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University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas, United States
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Student population Large (More than 10,000)
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Institution type Public

About University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas is an innovative institution in the heart of North Texas on the path to achieving Tier One national research university status.

UT Dallas has grown since its founding in 1969 to include 136 degree programs, with cutting-edge curricula serving a variety of undergraduate and graduate student interests.

The University continues its original commitment to providing some of the state's most-lauded science and engineering programs and has also gained prominence for a breadth of educational paths, from criminology to biomedical engineering to arts and technology.

The wealth of learning resources available to UT Dallas students is the result of a concentrated effort to attract the top minds on both ends of the classroom relationship. Joining the faculty's Nobel laureate and six members of the National Academies are 550 tenured and tenure-track professors hailing from the world's best colleges, including Harvard, MIT, Cambridge and Columbia University. In addition, UT Dallas is home to numerous centers, labs and institutes that facilitate research and opportunities for hands-on learning.

Students, meanwhile, arrive at UT Dallas well-prepared to succeed in higher education: In 2015, 33 percent of freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, and 64 percent ranked in the top 25 percent.

With an eye toward building a future as bright as its beginnings, UT Dallas will continue its push to attain Tier One research university status and produce graduates who are well-equipped to succeed professionally.

Campus information

Life at UT Dallas
Life as a Comet is fun. You'll find things like a full-service residential community, plus athletics, recreational sports and an activity center. You'll also have access to health, counseling and career centers, and a wide range of student organizations to join. Whether you're searching for new friends or for a way to connect with a cause, opportunities abound at UT Dallas.

Student housing offers affordable on-campus living options for those who appreciate being close to classes, dining and recreational opportunities. Incoming freshmen live in our residence halls, and apartments and residence halls are offered to all other students who wish to reside on campus.

Living Learning Communities
Living Learning Communities are groups of freshmen who share common academic goals or interests. Students involved in these communities live in the LLC residence hall, enroll in courses together and participate in customized group activities.

UT Dallas offers an array of dining choices, including the Comet Cafe, The Pub and a large dining hall situated near the residence halls (pictured above). Menu options include burgers, pizza, sushi, sandwiches and hot meals. Other eateries on campus include Jason’s Deli, Papa John’s, Subway, Chick-fil-A and Einstein Bros. Bagels.

Activity Centers
The Activity Center includes a fitness area, racquetball, squash and basketball courts, a climbing wall, a multi-purpose room and an indoor swimming pool. Outdoors there are sand volleyball courts, tennis courts and softball, baseball and soccer fields. A separate facility, Recreation Center West, is located near the residence halls and features indoor courts, a fitness area and a multipurpose room.

The main campus is in the Richardson, Texas, Telecom Corridor, 18 miles (29 km) north of downtown Dallas. The institution, established in 1961 as the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest and later renamed the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies (SCAS), began as a research arm of Texas Instruments. In 1969, the founders bequeathed SCAS to the state of Texas, and Governor Preston Smith signed the bill officially creating The University of Texas at Dallas.


University Commons residence halls feature fully furnished three bedroom suites, a variety of recreation areas, large communal spaces and study lounges.

University Commons Features:
Each suite, accessible by student ID card, includes the following:

Three-bedroom Suite

  • Furnished with loftable bed, desk, chair, and dresser
  • Exterior window with mini-blinds
  • Lockable with key entry
  • Cable, data and convenient electrical outlets
  • View photos of the model suite

Common Living Areas

  • Shared suite entry with student ID card access
  • Living area with couch
  • Area for small refrigerator, microwave and TV (pdf)
  • Built-in counters
  • Shared bathroom with separate shower and toilet
  • Shared vanity includes three sinks
  • Utilities, cable and Internet service provided at no additional cost

Living Learning Communities
Residents are invited to apply to be part of our Living Learning Communities, where freshmen with similar majors and interests live together, study together, participate in social functions and have the opportunity to interact with faculty.

*Students residing in University Commons are required to purchase a meal plan.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 4 Applied, Pure Sciences 3 English Language 1 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2 Law 1


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