National Merit

National Merit Scholars receive dedicated tools that support their exceptional abilities.

Welcome to World Class

UTA is a Model 21st-Century Urban Research University, setting the standards for innovation, global leadership and diversity.

$125 million

Undergraduate Research Funding

You'll have the opportunity to innovate with no limitations.


Student-teacher ratio

More direct access to faculty and mentors

No. 1

First Generation Students

Number 1 in TX for the performance of 1st Gen Students.

Students First. Excellence Always.

$130,000 Full Ride Plus

As a National Merit recipient, you will receive world-class support to help define your future. This financial award of $32,500 per year fully covers tuition and fees, on-campus housing, and includes a stipend for books, supplies, and other educational expenses for fall and spring semesters. Out-of-state students will also receive a non-resident tuition waiver, a $66,000 value, bringing their total value of their National Merit Finalist Scholarship to $196,000. 

National Merit Qualifications

To be eligible for UTA's National Merit Scholarship, students must enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/nmsqt®) and meeting other program entry requirements. Review other requirements from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for more information on qualifying. 

Review National Merit Scholarship Corporation Qualifications
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Exclusive Amenities

As a UTA Maverick, you will receive opportunities you can’t find anywhere else.

$3,000 Research Stipend

We believe in our investment in you. Your ideas launch collective innovation. This research stipend will help you along your academic journey as you work with globally ranked staff.

Learn more about Undergraduate Research

$5,000 Study Abroad Stipend

Receive a stipend when you choose to take your academic journey abroad with any of the 500+ programs in 62 countries. Students who participate in a study abroad program enrich their education with unique cultures and backgrounds, so you graduate prepared to navigate our increasingly interconnected world.

Learn more about Study Abroad

$3,000 Honors College Research Stipend

Join a diverse community who also want to take advantage of co-curricular and leadership activities to truly master their studies. As an Honors College member, you’ll receive priority registration, access to exclusive scholarships and networking opportunities, and a dedicated learning community on-campus in Vandergriff Hall. If your academic journey includes undergraduate research, you will be eligible for the Honors College Research Stipend.

Learn more about Honors College

UTA Leadership

Exclusive networking and learning opportunities open doors and widen your worldview. As part of the National Merit family, our faculty and staff leaders on campus will help you grow into an individual who affects change in the community and beyond.

Discover the Maverick Factor!

We’re building on established excellence to provide a college experience like no other.

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Take a personalized Tour!

UTA is bursting with energy powered by enriching experiences that make you feel included and seen for all you are. Relax in Brazos Park between classes, get a cup of coffee at Starbucks, hang out with friends in the Honors College lounge or discuss innovating ideas with like-minded students and faculty in dedicated academic facilities. Register for a personalized tour and see yourself in Maverick Country.

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Global Innovative Impact

Discovery breathes new life into novel ideas. UTA cultivates diverse opportunities for students and faculty to pursue answers to our greatest questions. Our undergraduate and graduate students elevate the fields of science, medicine and engineering. Students are mentored by world-class faculty and given the resources to discover their passion.

Boost Your Future Success

Have questions?

“We are dedicated to help you unlock your true potential. You will be empowered by our students-first approach to pursue your academic aspirations and whatever sparks your imagination.

If you have any questions or need guidance during the National Merit process, please don’t hesitate to reach me. Together we will navigate your personal vision and establish your excellence as a UTA Maverick.”

Patrick Jackson, Associate Director of Admissions
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