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About UT Dallas


The University of Texas at Dallas is a rising public research powerhouse with more than 28,000 students in eight schools and more than 140 academic degrees including top-ranked programs in business, engineering, science, audiology and arts and technology. The campus community is enriched by a commitment to the arts, service learning opportunities and an athletics program with new esports teams. UTD students, faculty, staff and alumni continue to rise to new challenges, proving that Comets shine bright.

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Rankings & Achievements

The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education designated UT Dallas as an “R1” doctoral-granting university of the highest research activity. The faculty includes a Nobel laureate as well as members of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
Number Fourfastest growing public doctoral university in the country according to The Chronicle of Higher Education
number onebest value public university in Texas on Forbes list of America's Best Value Colleges
Seven Yearsnamed a Best Value College by The Princeton Review
64 percentof UT Dallas seniors graduated with no student debt in 2018 as compared to Texas at 44% and the U.S. average of 35%
544National Merit Scholars enrolled, including 193 freshmen in Fall 2018
More than one billion dollarsin development and 4 million new or renovated square feet have been added in the past decade

A Dynamic Past

The University’s roots go back to 1961 when three founders of Texas Instruments — Eugene McDermott, Erik Jonsson and Cecil Green — established the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest as a source of advanced research and trained scientists to benefit the state and the nation.

History Timeline


A Bright Future

In 2018, the University released a new Strategic Plan, which specifies critical issues that must be addressed successfully during the next five years for UT Dallas to continue its trajectory to be one of the world’s great universities.

Strategic Plan



The University of Texas at Dallas provides the State of Texas and the nation with excellent, innovative education and research.

The University is committed to graduating well-rounded citizens whose education has prepared them for rewarding lives and productive careers in a constantly changing world; to continually improving educational and research programs in the arts and sciences, engineering, and management; and to assisting the commercialization of intellectual capital generated by students, staff and faculty.
“UT Dallas is different by design. The differences are our defining characteristics. We are the school where the ‘rock stars’ do things like make animated films, build robots and play chess. We’re the school where students regularly win at the national level in debate, engineering design and competition for business ideas. And UTD is the proud home to fine student- athletes, more than a few of whom have achieved Academic All-American status. For those reasons and many more, students are choosing UTD in ever-increasing numbers.”

Dr. Richard C. Benson, President of UT Dallas Read more about Dr. Benson