Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Valedictorians & Salutatorians receive world-class benefits as a UTA Maverick.

Welcome to World-Class

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

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Texas Tier One

UTA is one of just five Texas universities recognized for their academic and research excellence.

$30 Million

Scholarship Opportunities

$30 million in scholarships awarded to students each year

25:1

Student-teacher ratio

More direct access to faculty and mentors

Students First. Excellence Always.

Secure Your Future


Must be a Texas Resident and graduate from a Texas high school. Review state guidelines.  

Valedictorian Tuition Advantage

You've got big plans for the future, and UTA is the place where you can see those plans through. The Valedictorian Tuition Advantage provides the added benefit from our students-first approach to ensure you achieve your dreams.

  • Receive $9,300 directed towards tuition for your first full-year and will be noted on the student's account. 
  • Valedictorian Tuition Advantage is exclusive for valedictorian students.  
  • This benefit can be stackable with scholarships and grants. 

Review Freshmen Admissions Requirements
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Salutatorian Recognition

At UTA we celebrate the exceptional students who have excelled personally and academically. Salutatorians are recognized under the Distinguished Freshman Award. Students awarded the Distinguished Freshman Award will receive $2,000 for their first fall and spring semesters at UTA. A student may only receive the Distinguished Freshman Award for one National Recognition Program category.

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Student Story

Meet Bailey

High-achieving students come to UTA with strong academic backgrounds, including Bailey Samide, recent valedictorian from Guyer High School in Denton, Texas. Bailey is a freshman architecture major. 

“I always wanted to come to UTA because that’s where my high school architecture teacher graduated from. Even before classes started, I was able to chat with the admissions staff about UTA’s unique qualities, from innovative research to trailblazing interdisciplinary collaborations. It made me feel included and already part of my new University home. Even though I hadn’t started classes yet, UTA staff made time to seek me out and introduce me to aspects of the campus at a time when it was harder to plan a college visit.”

Students First. Excellence Always.

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.

Zaria Kelley, Admissions Counselor for High Caliber Recruitment.

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“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. Together we will navigate your personal vision and establish your excellence as a UTA Maverick.”