The Honors College at the University of Texas at Dallas

National Merit Scholars Program FAQ

How do I apply to the National Merit Scholars Program at UT Dallas?
Students do not apply to the National Merit Scholars Program in the traditional sense. In order to join the program, you must be recognized as a National Merit Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. You should receive this notification in the spring of your senior year in high school. You must also list UT Dallas as your first choice school in your National Merit Scholarship Application.
What is the deadline for admission into the National Merit Scholars Program at UT Dallas?
The National Merit Scholars Program at UT Dallas uses the national deadlines provided by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. For a detailed schedule of the various deadlines and the application process, please visit our list of important dates.
I listed another school as my first choice school. Can I change it?
Yes. If you listed another school as your first choice school, you may change your selection and select UT Dallas as your first choice. To do so, simply complete and submit the school choice form to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
May I discuss the National Merit Scholarship Program with someone while visiting the campus?
Yes. If you would like to know more about the National Merit Scholars Program at UT Dallas or visit our campus please let us know. We will work with you to coordinate a customized campus tour. The best time to schedule a tour is any weekday during the school year so you can meet with a professor in your academic area and experience the vibrant life of students on campus. To schedule a tour, contact us about a week in advance by calling the National Merit Scholars Program at 972-883-2270 or by emailing .
I have been accepted to UT Dallas with a merit-based Academic Excellence Scholarship. Does this mean I am admitted to the National Merit Scholars Program?
No. The National Merit Scholars Program is independent of the Academic Excellence Scholarship program. Students admitted to UT Dallas are automatically considered for the Academic Excellence Scholarship without an additional application. To join the National Merit Scholars Program, students must be National Merit Finalists as designated by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. For more information regarding the National Merit Scholarship Process, please contact the National Merit Scholars Program by calling the National Merit Scholars Program at 972-883-2270 or by emailing
Does UT Dallas offer National Merit housing?
No. There is no formal honors housing for National Merit students, although students may request to be housed with other honors students or National Merit Scholars. Many honors students room together throughout their four-year experience. Students are encouraged to become actively involved with their Living Learning Communities in their freshman year.
I am a National Merit Finalist and I have been admitted to the Terry Scholars Program or the McDermott Scholars Program. Does that mean that I will receive both scholarships?
The Terry Scholars Program, the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program and the National Merit Scholars Program provide more than just financial support. You may participate in multiple programs, however you will only receive financial support from one program.
I have been admitted to the National Merit Scholarship Program at UT Dallas. Does that mean I am automatically a member of the Collegium V Honors Program?
No. If you have been admitted to the National Merit Scholarship Program at UT Dallas, you are automatically eligible for admission into the Collegium V Honors Program. Collegium V begins admitting students on February 1st of each year on a rolling basis. Space in Collegium V is limited, so you are encouraged to submit your Collegium V application as early as possible.