Academic Excellence Scholarships Qualifications

UT Dallas offers several hundred Academic Excellence Scholarships (AES) each year to incoming first-time-in-college freshman students admitted for the fall term immediately following high school graduation. The application for admission to the University serves as the AES application. The materials included in completed applications provide the information necessary to determine scholarship eligibility. This includes high-school grades and curricular information about types and levels of classes taken, SAT/ACT scores, and class rank (if available).


  • First-time freshman applicants admitted to the fall semester immediately following high school graduation
  • Admitted to UT Dallas by March 1
    • Priority application deadline is January 15

Merit-Based Award Factors

  • Strength of high school curriculum including level of rigor (Advanced Placement, IB, dual credit)
  • Grades in all coursework
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Class rank (if applicable)
  • Preparation for and ability to be successful in intended major
  • Extracurricular and other leadership activities
  • National recognitions

No specific achievement in any category of the AES award factors guarantees a scholarship or specific award level. The AES Program will examine each student's record in its entirety and expect students to be high achieving in each category.

The quantity and quality of freshman applicants influences the AES awarding process. The quality and number of applicants, as measured by SAT and ACT scores, increases each year, which results in a highly competitive AES consideration process. AES is a merit-based scholarship and financial need as well as extenuating circumstances are not taken into consideration.