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University of Texas – Austin


Two years after Texas gained independence from Mexico in 1836, the new Constitution of the Republic set aside land for starting the University of Texas – Austin. Officially opening its doors in 1883, UT Austin became the state’s first flagship public higher learning institution. As one of the “Public Ivies,” UT Austin has space-grant status and annual research expenditures over $550 million each year. With America’s fifth largest enrollment, the University of Texas – Austin serves more than 39,500 undergraduates and 11,700 post-graduates. This UT campus sprawls over 434 urban acres in central Austin just one mile from the Texas State Capitol.

According to the U.S. News, UT Austin is the 52nd best national university, 16th top public university, and 42nd best college for veterans. The University of Texas – Austin is lauded for having America’s 17th best business school, 10th top education school, and 10th best engineering school. Forbes ranked UT Austin as the country’s 40th best research institute. Kiplinger’s Personal Value honored UT as the 13th best public value nationwide. Bloomberg recognized UT Austin for creating the fifth most CEOs in the United States. Times Higher Education also crowned the University of Texas – Austin as the 46th best global college.

University of Texas – Austin Accreditation Details

Last reaffirmed in 2008, the University of Texas – Austin has the maximum 10-year regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In particular, architecture degrees are accredited via the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Business programs align with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Psychology Ph.D. programs have approval by the American Psychological Association (APA). Fine arts degrees have accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Social work programs are also approved by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

University of Texas – Austin Application Requirements

Getting into the University of Texas – Austin is challenging with the highly selective acceptance rate of 39 percent. First-year students must have graduated or soon be graduating from an accredited high school. Receiving a GED with a minimum score of 150 is also acceptable. Applicants must fulfill general coursework requirements with four credits of English, four credits of math, four credits of science, four credits of social studies, two credits of foreign language, and one credit of physical education. Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.71. On average, freshmen score 1873 on the SAT and 28 on the ACT.

Students who’ve already began their post-secondary studies can transfer with at least 30 semester hours from another regionally accredited college. Incoming transfers should have a minimum collegiate GPA of 3.0, but conditional admissions may be extended if lower. Transfer agreements exist for associate’s degree holders in the Austin Community College Partnership. At the graduate level, UT Austin applicants must earn at least a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year U.S. university or foreign equivalent. Having a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the junior and senior years is mandatory. Certain programs also require the GRE or GMAT exam.

Before the December 1st cutoff, interested students wanting to attend the University of Texas – Austin should submit the following:

  • Completed ApplyTexas admissions form
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • At least two sample essays
  • Official transcripts of all academic work
  • Standardized test score reports
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (optional)
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent resident card

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduate students from Texas will pay a flat-rate tuition fee of $4,908 per semester. Non-resident undergraduates attending UT Austin must afford paying $17,430 each full-time semester. Costs may vary slightly by program. For instance, the Bachelor of Business Administration program charges $5,369 (in-state) or $19,063 (out-of-state) each semester. Room and board is estimated to cost $5,728 annually. Graduate students from Texas will pay between $3,934 and $4,915 per semester. Non-resident graduates attending full-time are billed anywhere from $7,843 to $8,963 each semester.

Around 63 percent of beginning full-time UT Austin students earn financial aid. More than $33 million is awarded in institutional aid. Students can borrow funds with the Federal Direct Subsidized, Federal Direct Unsubsidized, Federal Direct Grad PLUS, or Federal Perkins loans. Financially needy students could receive up to $5,000 with the Pell Grant. The FSEO Grant, TEACH Grant, and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant are also available. In-state residents should apply for the TEXAS Grant, Texas Public Education Grant, or UT Grant. Limited Federal Work-Study (FWS) is offered for part-time employment. Graduate TAs can receive the Tuition Reduction Benefit (TRB). Scholarships are also abundant, including the Top 10 Percent Scholarship, Texas Exes Scholarship, Athletic Scholarship, and Maloney Memorial Scholarship.

Student Experience

The University of Texas – Austin offers the state’s widest range of academics. Across the 18 colleges, students can select from 119 Bachelor’s and 223 Graduate degrees. Some unique undergraduate majors include Mexican American Studies, Government, Health & Society, International Relations, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, Advertising, Petroleum Engineering, Human Ecology, and Textiles & Apparel. There’s also an Interdisciplinary Plan II Honors Program. With a faculty-ratio of 18:1, professors are accessible for personalized attention. Several faculty members have won Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and Emmy Awards.

As part of the elite American Association of Universities (AAU), UT Austin has unparalleled learning resources. Students in the College of Natural Sciences benefit from the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI). Cutting-edge research is continually taking place at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory, Center for Agile Technology, and Center for Transportation Research to name a few. At McDonald Observatory, UT Austin also has the world’s third largest telescope. Students can choose from 78 countries to study abroad, including Japan, New Zealand, Italy, and Mexico. Creative students can also view over 17,000 works at the Blanton Museum of Art.

Even though only 19 percent of UT Austin students live on-campus, the community is very active. There are more than 1,000 student-run organizations. Whether students are interested in the Friar Society, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club, Jazba Dance Team, or Feminist Action Project, there’s countless clubs offered. With 65 national chapters, UTexas has one of America’s largest Greek life presences. Events like the Texas Tribune Festival, Research Week, and Honors Day occur each year. Students at University of Texas – Austin also enjoy singing “Texas Fight” as the Longhorns compete in 18 varsity teams for the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference.