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3.4.3 - 2007 Reaffirmation Teams

The institution publishes admissions policies consistent with its mission.

Compliance Judgment



In accordance with its mission statement, the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) seeks to admit students who have the potential to become “engaged graduates, prepared for life, work, and leadership in a constantly changing world [1].” Using no single characteristic to determine admission eligibility, deans, associate deans, faculty committees, and enrollment services personnel review applications in an attempt to offer admission to students who can succeed in the difficult and transdisciplinary program of study that UT Dallas offers.

Both undergraduate and graduate admission policies are consistent with the university’s mission and its goals to become “a first-rank public research university with focused centers of excellence” and “a global force in innovative, transdisciplinary research and education in emerging areas of technology, science, and learning [1].” As a selective admission institution, the criteria used in selecting students vary as a function of the individual’s classification, the particular program for which the student seeks entrance, and whether the applicant is seeking acceptance into an undergraduate [2] [3] or graduate program [4].

Freshman Admission

In accord with Chapter 51 of the Texas Education Code (TEC) [5], students are automatically admitted to the university as first-time freshmen if they successfully complete the recommended curriculum and graduate in the top 10% of their class from an accredited Texas high school. Applicants must have graduated from high school during one of the two school years preceding the academic year for which they seek admission as first-time freshmen and have not attempted any higher education credits since graduation from high school. Applicants admitted because they are in the top 10% of their high school class may be required to complete additional preparatory work before enrolling in the university. They may also be required to remove any deficiencies in their high school course work before graduating from the university.

Outside the 10% rule, all other freshman applications are reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Education and the associate deans who comprise the Council for Undergraduate Education (CUE) [6]. The review process gives primary consideration to an applicant’s scores on standardized tests and high school record although no specific class rank, test score, or other qualification by itself assures admission except as described above under automatic admissions. The hard copy and online versions of the undergraduate catalog [7] as well as the Office of Enrollment Services website [8] provide detailed information on the various student characteristics considered in the admission process as well as the required high school curricular elements.

UT Dallas’ freshman admission policies have produced a talented freshman pool based on the characteristics of incoming freshman classes over the last eight years [9]. In the last nine years, the size of the freshman class has almost doubled while the average Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score increased by more than 60 points. While smaller in size than either of the two other Texas selective admission public institutions, Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), the average SAT scores of UT Dallas freshmen have been comparable for the last few years [10].

Transfer Undergraduate Students

Transfer students form an important part of the undergraduate university. Each fall UT Dallas admits comparable numbers of transfer students and incoming freshmen. Transfer admission decisions are based on previous college or university grades with different criteria used for transfer freshmen as opposed to students with advanced standing [3]. Most transfer students have previously attended local community colleges where their course selection was influenced by transfer guides published by the university and designed specifically for select groups of community college systems [11]. Each guide provides a list of the programs for which students might apply [12] and a detailed guide for that program’s courses both at that college and at UT Dallas [13]. As discussed in the response to Principle 3.4.7 [14], UT Dallas has signed articulation agreements with a number of area community colleges that specify the conditions under which their students will be automatically admitted into UT Dallas upon completion of the associate’s degree.

Special Admission Conditions

UT Dallas also admits a number of students under special conditions. Among these are the Academic Fresh Start Program, high school concurrent enrollees, non-degree seeking students, and transient students, as well as those students seeking second degrees [15]. In all cases, these students must meet the same academic standards as those individuals who seek admission into degree programs. International applicants must meet all academic eligibility standards as well as demonstrate adequate language competency, financial responsibility, and health insurance coverage [16].

Graduate Admission

As published in both the hard copy and online versions of the graduate catalog and online in the Graduate Student Guide [17], the graduate programs use general admissions standards such as a previous undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, a “B” average on all undergraduate upper-division coursework, the completion of the appropriate standardized examination as required by the specific program requirements, and minimum language competency in English for those who are not native speakers of English [4]. The appropriate degree program’s Graduate Committee, in concert with the associate dean for graduate education in the school (who serves as a member of the Graduate Council [18]), further reviews all degree-seeking graduate student applications to the program. As stated in the appropriate sections of the graduate catalog, to be admitted as a regular degree-seeking student in a graduate degree-granting program, an applicant must meet the general admission requirements as well as the specific admission criteria of the degree-granting program to which the student has applied. For example, in the School of Arts and Humanities, graduate admission requirements differ among the programs, as listed in the Graduate Catalog:

“Each application is considered on its individual merits. Normally students applying for admission to the Graduate Program in Arts and Technology should have a previous academic degree (B.A. or B.S.) in an appropriate field (i.e., Art, Computer Science), a grade point average of 3.3 (especially in upper-division undergraduate work), and evidence of previous course work and/or expertise in the creative arts and digital technology.

