them taken care of before the day you are able to register.

Step 5- Register for classes with an advisor or online. Keep in mind that some classes may have mandatory labs or problem sections that have separate call numbers. You may be able to take classes up to three times for credit. Check the UT Dallas Catalog course descriptions to determine whether a class may be repeated for credit.

How many hours should I take during a semester?

To be considered a full-time student, you must enroll in at least 12 hours of coursework. The average UT Dallas course load is 15 hours.

How often should I meet with my advisor?

It is beneficial to periodically check in with an advisor to make sure that you are on track to graduation, inquire about career advising, keep up to date on changes within the program, and develop a relationship in which he or she can get to know you and your specific needs.

Advising meetings are mandatory for:

  • freshmen students
  • students who have completed less than 30 hours of coursework
  • first time transfer students
  • any student who is attending UT Dallas for the first time
  • students on probation - students with a GPA below 2.00 are placed on academic probation and must register with an advisor
  • 75 hour audits - students who have successfully completed 75 hours of coursework must meet with an advisor for a degree audit
  • change of major: any student who would like to switch their major to one in Arts and Humanities must meet with an A&H advisor
  • submission of graduation application - graduating students must meet with an advisor to fill out an application (check the academic calendar for submission deadlines)

What is the difference between upper level electives and advanced electives?

Upper-level elective: 3000 or 4000 level course inside or outside of your major
Advanced elective: 3000 or 4000 level outside of your major only

What is a 75 hour degree audit?

When students have approximately 30 hours left to complete at UT Dallas, a registration hold is placed on their student information (SIS) account. Each student is required to make an appointment with his or her academic advisor to go over a degree audit. This is designed to make sure that students are on track to graduate and to give them an idea of which classes are left to complete for degree requirements.

Am I able to take classes at community college once I am a UT Dallas student?

Most of your core curriculum and lower level degree requirements (left-hand side of degree plan) have equivalencies that can be taken at some of the area community colleges. Visit the 2+2 Transfer Guides for specifics. You may take classes concurrently at UT Dallas and a community college by filling out a transfer pre-approval form with your advisor and submitting it to the registrar's office. If you have financial aid, you will also need to submit a consortium agreement.

What policies should I be aware of?

Check the Undergraduate Catalog to stay up to date on all policies and procedures. Here are a few to be especially aware of:

3-Peat Rule

An undergraduate student is limited to three grade-bearing enrollment attempts at UT Dallas for any specific class. An enrollment is considered grade-bearing if a student receives a distributed grade (i.e. A through F) or a mark of 'W', 'WP', 'WF', 'NC' or 'CR'. Courses cross-listed under more than one course prefix are considered the same course.

A student attempting the same class for the third time at UT Dallas will be charged a penalty fee equivalent to the out-of-state-tuition for the same number of semester credit hours. Students will not be able to register for a class at UT Dallas after they have attempted it three times and must gain credit through taking the equivalent at another school.

24/30 rule

Per graduation requirements, 24 of your last 30 hours of coursework must be taken at UT Dallas. This means that only six of your last 30 hours can be taken elsewhere.

6 withdrawal rule (new!)

First time freshmen students who entered Texas state schools in Fall 2007 and all future incoming students are alloted six chances to withdraw from a course after census day, during their entire academic career. After a student has received six "w's" on his or her transcript, he or she is no longer permitted to attend any Texas state school.