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The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas or UTD) is a public research university in the University of Texas System. 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 officially creating The University of Texas at Dallas.
The Carnegie Foundation classifies the university as a doctoral research university with “Highest Research Activity” and the undergraduate admissions as “more selective,” both being the highest rank conferred by the foundation. Notable university faculty members & alumni include recipients of the Nobel Prize, and members of both the National Academy of Science and National Academy of Engineering. Research projects include the areas of Space Science, Bioengineering, Cybersecurity, Nanotechnology, and Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The University of Texas at Dallas offers more than 138 academic programs across its eight schools and hosts more than 50 research centers and institutes. With a number of interdisciplinary degree programs, its curriculum is designed to allow study that crosses traditional disciplinary lines and to enable students to participate in collaborative research labs.
The school has a Division III athletics program in the American Southwest Conference and fields 13 intercollegiate teams. The university recruits worldwide for its chess team and has a nationally recognized debate team. For spring 2015 commencement, the university granted 1,779 bachelor’s degrees, 1,685 master’s degrees and 89 PhDs for a total of 3,553 degrees.
Location and facilities
The main campus is in the heart of the Richardson, Texas, Telecom Corridor, 18 miles (29 km) north of downtown Dallas, on the boundary of Dallas and Collin counties. UT Dallas owns generally contiguous land in Richardson, Texas consisting of approximately 465 acres (1.88 km2) for campus development and another 265 acres (1.07 km2) adjacent to the campus. UTD’s Waterview Science & Technology Center and the Research and Operations Center, a leased building, are adjacent to the main campus, on the west side of Waterview Parkway in the Dallas, Texas city limits.] UTD’s Callier Center, 8 buildings, is on 5.5 acres (0.022 km2) adjacent to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the city of Dallas and nearby the Center for BrainHealth, a single building, on 3.5 acres (0.014 km2). UTD’s artist residency CentralTrak is located East of downtown Dallas one block away from Fair Park. The city of Richardson, Texas passed a bond election on May 8, 2010, which allocated $2.8 million in funding for a UT Dallas loop road to connect the roads around campus. The loop road will be designed to help keep traffic contained within the campus, rather than on the city’s roads. The UTD Mercury noted in a February 15, 2011 article that a lack of on-campus parking has been an ongoing problem. Additional parking lots were added in 2011 and 2012. However, due to the continued increase in enrollment, the lack of available parking spaces continues to be a frustrating issue for the students. Responding to continued enrollment growth the University of Texas System Board of Regents approved plans for three UTD parking structure to be completed by 2015. The five-story structures will add an additional 2,250 spaces.The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Editionrecognized UTD for their green campus efforts.
Early architecture on the campus exhibits typical characteristics of Brutalism, a popular civic style when the structures were designed and built. In accordance with this style, many of the early buildings are pale, off-white, precast concrete with repetitive structures. Later architecture exhibits late modern or postmodern features such as bronze glass, bronze aluminum frames, unadorned geometric shapes, unusual surfaces, and unorthodox layouts. This later modern styling is seen in the Engineering and Computer Science building, School of Management, Cecil and Ida Green Center, and Natural Science and Engineering Research Lab facility (sometimes called the Mermaid Building due to its colorful anodized shingles). The Student Services building, completed in 2010, is the first academic structure in Texas to be rated a LEED Platinum facility by the United States Green Building Council. To provide protection from inclement weather and extreme temperatures, many of the buildings on campus are connected by a series of elevated indoor walking paths also referred to as skyways.
