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  • Decision Time: Becoming a Longhorn

    Published: March 8, 2013

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    It happens every year — as the weather warms up, high school students begin to weigh their options and their offers. And to complicate matters, college forums, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds are lighting up with information that may or may not always be accurate or applicable to every student about who got in and who didn’t.

    So if you’re wondering about this year’s application and decision process, here’s some insight from someone who knows a lot about admissions at The University of Texas at Austin — Kedra Ishop, vice provost and director of admissions.

    How big was the pool this year and how many students were admitted as automatic admits?

    We received a record number of freshman applications for summer/fall 2013 — more than 38,000. As in years past, most of the students we offered admission to were from Texas, and most of them qualified for automatic admission. This year about 10,000 students were automatically admitted; close to 5,000 other students from Texas and other states were also offered admission. More than 12,000 students from Texas high schools were offered admission.

    Kedra Ishop, vice provost and director of admissions at UT Austin

    Kedra Ishop, vice provost and director of admissions

    When reviewing applications, numerous people in the Office of Admissions and colleges and schools spend lots of time considering the academic and personal qualifications of every student who applies. We’re looking for those who are most qualified for admission to the university, but also into specific majors — future engineers, musicians, journalists, historians, artists, film directors, scientists, educators and business professionals.

    Filling these spots means looking at a variety of factors, including the student essays, academic records, standardized test scores and personal achievement, as well as the capacity of individual programs, colleges and schools.

    Last year The University of Texas at Austin had an unusually large freshman class. Can we expect to see the same next fall?

    We hope to enroll 7,200 new freshman students in fall 2013. Last year, we enrolled about 8,100 when more students than expected accepted our admission offers. Recently, 47 to 48 percent of students offered admission accepted a place in the class; last year 51 percent did so. We’re learning from our experiences last year and have reduced the number of offers. While this year’s freshmen are performing quite well, we don’t have the facilities and lab space to sustain those types of numbers year after year.

    What other options does the university offer for students who aren’t admitted as freshmen?

    About 1,000 Texas high school students have an opportunity to participate in a new co-enrollment program with Austin Community College (ACC). The program, called Path to Admission through Co-Enrollment, or PACE, is being offered only to those applicants who rank in the top 10 percent of their high school classes but who didn’t qualify for admission to UT Austin under SB 175. PACE offers these highly qualified applicants a clear path to full-time enrollment at UT Austin. PACE is designed to support an enrollment path already guaranteed by state law through a partnership with Austin Community College.

    Students enrolled in PACE will take most of their courses at ACC and one course per semester at UT Austin. Once they complete the core curriculum and other program requirements, they will be able to continue their undergraduate studies full-time at UT Austin. ACC and UT Austin have a history of cooperation, and many of our transfer students come to us from ACC. Now students in PACE will have a more predictable path to their bachelor’s degrees and will benefit from UT Austin’s resources and services while having the ability to form connections to both campuses at the same time.

    As we have for the last couple of years, we’ve also invited some freshman applicants to join our wait list. Following the increase in students who accepted our admission offers last year and reductions in offers, we thought it was even more important this year to be able to extend additional admission offers should space open up in the class later this spring after enrollment confirmations are submitted.

    Again this year, we have also invited Texas students to participate in the Coordinated Admission Program (CAP). This option gives students the opportunity to begin their studies at another University of Texas System campus with the goal of enrolling at UT Austin full time after the completion of 30 hours and other CAP requirements.

    Do you have any advice for the class of 2017?

    Consider your options carefully. If you were invited to join our wait list or offered the opportunity to participate in PACE or CAP, take time to study the information about your options. Speak with your family to come to a decision that will help you reach your goals and that will work for you and your family.

    If you’ve been offered admission to UT Austin, take some time to consider what the university offers. Once you decide that being a Longhorn is for you, be sure to let us know of your decision as soon as possible. We’d like to begin your transition to full Longhorn status as soon as possible. You must let us know of your intent to enroll no later than May 1. You should also spend some time checking out the resources and information offered through the new What’s Next section on Be a Longhorn for members of the Class of 2017. If you’re undecided, you’ll find tips for picking a major. There are also some tools to make sure that you get placed in the correct classes for your major and academic preparation.

