Frequently asked questions

Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions

To better facilitate the needs of future students and their families, UTA has updated admissions requirements for spring, summer and fall 2021 semesters. Please review our Covid-19 Admissions FAQ for more information on admissions requirements and procedures.

General Questions

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Campus Security and Fire Safety Report (the “Report”) is available for review. The Report includes crime statistics for the prior three calendar years. These statistics include crimes that occurred on campus, in non-campus properties owned or controlled by UTA and frequented by students, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus. The Report also includes information on fire statistics for campus residential properties for the prior three calendar years and current fire safety systems in these properties. In addition, the Report includes UTA policies related to the safety and security of our campus community. You may access the 2020 report by clicking on the following link: 2020 Campus Security and Fire Safety ReportYou may request a paper copy of the Report by contacting the Office of Legal Affairs or emailing campus_safety_report@uta.edu.

Admissions Questions

Please Review the Application Page.

Be Advised: Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before the preferred application deadline date.  Deadlines for scholarship consideration and financial aid consideration are earlier than the admission deadline. Application processing requires time to evaluate credentials, address TSI issues, and review data. Submitting credentials significantly past the preferred deadline date may impede the student's eligibility to register for classes. For more information on TSI, see Testing Questions. Scholarship and Financial Aid deadlines are earlier than the preferred application deadlines.
From the time that the application is complete, processing takes approximately 7 to 30 business days. The time it takes to process an application can vary depending upon how much time there is before the next semester starts. You may review your application status online in MyMav.

Your admission is based primarily on your high school rank in class and your SAT/ACT scores. Review the Freshman Admission Criteria

Please be advised UTA is test score optional till summer 2023 semester. Students have the option to provide ACT and/or SAT scores as part of the admission application process. If you apply for admission without these test scores your application will be evaluated based on high school records such as GPA, class rank, courses taken and other relevant criteria.

Yes. The SAT is required for all freshman applications, including international students, in addition to a TOEFL score. Included as freshmen are students transferring with fewer than 30 semester college level credits. All engineering majors must submit an SAT. Although transfer students with over 30 credit hours are not required to take the SAT, they must submit a TOEFL.

Please be advised UTA is test score optional till summer 2023 semester. UTA accepts Duolingo with a required minimum score of 110. Please review International Freshman Admissions Criteria

All college level academic courses (not vocational/technical/developmental) with a grade of "C" or better will be transferred, although not all may be applied to the degree. All courses transferring from a junior college will be accepted as lower division only. It is typical to accept in transfer toward a degree up to sixty-six (66) semester credit hours of academic credits earned by a student in a community college; however, in some cases it could be more. For more information, see the Transfer Admissions Criteria

Financial Aid Questions

Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Students must be admitted to UTA by the deadline, but being admitted before the deadline does not guarantee a student will receive a scholarship. There is no additional scholarship application. All eligible undergraduate students will receive automatic consideration for general academic scholarships administered through the Scholarship Office if they were admitted before the deadline and monies are still available. The number of scholarships awarded varies from year to year. Please see Scholarships for the deadline date, which varies year to year.

Residency Questions

If you are a dependent student, your residency will be classified the same as that of your parents. If you are an independent student, you:

  1. Must live in Texas for 12 consecutive months.
  2. Must be gainfully employed or demonstrate financial independence 12 months prior to enrollment.
  3. Education cannot be your primary reason for residing in Texas.

Students may pay Texas Resident Tuition if they meet all the requirements of Senate Bill 1528 (formerly HB 1403):

  1. Graduated or will graduate from high school or complete a GED in Texas.
  2. Must have lived in Texas for 36 months prior to high school graduation or completion of the GED.
  3. The student must have lived in Texas for the 12 months prior to the semester for which they are applying.
  4. If the student is not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident they must complete a Senate Bill 1528 Affidavit. You can obtain a copy of the Senate Bill 1528 Affidavit file.
A dependent is an individual who is either a minor, or someone who is 18 years of age or older and claimed, or eligible to be claimed, as a dependent for federal income tax purposes by a parent or guardian in the year of enrollment.
If your parents live in another state, and claim you for federal income tax purposes, you are considered a dependent and not eligible to establish residency in your own right unless you meet all the requirements of Senate Bill 1528. However, independent students may establish residency (see guidelines on Rules on Establishing Residency: Independent Individuals 18 years of age or older).

The Texas Residency Laws state that students enrolling in an institution of higher education prior to having resided in the state for 12 months immediately preceding the time of enrollment shall be classified as nonresidents for tuition purposes. However, after living in the state for 12 months, if the student can show business or personal ties to the state of Texas, he/she may seek reclassification as a resident by completing a Core Residency Questionnaire (also available in Admissions). Circumstances to be considered shall include, but are not limited to:

  1. The length of residence and employment prior to enrolling in an institution.
  2. The nature of employment while a student.
  3. Presence in the state as part of a household transferred to accept employment in Texas.
  4. Purchase of a home or business in Texas.
  5. Marriage to a long time Texas resident.
Yes, as long as you attend half time or less and have otherwise met residency requirements. Half-time is considered 6 hours during each long semester (Spring and Fall) and 3 hours during each short semester (Summer and Minimesters). Please keep in mind that you will pay out-of-state tuition during the 12-month period that you are establishing residency.
Gainful employment is considered lawful activities intended to provide an income to the individual or allow an individual to avoid the expense of paying another person to perform the tasks (as in childcare or the maintenance of a home).
Yes, military personnel assigned to duty within the state of Texas as well as their spouse and their dependent children, shall be entitled to pay the same tuition as a resident of Texas regardless of the length of their physical presence in the state. To qualify for the waiver of out-of-state tuition, a letter from the commanding officer must be provided certifying that the military member is on current duty assignment in Texas at the time of enrollment. This letter should be submitted once every 12-month period and should cross reference the student's name and social security number.

