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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

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  • 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

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U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor



Arizona State U.



Princeton U.



Rutgers U.



Northwestern U.



U. of Texas at Austin



Columbia U.



Yale U.



Cornell U.



U. of Chicago



Boston College



U. of California at Berkeley



Duke U.



Ohio State U.



Stanford U.



U. of Pennsylvania



U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



  • 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.

  • August, 2011:  According to a survey just published by SmartMoney Magazine, UT Austin is the second-best value in the United States. Working with PayScale, a compensation data company that maintains salary profiles of 29 million workers, the magazine developed a “Payback Score” that compares what graduates paid in tuition with their salaries. If you paid $100,000 to attend college and are now earning $150,000 a year, your score would be 150, so the higher the score the better. Georgia Tech scored the highest with 221, and UT placed with 194.

    The survey found that in general public universities yielded a higher return on investment: “If our payback survey were a football game, the public schools would be spiking the ball in the end zone and kissing the mascots.”

    The report goes on to say …

    “Paul Ott, the Dallas father who counseled his son to go to a public college …, says they are anticipating getting an additional $2,000 or more in state scholarships from The University of Texas. At a recent freshman orientation in Austin, Ott says, another dad shared how Texas helped his son land a well-paying job in computer science at a Houston oil services firm after a summer internship. ‘The fellow said his son is making more money straight out of college than he did after 30 years,’ Ott recalls. Both the elder and younger Ott say they’d be more than happy with a graduation present like that.”

    A college degree is about a lot more than a financial return, but a good one certainly doesn’t hurt.
  • 2009 Newsweek/Kaplan feature on UT Austin notes Plan II as "as one of the University's respected undergraduate honors programs which are ‘among the best regarded in the U.S.’”
If you have admissions questions or concerns, please email Plan II Admissions Director,  Kerry Pasquale.
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