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2. 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, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

The procedures and criteria for admission listed in this chapter are effective as of the time of publication, but are subject to change by action of the Legislature or the Board of Regents.

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 received in the Office of Admissions by the following deadlines. When space is available, deadlines may be extended.

       Fall Semester      Spring Semester      Summer Session

New students: freshmen, international      February 1      October 1      February 1
Transfer students      March 1      October 1      March 1
Former students      July 1      December 1      May 1
Transient students (summer only)      --      --      May 1

Application processing fee. A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required of applicants for undergraduate admission to 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 $75. 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 must pay a nonrefundable application processing fee of $75; students who apply to the upper-division professional sequence in nursing must pay a nonrefundable fee of $25.

To request an exemption from the application processing fee, an applicant must submit a copy of one of the following:

  1. A financial award letter
  2. An approved test fee waiver from the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GMAT
  3. The applicant's parent's or guardian's income tax returns for the past two years, or the applicant's own returns, if he or she was not claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer
  4. A financial aid transcript from an institution the applicant previously attended

Enrollment deposit. 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 is 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.

Freshman Admission

Texas high school graduates ranked in the top 10 percent of their class. In accordance with Texas Education Code 51.803, students are admissible to the University as first-time freshmen if they (1) graduated in the top 10 percent of their class from an accredited Texas high school and (2) submit all required credentials by the appropriate deadline. Applicants must have graduated from high school during one of the two school years preceding the academic year for which they seek admission. Applicants who are admitted because they are in the top 10 percent of their high school class may be required to complete additional preparatory work during the summer immediately after being admitted to the University; they may also be required to remove any deficiencies in units of high school coursework before graduating from the University.

Texas high school graduates not ranked in the top 10 percent of their class and all graduates of out-of-state high schools. Applicants who are not eligible for consideration under the provisions of Texas Education Code 51.803 must have graduated from an accredited high school and must have completed the unit requirements prescribed in the section High School Preparation. Applications received by the deadline are evaluated individually.

Admission decisions are based on an assessment of the following:

  1. Class rank
  2. Strength of academic background, including the number of courses taken in mathematics, science, and foreign language
  3. SAT I or ACT scores
  4. Record of achievements, honors, and awards
  5. Special accomplishments, work, and service both in and out of school
  6. Essays
  7. Special circumstances that put academic achievements into context
  8. Recommendations (although not required)
  9. Competitiveness of the major to which a student applies

For Texas residents, consideration may be given to socioeconomic and geographic information. Applicants who wish to have their socioeconomic background considered must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the appropriate deadline.

No specific class rank, test score, or other qualification by itself ensures admission, except as described in the first paragraph of the section "Freshman Admission." The Office of Admissions takes into consideration the University's commitment to managing enrollment and, within applicable law, to admitting qualified students who reflect the diversity of the state's population. As a state-supported institution, the University reserves a majority of its space for Texas residents. Consequently, the admission of nonresidents is highly competitive.

Enrollment pressures at the University may not permit admission of all who qualify. When this occurs, enrollment in specific programs may be limited to the best qualified applicants. In schools and colleges that cannot accommodate all qualified applicants, preference is given to the applicants who have the best qualifications. See "Additional Admission Requirements for Some Undergraduate Programs."

Recipients of bona fide scholarships designated by the president are admitted on a regular basis.

Coordinated Admission Program

A Texas resident who graduates from an accredited high school with the required units listed in the section "High School Preparation" and who completes an application for admission by the required deadline, but is not admitted to the University, is eligible for admission through the Coordinated Admission Program (CAP). CAP students must satisfy certain requirements in residence at a University of Texas System component institution other than UT Austin. Students choose from a list of participating institutions when signing a provisional admission contract.

If a student satisfies the requirements in the time allotted, he or she is guaranteed admission to the University of Texas at Austin in the fall semester of the following year as a regular student. Students who complete the Coordinated Admission Program and enter UT Austin are admitted into the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Natural Sciences. Those who wish to be admitted to a liberal arts or natural sciences program with enrollment restrictions, or to a program in another college or school, will be considered in comparison with other students seeking to enter that program.

To successfully complete the 2002-2003 Coordinated Admission Program, a student must

  1. Complete at least thirty semester hours of transferable credit in residence at the UT System component institution at which he or she enrolls
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 upon completion of those hours
  3. Complete these requirements by July 1, 2003

Credit earned by examination does not count toward the thirty semester hour requirement.

If the requirements listed above are not satisfied, the student no longer is guaranteed admission to UT Austin; if the student still wishes to enter UT Austin, he or she may apply only as a transfer student and will be evaluated as part of the competitive transfer pool.

Nonresidents are not eligible for the Coordinated Admission Program.


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Chapter 4 - Academic Policies and Procedures
Chapter 5 - Student Affairs
Chapter 6 - Libraries and Other Academic Resources
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