Admission, General Information 1996 - 1997

Contents of This Chapter

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Undergraduate Admission
Freshman Admission
Transfer Admission
Transient Admission (summer only)
International Admission
Readmission of Former Students
Fresh Start
Enrollment as a Nondegree Student
High School Parallel Enrollment Program
Graduate Admission
Law School Admission

Admission to the University of Texas at Austin is open to all candidates on the basis of academic preparation, ability, and availability of space in the program chosen, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.

Undergraduate Admission

The Office of Admissions is responsible for the admission and readmission of undergraduate students to the University. Application procedures for freshman, transfer, former, and international students are outlined below. Further inquiry may be addressed to the Office of Admissions, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712. In compliance with the Federal Student Right-to-Know Act, information regarding graduation rates and crime statistics may be obtained from the Office of Admissions.

Prospective students are encouraged to apply early for the enrollment period in which they are interested. Enrollment pressures at the University are such that it may be necessary to admit a limited number of applicants from among those who are qualified. When there are more qualified applicants than can be adequately instructed by the faculty or accommodated in the facilities, the University may control enrollment in specific programs by limiting the admission of new students.

Freshman applicants are encouraged to use the resources of the Freshman Admissions Center located in John W. Hargis Hall at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Red River Street. Counselors there can provide detailed information about admission to the University and assist prospective students with the application process.

Application deadlines. All application materials must be submitted by the following deadlines:

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Session

Freshmen February 1 October 1 February 1
Transfer students February 1 October 1 February 1
Former students July 1 December 1 May 1
International students February 1 October 1 February 1
Transient students May 1

Programs that have enrollment limits normally have earlier application deadlines. When space is available, deadlines may be extended.

Application processing fee. A nonrefundable fee of $40 is required of undergraduate applicants for admission to the University. A former student who applies for readmission to an undergraduate program must submit the application fee only if he or she has undertaken additional coursework since leaving the University. An applicant who presents academic credentials from any country other than the United States when applying for admission must submit a nonrefundable fee of $85. In cases where the applicant is subject to two fees simultaneously, only the higher fee is required. Students who apply to the professional program in pharmacy after completing prepharmacy coursework must pay a nonrefundable application processing fee of $60; students who apply to the upper-division professional sequence in nursing must pay a nonrefundable fee of $25.

Freshman Admission

To apply for admission to the University of Texas at Austin, a student must have graduated from an accredited high school and fulfilled the high school unit requirements prescribed in this section. All applications received by the specified deadline will be reviewed and evaluated individually by the Office of Admissions. Admission decisions will be based on the ACT or SAT I scores, the strength of an applicant's background, including the degree of difficulty of courses selected, and the record of achievement and special or unique accomplishments both in and out of school. Decisions will take into consideration the University's commitments to managing enrollment and, within applicable law, to admitting qualified students that reflect the diversity of the state.

In assessing an applicant's record, the Office of Admissions will evaluate, in addition to the ACT and SAT I scores, class rank, writing samples, recommendations, special circumstances, extracurricular achievements, and related factors identified by the applicant in writing. Consideration may be given to students who have received individual honors or have participated in programs such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. No specific class rank, grade point average, test score, or other qualification by itself will assure admission.[1]

As a state-supported public institution, the University reserves a majority of its places for Texas residents. Consequently, the admission of nonresidents is more competitive.

In those schools and colleges unable to accommodate all qualified applicants, preference will be given to applicants considered to have the best qualifications. (See Additional Admission Requirements for Some Programs in this section.)

Applicants who are not offered regular admission will be given the opportunity to be admitted provisionally if they are Texas residents and have graduated from a Texas high school. Nonresidents are not eligible to be admitted on a provisional basis. Recipients of bona fide scholarships designated by the president will be admitted on a regular basis.

Provisional Admission

A Texas resident who graduates from an accredited high school with the required units listed in the section High School Preparation, but is not admitted to the University, is eligible for admission on a provisional basis. It is the practice of the University to enroll provisional students in the College of Liberal Arts; however, a student who successfully fulfills the conditions given below may be admitted to any undergraduate school or college for which he or she qualifies.

  1. A provisionally admitted student may enroll initially only during the first summer session or the first spring semester following high school graduation. A student who enters the University in the summer session is required to register for both terms.

  2. Provisionally admitted students must register on the date specified in their admission letter (usually Saturday or Sunday of the week preceding the beginning of classes) and participate in an orientation program at the time of registration.

  3. Every provisionally admitted student is required to register for four courses for a total of at least twelve semester hours. Courses for both summer session and spring semester enrollment are described below.

    Summer session and spring semester. Provisional students are required to register for English 306 and Mathematics 301 or 302 without regard to prior credit earned. Students also must register for one natural science course (Biology 301M or Chemistry 304K) and one social science course (Psychology 301 or Sociology 302).