A $30 million Campus Landscape Enhancement Project, largely funded by Margaret McDermott, the wife of UTD founder Eugene McDermott (1899–1973), was started in October 2008 and completed in late 2010. The project encompassed all aspects of landscape architecture from campus identity to pedestrian strategies, future growth patterns, sustainability and establishing a campus core. The project included the reforestation of the main entry drive with more than 5,000 native trees. Each tree was hand-picked and individually arranged by the landscape architect after careful study of native stands in Texas, which includes the commitment to a riparian corridor consisting of a densely planted natural creek bed along the central entry median to the campus Allée. The main mall or ‘Allée’ includes 116 hand-picked columnar ‘Claudia Wannamaker’ Magnolias alongside five reflecting pools and four human-scale chess boards to represent the national and international achievements of the school’s chess team. At the northern terminus of the Allée and between the McDermott Library and the Student Union is a pavilion-sized plaza. The plaza includes a granite fountain complete with mist column, an overhead trellis to be eventually covered in wisteria vines and a temperature-modifying shade structure design. The landscape architecture firm of Peter Walker and Partners (PWP) was the prime consultant for the project. The next phase of the campus landscape upgrades is also being led by PWP Landscape Architecture. The $15 million enhancement project began in 2013 and will include main pedestrian walkways and corridors on campus, the outdoor space between the Founders and University Theatre buildings and other areas on campus.
The university added new facilities from 2007 through 2010. The facilities included a 74,000-square-foot (6,900 m2) Science Learning Center (SLC), a renovation and expansion of Founders Hall, a 74,000-square-foot (6,900 m2) Student Services Building and a 148,000-square-foot (13,700 m2) 400-bed Residence Hall South. Additional facilities were completed from 2011 through 2013. A second, $31 million 150,000-square-foot (14,000 m2), freshman Residence Hall North was started in July 2010 and officially completed on June 27, 2011. A $9.5 million 33,000-square-foot (3,100 m2), University Bookstore and Visitor Center was started in January 2011 and completed in July 2011. A 3rd, $31 million 151,000-square-foot (14,000 m2), freshmen Residence Hall West was completed for occupancy in fall 2012. The UT System Board of Regents, approved plans for a 4th residence hall in time for the fall 2013 semester and a 5th 600 bed residential facility, including a dining hall with seating for 800, a recreation center and a parking garage was completed in 2014. Groundbreaking for a $60 million, 157,920-square-foot (14,671 m2), Arts and Technology Building was held on September 28, 2011 and completed in the fall of 2013. Spaces include 2,150 classroom seats and 50 faculty offices, a 1200-seat auditorium, 2D drawing and painting art studios, 3D art studios, and an exterior video screen showcasing ATEC projects and other visual arts. For the design UT Dallas chose Studios Architecture—the firm that designed Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California. In October 2011 the University of Texas System Board of Regents approved a $25 million funding program to build a 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) addition to the Naveen Jindal School of Management, which was completed in 2014. In February 2012 the UT System Board of Regents approved a Bioengineering and Sciences Building to be completed in 2015. The $108 million, 220,000-square-foot (20,000 m2) facility will accommodate students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and provide research space for 70 faculty members. The University of Texas System Board of Regents, in February 2013, approved construction of a 67,500-square-foot (6,270 m2), $33 million extension of the Center for BrainHealth that will be known as the Brain Performance Institute. Also approved was a $20 million expansion and renovation project for the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, which was completed in 2016. In May 2016 the University of Texas System Board of Regents approved a 200,000-square-foot Engineering Building to be built on the site of the now-demolished Clark Center. The building is expected to be completed by the fall of 2018.
List of Departments
- School of Arts and Humanities
- School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
- School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
- Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
- School of Interdisciplinary Studies
- Naveen Jindal School of Management
- School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
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Scholarships at UT Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas offers many scholarship opportunities for incoming first-time freshmen, transfer students, and graduate students, as well as for all continuing students. Some scholarship programs provide funding throughout the student’s undergraduate or graduate career, provided the student meets continuing eligibility requirements.
Listed below are the most prominent scholarship opportunities at UT Dallas.
Academic Excellence Scholarship Program
Eugene McDermott Scholars Program
National Merit Scholars Program
Terry Foundation Scholarship
Diversity Scholarship Program
Comet Transfer Scholarship
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Terry Foundation Transfer Scholarship
UT Dallas encourages all students to submit a complete application as early as possible. Once an application has been received, including all the supporting documents required, it can take between four to six weeks to render an admissions decision. For applications or any required documents submitted after the stated deadlines, a guarantee cannot be made that the application will be processed in time to render a decision.