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Why Choose Plan II?

We're Plan II Honors at the University of Texas at Austin. What starts here changes the world....

You embrace a challenge.  You're open to discovery. You want to change the world, for yourself and for others.  Consider, Plan II Honors at the University of Texas at Austin, committed to innovative learning and research.  Plan II encourages creativity, analysis and critical thinking while offering students opportunities to find solutions to real-world problems.  Imagine yourself on a campus at the heart of a vibrant city that expands opportunities for learning—while still keepin' it weird.  Become a part of a diverse UT community known around the world for its bold spirit of pride and competitiveness.  Realize you're free to question ideas, pursue long-held passions and explore new interests.  Define your future as you redefine what's possible.

Plan II students explore everything that makes us human in the best sense, from ancient poetry and philosophy to the latest discoveries in genetics and cosmology.  Established in 1935, Plan II is a challenging interdisciplinary honors major with a required core curriculum that includes the study of literature, philosophy, society, the arts, math and the natural sciences.  The Plan II Honors major provides freedom to cross intellectual and disciplinary boundaries.

Why We Love It


Media Reports

Public University Honors site! This is the only site on the web that is devoted entirely to the evaluation and discussion of public university honors programs and public honors colleges

  • Plan II Honors is ranked #3 in overall excellence and honors factors.
  • Plan II Honors is ranked #2 of smaller programs in overall excellence.
  • UT ranks in the top four for career services.
  • UT ranks #11 in "all scholars" awards.*
  • The University of Texas at Austin ranks second in Truman Scholarships.  UNC Chapel Hill is first and Virginia is just behind UT Austin.*
  • UT Austin leads public university honors in Marshall Scholarships.*
  • UT ranked in Princeton Review top 10 list of the best values in public education–the state universities that provide a very high level of quality at a reasonable sticker price or at a price that is offset by financial aid.

*Please refer to Plan II Awards for information on Plan II specific post-baccaluareate awards and other recognitions.

See how Plan II stacks up as an interdisciplinary program on Nerdscholar's review of Interdisciplinary Studies Programs: Preparing Students for a World of Complexity.


Some More About UT Rankings

  • November 4, 2013, The Chronicle of Higher Education:

The Fulbright Commission has just released the list of top-producing institutions for the 2013-14 US Student Program (this was the competition that occurred in Fall, 2012).  The University of Texas at Austin was among the very top universities, receiving 22 of these highly prestigious Fulbright grants, surpassing such institutions as the University of California at Berkeley Columbia, Yale, Chicago, Duke, Stanford, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin (Madison), and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  We ranked seventh (fifth place, actually, if you consider the three tie scores above UT Austin), and did extremely well in terms of percentage of successful applicants.

Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students by Type of Institution, 2013-14

Research institutions

Number of applicants

Number of awards

Harvard U.

134

39

U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor

151

32

Arizona State U.

60

26

Princeton U.

82

26

Rutgers U.

129

26

Northwestern U.

106

23

U. of Texas at Austin

70

22

Columbia U.

107

21

Yale U.

106

21

Cornell U.

67

20

U. of Chicago

98

20

Boston College

85

19

U. of California at Berkeley

62

18

Duke U.

54

16

Ohio State U.

72

16

Stanford U.

75

16

U. of Pennsylvania

81

16

U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

91

14

  • February 2013:  UT has landed yet another notable ranking: making the list of top 75 public schools on Princeton Review’s “2013 Best Value Colleges.” 

    The list of 150 schools—75 public and 75 private—is based on information from fall 2011 through fall 2012. Student surveys, academics, cost, and financial aid were all factors taken into account to compile the list, which is unranked after the top 10. The Review reviewed seniors’ average debt along with the number of graduates who took out loans.

    The annual list first began in 2004 and has joined forces with USA Today to report since 2009. This year, UT is one of five Texas schools and only one of 10 schools with an enrollment larger than 30,000 on the list.

    The full set of rankings is posted on the USA Today and Princeton Review websites, including a description of the project’s history and facts about each school.

  • January 2013: UT has been named a top value among public universities by wealth management magazine Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. In its 2013 rankings, the University is 27th nationally among colleges touted for their combination of value and world-class education.

    “We’re pleased that Kiplinger has joined many other publications in recognizing The University of Texas at Austin as one of the nation’s best values in higher education,” said UT president Bill Powers. “With our internationally recognized faculty, our relatively low tuition, and the highest public university graduation rate in the state, we continue to offer outstanding educational opportunities at an affordable price.”

    “With our internationally recognized faculty, our relatively low tuition, and the highest public university graduation rate in the state, we continue to offer outstanding educational opportunities at an affordable price.”

    The formula used to determine value includes 45 percent for cost factors like tuition, financial aid, and student debt, as well as 55 percent for quality factors, including competitiveness, academic support, and graduation rates. UT emphasized graduation rates in 2012, including a commitment to raising the four-year rate to 70 percent, up from its current rate of just over 50 percent.

    The rankings are featured in the January issue of Kiplinger’s, online. The web component includes a description of the rankings process, and comparisons of the top 100 schools.

If you have admissions questions or concerns, please email Plan II Admissions Director,  Kerry Pasquale.
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