  4. Provisionally admitted students must complete the required coursework in residence (excluding credit by examination, extension, and correspondence) during the first semester or summer session of attendance with a University grade point average of at least 2.25 and no grade of X or F.

Students who complete the prescribed coursework with the minimum grade requirements are admitted on a regular basis in the subsequent semester. Students who fail to complete the prescribed coursework with the minimum grade requirements will be dismissed from the University and may be considered for readmission in a subsequent semester under the rules for transfer applicants.

Enrollment Deposit

Beginning summer 1997, applicants admitted to the University as undergraduates must pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $200 to indicate acceptance of the offer of admission. The deposit will be applied to the payment of fees when the student enrolls. Students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for assistance to cover the amount of the deposit.

Application Procedures

Freshman applicants must submit (1) an official score report from a national administration of the SAT I or ACT; (2) an official high school transcript showing rank in class and grades at least through the junior year; (3) a completed freshman application form, which will be mailed to the applicant after the University has received the admission test scores; and (4) the application fee or fee waiver documentation. Applicants may designate the University as an SAT I or ACT score recipient at the time of testing or request that scores be sent to the University by writing directly to the testing agency. A photocopy of test results is not acceptable for admission purposes.

Admission Tests

The Scholastic Assessment Test I (SAT I) of the College Board or the ACT Assessment of the American College Testing Program is required of all freshman applicants who graduated from high school after the summer of 1956. Applicants are not required to take SAT II: Subject Tests for admission purposes, but must take the SAT II: Writing Test and Mathematics Level I Test prior to registration to determine placement in rhetoric and composition and mathematics courses.

The test schedules printed in this section indicate the dates the SAT I, the SAT II: Subject Tests, and the ACT Assessment are offered. Applicants who choose to submit the SAT I for admission purposes may not take the SAT II: Subject Tests on the same date. Test scores are received by the University (if the student designates the University as a test score recipient) about five weeks after the test date. Since the receipt of an official report from the testing agency begins the application process, applicants should take the SAT I or the ACT no later than December of their senior year. Prospective students who have disabilities may make special testing arrangements by contacting the appropriate testing agency.

Information and registration materials may be obtained from the student's high school counselor or by writing to

College Board ATP
Box 6200
Princeton, New Jersey


PO Box 414
Iowa City, Iowa

SAT I and SAT II: Subject Tests Schedule
Domestic Deadlines Foreign Deadlines

Test Date[2] [3] [4] Registration Postmark Deadline[5] Late Registration Postmark Deadline Registration Closes

October 12, 1996 September 13, 1996 September 20, 1996 Test not available
November 2, 1996 September 27, 1996 October 9, 1996 September 27, 1996
December 7, 1996 November 1, 1996 November 14, 1996 November 1, 1996
January 25, 1997 December 20, 1996 January 2, 1997 December 20, 1996
March 15, 1997[6] February 7, 1997 February 19, 1997 Test not available
May 3, 1997 March 28, 1997 April 9, 1997 March 28, 1997
June 7, 1997 May 2, 1997 May 14, 1997 May 2, 1997
ACT Test Schedule
Test Date[7] [8] Registration Postmark Deadline[5] Late Postmark Deadline

October 26, 1996 September 27, 1996 October 11, 1996
December 14, 1996 November 15, 1996 November 29, 1996
February 8, 1997 January 10, 1997 January 24, 1997
April 12, 1997 March 14, 1997 March 28, 1997
June 14, 1997 May 16, 1997 May 30, 1997

High School Preparation

Graduation from high school. Graduation from a high school accredited by the Division of School Accreditation of the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission, or the Southern Association of Secondary Schools is required of resident students for admission to the University; high school work done in another state normally will be accepted by the University if the high school is accredited by the regional association.

Subject preparation. High school students who intend to enroll at the University should take a college preparatory curriculum.

Entering freshmen must have a minimum of 151/2 units of high school work (grades 9 - 12). At least 14 of these units must be from the areas and courses specified in sections A through E below. The number in the column headed "Units" indicates the minimum number of units that must be offered in that subject or area. One year's work in a subject is counted as one unit. A semester's work is counted as a half unit.