Required documents: Letter from employer on company letterhead signed by a company official stating date of hire, average hours worked per week, and the length of employment.
Examples of Supporting documents (but not limited to):

  • a copy of a lease showing the student's name as renter
  • a bank letter stating when the student's account was opened
  • wage statements in the student's name showing employment dates, and name/address of employing company
  • proof of voter or auto registration and/or driver's license in Texas
  • federal tax returns (and/or W-2 forms) filed by the student showing a Texas address
  • bills or statements in the student's name showing a Texas address.

Additional information about residency can be found at College for All Texans: Residency Information. If you have additional questions regarding residency you can e-mail ugresidency@uta.edu.

International Questions

You must apply to the University and fulfill all admission requirements. When you are admitted, an I-20 is issued.

The minimum combined verbal and math score for the redesigned SAT I Test is 980 for general admission; students who wish to declare a pre-engineering major are required to submit a minimum score of 1270. The minimum combined score for the old SAT I Test is 900 for general admission and 1200 for those who wish to declare pre-engineering majors. 

Please be advised UTA is test score optional till summer 2023 semester. Please review International Freshman Admissions Criteria

The applications of prospective students from countries other than the U.S. are reviewed on an individual basis, and admission decisions are based on the strength of the previous academic work, scores on the SAT if required, and the TOEFL score. Academic background and curriculum are important considerations in decisions on admissibility.

UTA requires that you provide an original letter on bank letterhead signed by a bank official. The letter must document the availability of $39,114 to $44,828 depending on the period of study. If a parent or sponsor is providing your funding, UTA also requires a personal letter signed and dated by your sponsor, confirming intent to support you while you are attending UTA. The Financial Statement Form included with your application has more complete information regarding this. 

Please review International Freshmen, International Transfer and International Graduate admissions criteria for more information. 

No, UTA requires that an original letter be submitted. A scan or clear picture of the letter can be uploaded on the document form. If the bank letter is brought to the Office of Admissions, at your request, we ill make a verified copy of your letter, and return the original to you. 

 

Testing Questions

UTA utilizes a testing program to determine your appropriate math placement. Careful placement increases your chances of success in math. If you passed the TSI Assessment for Math and wish to enroll in a Math course other than MATH 1301, 1302, 1308 or 1315, you will be required to take the Math Aptitude Test. For more information about the MAT please visit the Math Department website.

Missing Document Questions

The following list explains all the different document types for UTA applications.

  • Official College Transcript: Please submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended.
  • Application Fee/Fee Waiver: All students must pay the $75 application fee before their application will be processed. If you apply after the priority deadline, your application fee will be $75. Fee Waivers are not available for transfer students. Freshman students should contact their high school guidance counselor about waiver documentation.
  • Official High School Transcript: Submit an official high school transcript. Transfer students with less than 24 transferable hours must also submit high school transcripts in addition to their official college transcript(s). If you have an updated official college transcript showing that you have earned at least 24 transferable hours, you do not need to submit the high school transcript. You only need to submit the updated college transcript.
  • Official SAT/ACT Scores: Submit official SAT or ACT scores. Transfer students with less than 24 hours must submit official SAT or ACT scores in addition to their official college transcript(s). If you have an updated official college transcript showing that you have earned at least 24 transferable hours, you do not need to submit SAT or ACT scores. You only need to submit the updated college transcript.
  • International Documents or TOEFL scores: If you have questions about these documents, please contact the Prospective Student Center at 817-272-2090.
  • Proof of Residency/Citizenship: Please submit a copy of your state ID or permanent resident card to the Office of Admissions through the document upload form
  • Degreed Educational Objective: Please submit this form.
  • UAC Special Permission: Please contact University College at 817.272.3140.

Common Enrollment Hold Questions

The following list explains common types of holds for UTA students.

  • Academic Department: Students must be advised each semester before they can register for classes. If you are a new freshman student, you will be advised at orientation. If you are a new transfer student, contact your major department to schedule an advising appointment.
  • Orientation: All new freshman and transfer students must attend New Maverick Orientation. You can register for New Maverick Orientation online. If you have additional questions, you can contact the New Maverick Orientation Office at 817.272.3213.
  • TSI Liable/Not Complete: For hold removal, student must provide proof of TSI assessment or TSI-approved exemption. See www.uta.edu/tsi for more information or contact the TSI Coordinator at tsi@uta.edu.
  • International Office: Contact the International Office at (817) 272-2355 for more information.
  • Health Center Holds: Contact the International Office at (817) 272-2355 for more information.
  • Registration Agreement: Each semester students must accept the UTA Registration Agreement before they will be able to register for the following semester. It will be listed as the "UTA Registration Agreement" in your To Do List in the Student Center in MyMav. Click here for more detailed instructions on how to complete the agreement. 

Summer Bridge Questions

Students must have provided documentation of TSI exemption (Test scores or College transcripts) or have attempted the TSI assessment prior to the May 1st deadline if they are not exempt. Students will be enrolled in developmental coursework if they do not pass one or all sections of the TSI assessment. 
Students in the Summer Bridge program will enroll in two courses that will apply toward their Bachelor's Degree, selected in consultation with an academic adviser. The classes will be 5 weeks in duration and can be taken in Summer 1 or Summer 2 term or both. 
 Summer Bridge classes will be held Monday through Thursday for 5 weeks. The time of each course will be determined during registration. 
Yes, students can apply to live on campus for the summer. However, they do have to apply for summer housing. The cost depends on where the student lives. Every residence hall/apartments is different. You can browse the options through UTA Housing.