Normally students applying for admission to the Graduate Program in Humanities should have previous academic degrees (B.A. or M.A.) in arts and humanities fields and a grade point average of 3.3 (especially in upper-division undergraduate or graduate work).

Normally students applying for admission to the Graduate Program in History should have a previous degree (B.A. or B.S.) in history or related disciplines and a grade point average of 3.3 (especially in upper-division undergraduate work) [19].”

In accord with Chapter 51 of the TEC [20] decisions on admission to degree-granting graduate programs at UT Dallas are based on holistic considerations of all information contained in the application material submitted, including academic, career, and personal histories. Standardized test scores and coursework GPA levels cited in the catalog descriptions of some degree programs are listed for advisory purposes only and indicate the typical achievement levels of students enrolled and succeeding in the various programs. No single quantitative or qualitative measure or any specific combination thereof constitutes a definitive standard for admission. Rather, each application will be considered individually and each applicant’s complete profile of strengths and prospects for successful completion of the program will be evaluated [4].

Distance Learning Programs

None of the current admission processes require students to demonstrate proficiency for distance learning or online learning; however applicants have access to an online survey to help them determine if distance learning is a viable option [21] [22]. Newly admitted students must contact their advisor(s) before registering for classes during the first term of enrollment. As a result, students entering distance education programs, such as the Global MBA program, have access to an advisor for questions and a number of online resources, including a generic Distance Learning Web Site [23] and the Global MBA resources [24].

As noted above, UT Dallas publishes its admission policies for the general institutional programs as well as for the specific academic programs in the Undergraduate Catalog and the Graduate Catalog and online in the catalog sites, the Office of Enrollment Services site, the Graduate Student Guide, and the various graduate academic program sites.

Supporting Documents

Footnote Document
[1]UT Dallas Mission Statement
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 11.70 KB (statement1017)
[2]Freshmen Admission Requirements
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 43.42 KB (catalog1001)
[3]UG Transfer Credit Policy
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 92.14 KB (catalog1031)
[4]Graduate Admission Requirements
PDF Document, 6 Pages, 21.26 KB (catalog1005)
[5]Texas Education Code 51.803 Freshmen Automatic Admission
PDF Document, 4 Pages, 14.19 KB (catalog1000)
[6]Charge of the Council for UG Education
PDF Document, 1 Page, 9.16 KB (bylaw1008)
[7]UT Dallas Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2008
PDF Document, 67 Pages, 757.33 KB (catalog1046)
[8]UT Dallas Office of Enrollment Services online information for prospective Freshmen student - dated 20070624
PDF Document, 1 Page, 27.60 KB (publication1053)
[9]UT Dallas Freshman Enrollment and Average SAT Scores 1998-2006
PDF Document, 1 Page, 57.22 KB (chart1098)
[10]Freshman Class Characteristics
PDF Document, 1 Page, 9.51 KB (table1003)
[11]Transfer Guides Website
PDF Document, 1 Page, 11.11 KB (statement1199)
[12]Transfer Guides Collin County Community College Course Equivalency Tables Website
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 21.64 KB (statement1207)
[13]School of Engineering and Computer Science 2006-2008 Transfer Guide for Dallas County Community College District
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 31.08 KB (table1049)
[14]Principle 3.4.7 - Consortial Programs (u331)
Link to UT Dallas 2007-ccr Compliance Certification Report
[15]Special Admits Admission Requirements
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 44.78 KB (catalog1003)
[16]International Admission Requirements
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 42.93 KB (catalog1004)
[17]Graduate Student Guide
PDF Document, 47 Pages, 790.99 KB (manual1043)
[18]Policy Memorandum 02-III.21-87 UT Dallas Council of Graduate Education
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 10.50 KB (memo1029)
[19]Arts and Humanities Admission requirements by Program in Grad Catalog
PDF Document, 3 Pages, 15.74 KB (publication1146)
[20]Texas Education Code - Subchapter W. Admission and Scholarship Policies for Graduate and Professional Programs
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 10.47 KB (policy1135)
[21]Self-assessment quiz for prospective Global MBA Online students for Distance Education - dated 20070502
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 31.52 KB (survey1012)
[22]Instructions for Distance Learning students. Includes link to a self-assessment quiz for those interested in enrolling in Distance Learning - dated 20070624
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 22.98 KB (instruction1025)
[23]Distance Learning Getting Started with WebCT Technical Requirements Website
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 26.67 KB (statement1224)
[24]Global MBA Online Student Services
PDF Document, 2 Pages, 29.14 KB (statement1217)
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