A. Language arts 4
Required: Four units of English, one of which may be writing, world literature, speech, or journalism. (English for speakers of other languages may not be used to fulfill the language arts requirement, but may be counted as an elective in area F.)
Strongly recommended: The fourth unit of English should include the development of writing skills.
B. Foreign language 2
Required: Two units in a single language. American Sign Language may be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement.
C. Mathematics 3
Required: Three units at the level of Algebra I or higher: algebra, plane geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, elementary analysis, probability and statistics, solid geometry, calculus with analytic geometry, number theory. (Informal geometry and prealgebra are below achievement level courses and will not fulfill the mathematics requirement, but may be counted as electives in area F.)
Strongly recommended: Students planning to enter scientific, engineering, or other technical fields are advised to take at least four units of math. The additional unit may be counted as an elective in area F.
D. Science 2
Required: Two units of physical science, biology, chemistry, physics, physiology and anatomy, geology, meteorology, marine science, astronomy.
Strongly recommended: Students planning to enter scientific, engineering, and other technical fields are advised to take at least three units of science, including chemistry and physics. The additional unit may be counted as an elective in area F.
E. Social studies 3
Required: Three units of anthropology, area studies, ethnic studies, economics, geography, government (civics), philosophy, social science, psychology, sociology, Texas history (advanced), United States history, world history, work/study programs.
F. Electives 11/2
Required: One and one-half units including (1) any units beyond the minimum required in areas A through E; (2) any units in area G; (3) vocational and other subjects except drill subjects (e.g., driver training, military training) and physical education.
G. Fine arts
Strongly recommended: One-half unit of theatre arts, art, music, dance.

Applicants who intend to major in architecture, business administration, engineering, or natural sciences are strongly advised to prepare by taking math and science every year of high school.

Admission will not be granted to applicants who have not completed the required units listed above. Recipients of bona fide scholarships designated by the president and students whose high school curriculum does not include the courses necessary to complete the unit requirements may apply to the director of admissions for an exception. Students who are admitted by exception must remove deficiencies to graduate. Courses taken to remove a deficiency do not count toward the student's degree.

A deficiency in foreign language must be removed by earning credit for foreign language or classical language courses numbered 406 and 407, or 506 and 507 (or equivalent transfer courses), or by earning a passing score on the appropriate placement examination given by the University. A deficiency in mathematics must be removed by earning credit for Mathematics 301 (College Algebra) or Mathematics 304E (Trigonometry), or an equivalent transfer course. For all other subjects, one semester of college credit will be required to remove a deficiency of one year or less of high school credit.

Graduation from an Unaccredited School
For most applicants, graduation from an accredited high school is a prerequisite for admission to the University. However, graduates of unaccredited high schools and Texas residents twenty-one years of age or older who did not graduate from high school but scored at least 1180 on the SAT I (or 1100 if the SAT score was earned prior to April 1995) or 26 on the ACT Assessment may be considered for admission. Each application is reviewed individually; exceptional circumstances should be discussed with an admissions counselor.

Additional Admission Requirements for Some Programs

Programs in architecture, business administration, engineering, fine arts, nursing, pharmacy, and social work restrict admission as described below.

Architecture: Admission to the School of Architecture is based on standards similar to but higher than those for admission to the University. See chapter 2 of The Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.

Business Administration: Admission to the College of Business Administration is based on standards similar to but higher than those for admission to the University. See chapter 3 of The Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.

Engineering: Admission to the undergraduate programs in engineering is limited and is offered only to the best qualified applicants. See chapter 6 of The Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.

Fine Arts: To major in design a student must have the approval of the Design Admissions Committee. The required sequence of courses in design begins on the sophomore level, thus students seeking to enter the design program should apply for admission to the University as predesign majors.

To major in music a student must meet University admission requirements and pass an audition conducted by the School of Music. A student who does not pass the audition may not major in music even though he or she is admitted to the University. At the discretion of the music school a student who fails an audition may audition a second time.

Admission to programs in the Department of Theatre and Dance requires the approval of the Theatre and Dance Admissions Committee. Information about requirements, procedures, and deadlines is available from the office of undergraduate studies in the department.

See chapter 7 of The Undergraduate Catalog for additional information about admission to specific programs in the College of Fine Arts.

Nursing: Students seeking an undergraduate degree in nursing must complete a prescribed preprofessional curriculum with a grade point average of at least 2.50 before being admitted to the professional sequence. See chapter 10 of The Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.

Pharmacy: A student who wishes to pursue a degree in pharmacy must complete a prepharmacy curriculum. At the University, prepharmacy students enroll in the College of Natural Sciences. The student's application to the professional program in the College of Pharmacy is considered on the basis of overall academic performance. See chapter 11 of The Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.

Social Work: A student who wishes to pursue a degree in social work must complete a pre - social work curriculum that includes supervised volunteer service with clients in a human services organization. The student's application to the professional curriculum is considered on the basis of academic performance and the student's commitment to and suitability for generalist social work practice. See chapter 12 of The Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.

Other: Other academic programs at the University may impose similar enrollment restrictions when necessary.

Admission to upper-division work. In addition to the requirements outlined in the preceding section, some academic programs have established minimum standards for admission to upper-division or professional sequence courses. The student should consult departmental advisers about eligibility to register for upper-division coursework.

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