For Parents: A Lot to Like

While your daughter or son is deciding where to attend medical school, we want to tell you why UT Southwestern Medical School should be at the top of the list. We’ve been the medical school selected by many top applicants for quite some time, and we hope your son or daughter will join us. We thought you’d like to know more about us.

You’ll find a lot to like about UT Southwestern – academically, financially, socially – and you’ll like the fact we’re easily accessible from just about anywhere.

We offer a world-class medical education that’s based on a strong background in the basic sciences, early clinical experiences, and an unsurpassed program of hands-on clinical training at some of the nation's best hospitals. Students are taught by an outstanding faculty composed of nationally known educators, clinicians, and scientists, including:

  • Nobel Laureates
  • Members of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Members of the Institute of Medicine


Just as important, students receive plenty of support throughout their education at UT Southwestern. We have a well-developed Student Academic Support Services Office that’s staffed by educators and psychologists trained in learning skills and learning disabilities. In addition, mental health outreach programs and other school-related activities help ensure students are achieving a proper balance and wellness in their lives.


The cost of education at UT Southwestern for Texas residents is substantially lower than nearly every private medical school in the U.S. or most public medical schools, according to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Tuition is approximately $16,500 per year for Texas residents. UT Southwestern works directly with students to obtain funding for their medical education. Most of financial aid is obtained through federal and state loan programs. In addition, some scholarships from private sources are available.

We know that funding a medical education can be a challenge. So, for a small charge, we allow students to pay tuition and certain fees in installment payments.

Healthy Diversions: A Balanced Campus Life, An Exciting Community

There’s more to life than textbooks, classrooms, and clinic visits. At UT Southwestern, we provide a number of opportunities and diversions that enrich and give balance to students’ lives, and enhance their educational experience as well.

On campus, we offer opportunities to:

  • Participate in community service
  • Stay healthy with seminars and classes on variety of topics – ranging from exercising to personal training to healthy eating
  • Enjoy an extensive schedule of intramural sports
  • Celebrate other cultures
  • Get involved in student government
  • Join clubs and organizations

We also have a modern Student Center that contains a large gym and fitness equipment, as well as comfortable areas to just unwind or enjoy social gatherings.

Away from campus, students enjoy life in one of the America’s most vibrant cities. Few cities can match what Dallas has to offer in the way of arts and entertainment, sports and athletics, or shopping and restaurants.

Easy Access

Dallas-Fort Worth is home to one of the world's busiest airports, offering easy access to and from hundreds of destinations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. So when it’s time for students to visit home – or for you to visit them – we’re close by.

You’re Invited

Each fall, UT Southwestern invites the parents and significant others of new students to campus for an orientation and celebration of the student’s entry into the profession of medicine.

Along with a tour of the campus and hospitals, there is a much-anticipated "White Coat Ceremony," where each student is presented with the physician's coat. This coat is as a symbol of their membership in a community with an important responsibility to society, devotion to patients, and commitment to science and excellence. Information about this event is shared with students shortly after their enrollment.