The University of Texas at Dallas accepts roughly half of all applicants. To get in, you'll need to have solid standardized test scores and grades. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were accepted. You'll notice that the majority of successful applicants had at "B+" averages or higher in high school, and they had combined SAT scores of about 1650 or higher and ACT composite scores of 23 or higher. If you have taken appropriate high school classes, UT Dallas will admit you if you have an SAT score (CR+M) of 1200 or better, ACT composite score of 26 or better, or a class rank in the top 15%.
Admission is not guaranteed if you don't meet those cut-off numbers, and you'll notice several red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue in the middle part of the graph. Many students with grades and test scores that were potentially on target for UT Dallas did not get in. You'll also see that the opposite is true -- some students were accepted with test scores and grades that were a little below the norm. This is because UT Dallas uses more than numbers for making many of its admissions decisions. The university uses the ApplyTexas application which includes information about your extracurricular activities. Also, the university wants to see that you have taken challenging college preparatory classes, not just classes that earn you an easy "A." Finally, for students who have important personal information to share with the admissions committee, UT Dallas gives students the option of writing an essay about specific challenges, opportunities, or achievements. If your grades and test scores are borderline for admission, you should certainly take advantage of the essay option.
To learn more about UT Dallas, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- UT Dallas Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?