Largest Freshman Class Pushes UT Dallas Enrollment Past 21,000
Student Body is 7 Percent Larger Than in Fall 2012; Freshmen Increase 44 Percent to 2,231

UT Dallas Enrollment Growth Chart

Enrollment has grown 45 percent since 2005. For more information about preliminary enrollment figures, read "President Champions Growth With Commitment to Excellence."

Student enrollment has grown more than 7 percent since fall 2012, thanks to the largest freshman class in UT Dallas’ history, according to Census Day figures.

The preliminary enrollment tally of 21,145 shows a record 2,231 new freshmen – a 44 percent increase since last year. Students new to campus also include 1,764 transfers and 2,400 graduate students.

“We are pleased to see this continued remarkable growth in the student body, which indicates that we are following the intentions of our strategic plan,” said President David E. Daniel. “A steady enrollment growth is a key goal in establishing UT Dallas among the nation’s leading research universities.”


  • 61.5 percent of students are undergraduates, 38.5 percent are graduate students.
  • The retention rate for freshmen who returned from fall 2012 is 89 percent.
  • 56 percent of students are male, 44 percent are female.
  • 38 percent of freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their graduating high school class.


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The freshman class, which has posted an average SAT score of 1261 – among the highest for Texas public universities – also brings the largest number of National Merit Scholars (88) in the University’s history, topping the 63 who arrived on campus in 2012. The scholars join 115 continuing National Merit winners, for a total of 203 on campus.

The University's strategic plan calls for the student body to grow to between 25,000 and 30,000 by 2020.

Preliminary numbers indicate that the student population has grown 7.2 percent since fall 2012 and 45 percent since 2005. 

About 63 percent of the freshmen are in the STEM majors, led by biology, accounting and computer science. Nearly 80 percent of master’s students are concentrated in two schools: the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Dr. Lawrence Redlinger, executive director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis, credited the enrollment growth to UT Dallas’ academic excellence and high-demand majors.

“The fact that we could grow our enrollment dynamically shows that students are attracted to the rigorous menu of programs that the University offers,” Redlinger said.

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