UT Dallas 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Undergraduate Admission

Special Admissions

Academic Fresh Start

An applicant for admission who is a Texas resident may seek to enter this institution pursuant to the "academic fresh start" statute, Texas Education Code, Section 51.931. An applicant must make this request in writing to the Office of Admission and Enrollment before the student is admitted. After the applicant submits this request, UT Dallas will not consider in its admissions decision any academic course credits or grades earned by the applicant 10 or more years before the starting date of the semester in which the applicant seeks to enroll. In addition, an applicant admitted under Academic Fresh Start will not receive any course credit for courses taken 10 or more years before enrollment. The granting of Academic Fresh Start will neither affect TSI (Texas Success Initiative) status nor remove the applicant's responsibility to meet other conditions for admission.

Undergraduate Certificate Admission Requirements

An undergraduate who is currently enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program seeking enrollment in an undergraduate certificate program should apply to the certificate through Galaxy (link in instruction page with screenshots).

Students not currently admitted to UT Dallas who wish to earn undergraduate certificates will be first required to apply for admission to UT Dallas as non-degree-seeking, special students at the undergraduate level. Applicants will be required to meet University admission requirements for special students at the undergraduate level. After the student is admitted to UT Dallas as a non-degree seeking student, the student should apply to the certificate through Galaxy (link in instruction page with screenshots).

Students must meet the admission criteria set for the certificate they are applying to, and certain certificate applications will only be available within Galaxy for students who meet the certificate's admission criteria.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Non-degree-seeking students include undergraduate transfer and postbaccalaureate students who enroll in courses only at the undergraduate level without pursuing a degree at UT Dallas. As coursework is subject to availability, applications for non-degree seeking admission are reviewed by the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education of the School of which the student wishes to take coursework. Non-degree seeking undergraduates can complete up to 30 credit hours at UT Dallas. Non-degree seeking students desiring to be regular degree-seeking students must reapply for admission and meet the same admission requirements as those listed for transfer students.

A non-degree seeking student whose work is unsatisfactory and who has been suspended from the University for academic reasons may not re-enroll without permission of the Dean of Undergraduate Education.

Because non-degree seeking students are not working towards a degree, they may not be eligible for financial aid and should contact the UT Dallas Financial Aid office regarding their status prior to submission of their application for admission.

Applicants seeking to enroll as non-degree seeking undergraduates should submit by the published deadline for the term:

  • An Apply Texas application
  • A nonrefundable $50 application processing fee
  • An official transcript(s) from the most recently attended accredited institution(s) reflecting the last 30 undergraduate semester credit hours earned Applicants who have earned fewer than 30 semester credit hours also must provide by the published deadline for the term:
  • An official high school transcript that displays the date of graduation

Applicants must be in good standing at the last institution attended.

Second Baccalaureate Degrees

Before applying, students seeking a second baccalaureate degree should contact the department to which they are applying for more information. Upon acknowledgement from the school, students who earned an undergraduate degree at UT Dallas or another institution of higher education should apply for admission through Apply Texas, submit official transcripts from all non-UT Dallas college coursework, pay the non-refundable application fee(s), and submit an essay to be reviewed for admission by the school's internal process.

Transient Students

Students who are currently enrolled and degree-seeking at four-year colleges and universities other than UT Dallas and who desire to transfer semester credit hours taken at UT Dallas to the degree granting institution should apply for admission as transient students. Students will be admitted based on evidence of good academic standing at their home institution. In addition, students who have previously attended Texas state-supported institutions must provide evidence of their current TSI status.

Transient admissions are valid for a single semester. While UT Dallas credits are generally transferable to other institutions, the student is urged to seek prior approval of coursework to be completed at UT Dallas from the institution to which it is to be transferred.

Note: Transient applicants who wish to pursue coursework after the first term should reapply as a transfer degree-seeking student.

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