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UT Dallas attracts 170 NMF scholars for class of 2022, adding to 160 in class of 2021

MnacttutorMnacttutor Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
https://www.utdallas.edu/news/2018/8/23-33092_University-Becomes-Popular-Destination-for-Nationa_story-wide.html?WT.mc_id=NewsEmail

The package is basically a full ride, covering all but $168 dollars and books. It is a great school with a really strong honors college and many academic peers. Also if you consider it, check out the Clark Scholars summer research program and the McDermott Scholars Program.
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Replies to: UT Dallas attracts 170 NMF scholars for class of 2022, adding to 160 in class of 2021

  • SatchelSFSatchelSF Registered User Posts: 1,055 Senior Member
    I do think, over time, that these programs of awarding scholarships to the most able students will pay off (on average - no one thinks that a PSAT score is the be all and end all for intelligence testing).

    Southern states are leading the way here, especially Florida with its Benacquisto program now open to OOS, and Texas.
  • 3scoutsmom3scoutsmom Registered User Posts: 5,559 Senior Member
    @Mnacttutor the NM kids should be getting a check mid Septmber, I think for $625? that should cover that $168 and leave the rest for books:-)
  • MnacttutorMnacttutor Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
    Thanks @3scoutsmom - we did not realize that. Nice.
  • 3scoutsmom3scoutsmom Registered User Posts: 5,559 Senior Member
    @Mnacttutor the reason it's not with the rest of the scholarship is because it's the portion that comes directly from NMSC.
    Your National Merit Scholarship check from NMSC will not arrive until approximately the middle of September. Once received, we will deposit it on your behalf, and the university will then send the money to you via direct deposit. We will email you once the checks have arrived.
  • BingeWatcherBingeWatcher Registered User Posts: 688 Member
    I am so happy UTD is attracting so many NMFs. Such a wonderful school!
  • tabbychirotabbychiro Registered User Posts: 20 Junior Member
    How necessary is it to write an essay for the UTD app? It looks like it is an optional essay, which normally I would interpret as required. But if son is likely to be a NMF, can he get away with no essay? Or does that just look bad?
  • NuScholarNuScholar Registered User Posts: 230 Junior Member
    edited September 10
    So many top institutions no longer provide full scholarships for simply being a Merit Scholar so it's no surprise UTD has 170
  • 3scoutsmom3scoutsmom Registered User Posts: 5,559 Senior Member
    @tabbychiro I don't know but why would you even chance missing out on a full ride scholarship by not submitting an essay???
  • tabbychirotabbychiro Registered User Posts: 20 Junior Member
    edited September 10
    @3scoutsmom I just wanted son to be done with the app already but once again he is more sensible than I am and is planning to do the essay
  • CupCakeMuffinsCupCakeMuffins Registered User Posts: 632 Member
    As hardly any top school gives money for any merit, let alone NMSF, lower ranking schools like UTD benefit from it. However, I must add that only few of my children’s high achiever friends even considered UTD. Ones who did had pressure from controlling Asian parents, who wanted kids to stay home or nearby and go pre-Med.
  • 3scoutsmom3scoutsmom Registered User Posts: 5,559 Senior Member
    @CupCakeMuffins I know plenty of high achieving kids that picked UTD over move "prestigious" schools. My son was an auto-admit to UT Austin. One of his roommates from outside Atlanta turned down Georgia Tech to go to UTD.
  • acaplaacapla Registered User Posts: 20 Junior Member
    @CupCakeMuffins Definitely not the case at my son's school. Last year #2 and #3 both (both NMFs) picked UTD and neither have controlling parents nor Asian parents. For middle to upper-middle class families UTD or other universities offering full rides is a great choice, especially if the plan is medical school in which case the undergrad university's ranking doesn't matter that much. Much better to start medical school with no debt than $200K debt...
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 19,595 Senior Member
    Well, obviously 170 students DID consider UTD
  • 3scoutsmom3scoutsmom Registered User Posts: 5,559 Senior Member
    I also have an issue with calling UTD "lower ranking"

    University of Texas--Dallas Rankings https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/university-of-texas-dallas-9741/overall-rankings
    #129 (tie) in National Universities
    #87 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
    #61 (tie) in Top Public Schools
    #80 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

    I don't put too much stock in rankings but considering UTD only started offing a full undergrad program in 1990 I don't think it's too bad, certainly not bad for a full ride.
  • GTAustinGTAustin Registered User Posts: 988 Member
    My DD turned down UT Austin CS for UTD as well as UNC and several other higher ranked schools. UTD gave her opportunities that she could not have done at the other schools because of her scholarship including travel abroad and flexibiltiy to study numerous areas. She got a great internship and is getting her masters in 4 years all on scholarship. What more could we ask for.
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