    Sign up for orientation early. It’s required for freshmen and slots go quickly. This is more than just a tour around campus and finding out where to eat. It’s about getting each student ready to succeed from the moment they arrive.

    Congratulations to this year’s admitted students! We hope to see you this summer.

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      jack said on April 4, 2013 at 7:57 a.m.
      How easy is it for an International student to gain a scholarship?
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      Laura Lavergne, Office of Admissions said on April 2, 2013 at 7:41 a.m.
      Financial aid opportunities, including scholarships, are limited for incoming international students. You'll find additional information on Be a Longhorn at
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      Laura Lavergne, Office of Admissions said on April 2, 2013 at 7:34 a.m.
      The Office of Admissions publishes data, including some historical figures, about each entering class in the Profile section ( of its Be a Longhorn web site. More detailed information about applicants, admitted students, and enrolled students, including information about transfer admission, is available in resources from the Office of Information Management and Analysis ( The Common Data Set and the Statistical Handbook are good places to look for student data.
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      sahil said on March 29, 2013 at 4:04 p.m.
      Hello How many external transfer students applied last year and how many of them were accepted/offered admission?
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      Greg Lacy said on March 29, 2013 at 10:07 a.m.
      I am a real estate broker. We are taught to be impartial and race neutral. If I used race as a determining factor in selling or renting homes, I would be punished in court, put my license in jepordy and tagged as a racist. U.T. has always been known as a bastion of liberal thought. Why do they use racist policies in admission determination?
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      Hannah Marsteller said on March 27, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.
      Hello there, I am a recent UT graduate from the May class of 2012, and I was just curious if you knew the number of entering freshman that UT had back when I started in the fall of 2008? Do you also by any chance know how many from that class were automatically admitted under the top ten percent rule? I'm just interested to see how the admission numbers have changed over the past few years. Thanks in advance.
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      Noopur Modi said on March 22, 2013 at 11:30 p.m.
      Please give the details of the number of the International students to be admitted and when will the admits or the rejects declared?
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      John Jackson said on March 22, 2013 at 4:39 p.m.
      How easy is it for an International student to gain a scholarship? What are the criteria?
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      Genevieve Countryman said on March 18, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.
      TAMS applications for incoming students will be posted on the ISSS website in April and applications will be due on June 1, 2013. You can check here for updates:
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      Jamel Gibbes said on March 16, 2013 at 9:45 p.m.
      With so many prospective college graduates coming into the school system for high education and the rise entrepreneurship as well as person wealth building becoming a major aspect of personal aspiration, students need to be mindful of their personal futures. They must understand that all is within their control and also understand where to go for further information and education beyond that of the university halls. Only so much can be learned in the classroom. And with so many incoming freshmen, and so many set to success... success must be what they now define. 2017 is a long way off and jobs of today will be things of the past in the future... be ready for that and ready for fluidity and flexibility in changing environments and in the economy itself. Thanks! Texas U is a fantastic school and the students have an awesome opportunity. Myself as an independent investor, being of a different educational persuasion, still prefers college grads who have traversed this proving ground and can navigate tech as well as book learning.
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      Laura Lavergne, Office of Admissions said on March 13, 2013 at 12:28 p.m.
      Questions about scholarships should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services. -- Laura Lavergne, Office of Admissions
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      Laura Lavergne said on March 13, 2013 at 12:22 p.m.
      Although some students have been offered, and some have accepted, the opportunity to participate in PACE, we really don't know how many will accept the offer this frist year. But we do believe it does offer another excellent opportunity to help students reach their goal of earning an undergraduate degree at UT. -- Laura Lavergne, Office of Admissions
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      Laura Lavergne said on March 13, 2013 at 12:19 p.m.
      Each summer/fall the university admits about 300 international freshmen. -- Laura Lavergne, Office of Admissions
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      Andres Serrano said on March 12, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.
      Hello, what about the number of international freshmen?
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      Alejandro Medina said on March 12, 2013 at 4:42 p.m.
      Hello, I was wondering when can I submit my application for the Tams scholarship and where should I send it
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      Garreth Wilcock said on March 12, 2013 at 3:35 p.m.
      Do you have any figures on the number of people moving to UT through the PACE program? It looks like a great opportunity to get to UT.
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      Anurag Sachin Gade said on March 12, 2013 at 8:33 a.m.
      Can you please comment on the number of the International students to be admitted.
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