UTD’s First Undergraduate Registration

Editors’ Note: This feature appears as it was published in the fall 2017 edition of UT Dallas Magazine. Titles or faculty members listed may have changed since that time.


UT Dallas archivist Al Mitchell detailed the debut of undergraduates on campus in 1975:

“Registration reached 1,359 on a very hot first day, during which the lines stretched up the north stairs from the lower level of McDermott Library at many times. Final official count was 1,838 undergraduates, with 1,495 graduate students (more than doubling the 1974 enrollment) for a total of 3,333.”

Only juniors, seniors and graduate students signed up for classes that day; freshmen and sophomores wouldn’t be admitted to the University until the ’90s.
Do you remember your first UTD class registration (or your fashion choice for the day)? Email utdallasmagazine@utdallas.edu with your recollections.