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University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1943
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Research institutes
    • Specialization:
    • Medical School 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas, United States, 75390
    • Phone:
    • +12146483111
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern or UTSW) is a public medical school in Dallas, Texas. With approximately 13,568 employees and 2,445 faculty and over 2.7 million outpatient visits per year, UT Southwestern is the largest medical school in the University of Texas System and state of Texas.

UTSW's operating budget in 2019 was more than $3.152 billion, and is the largest medical institution in the Dallas Metroplex (and therefore north Texas), annually training about 3,700 medical, graduate, and health professions students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows. Ongoing support from outside sources provides approximately $422.6 million per year for more than 5,700 research projects. In 2017, the school had the largest federal expenditure funding of all UT medical institutions at $204.5 million dollars.

Academic Highlights

About 340 students are enrolled in UT Southwestern's School of Health Professions. The school confers a doctoral professional degree in Physical Therapy and master's degrees in Clinical Nutrition, Physician Assistant Studies, Prosthetics-Orthotics, and Rehabilitation Counseling. The school also has a baccalaureate certificate program in Radiation Therapy.

Life in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

The Student Center at the Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas aims to develop, inform, and inspire to be balanced, active, and caring.

The Student Center is an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility that includes:

  • Cardio Lounge
  • Group fitness multipurpose studio
  • Gymnasium with two basketball courts
  • Indoor suspended track
  • Lounge areas
  • Racquetball court
  • Weight and fitness room
  • Pavilion and Tennis Court Complex
  • Pool, pingpong, and foosball tables
  • Communal spaces for studying, gathering, and recharging

School Ranking

  • Biological Sciences (Global- 2019) Ranked 12
  • Clinical Medicine (Global -2019) Ranked 10
  • Human Biological Sciences ( Global 2019) Ranked 8
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences (Global 2019) Ranked 32


Applications are thoroughly reviewed by an Admissions Committee appointed by the Dean of the Medical School. The committee is composed of faculty members from both basic science and clinical departments. The Committee evaluates candidates in a holistic manner. The Committee is interested in identifying applicants who possess not only the academic capabilities but also the personal attributes and characteristics inherent in excellent physicians.

Additionally, the Committee will assess the candidate’s motivation to pursue a career in medicine, ensuring alignment with the mission of UT Southwestern Medical School, which emphasizes the importance of training primary-care physicians, educating doctors who will practice in medically underserved areas of Texas, and preparing physician-scientists who seek careers in academic medicine and research.

Notable Alumni

  • In 1985, Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of the basic mechanism of cholesterol metabolism. Goldstein is Chairman of Molecular Genetics at UT Southwestern, and Brown directs the Erik Jonsson Center for Research in Molecular Genetics and Human Disease.
  • Johann Deisenhofer, Professor of Biochemistry and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at UT Southwestern, shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for using X-ray crystallography to describe the structure of a protein involved in photosynthesis.
  • The late Alfred Gilman shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of G proteins and the role they play in the complex processes by which cells communicate with each other. Gilman, a Regental Professor Emeritus who died in December 2015, was Dean of UT Southwestern Medical School.
  • Bruce Beutler, Director of the Center for the Genetics of Host Defense, shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with two other scientists for their immune system investigations. Dr. Beutler was honored for the discovery of receptor proteins that recognize disease-causing agents and activate innate immunity.
  • Thomas C. Südhof, Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience and former Chair of the department at UT Southwestern, shared the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with two other scientists for discoveries about cellular transport systems. Südhof, now at Stanford University School of Medicine, was recognized for his pioneering work at UT Southwestern on synaptic transmission,.
  • Linda B. Buck (the 2004 laureate in Medicine) also did her doctoral work here.

Acceptance Rate

UT Southwestern admits approximately 230 students each year. The average MCAT score is 515, and undergraduate GPA in 2017 was 3.81. The acceptance rate for 2014 was 5.6%.

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