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 Chapter 2

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

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

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 $50 is required of undergraduate applicants for 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 $60; students who apply to the upper-division professional sequence in nursing must pay a nonrefundable fee of $25.

Freshman Admission

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.

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 here. Applications received by the deadline are evaluated individually. Admission decisions are based on ACT or SAT I scores, the strength of the applicant's academic background, including the degree of difficulty of high school courses selected, the applicant's record of achievement, and special accomplishments, both in and out of school. The Office of Admissions takes into consideration the University's commitments to managing enrollment and, within applicable law, to admitting qualified students who reflect the diversity of the state's population.

In assessing an applicant's record, the Office of Admissions evaluates ACT and SAT I scores, class rank, writing samples, recommendations, special circumstances, extracurricular achievements, and related factors. 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. Consideration may also be given to honors the applicant has received and to the applicant's participation in programs such as Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate. No specific class rank, test score, or other qualification by itself assures admission, except as described in the first paragraph of this section.

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 schools and colleges that cannot accommodate all qualified applicants, preference is given to the applicants who have the best qualifications. See the section Additional Admission Requirements for Some Programs.

Applicants who are not offered regular admission are offered provisional admission if they are Texas residents, have graduated from a Texas high school, and have met the high school unit requirements. Nonresidents are not eligible for provisional admission. Recipients of bona fide scholarships designated by the president are 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.

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