The University of Texas at Austin to Automatically Admit Top 8 Percent of High School Graduates for 2011

Sept. 16, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin will automatically admit all eligible 2011 summer/fall freshman applicants who rank within the top 8 percent of their high school graduating classes, with remaining spaces to be filled through holistic review.

William Powers Jr., president of the university, said that automatically admitting students in the top 8 percent of their high school graduating class to the 2011 entering freshman class would fill 75 percent of available spaces. A new state law, Senate Bill 175, passed by the 81st Legislature, modified the university's admissions program, which previously had been required to automatically admit students in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

Under the new law, the university is to admit automatically enough students to fill 75 percent of available spaces set aside for Texas residents in an entering freshman class, beginning with the 2011 summer/fall class.

The university was mandated by the bill to notify Texas school districts, in a manner prescribed by the Texas Education Agency, about the change in the university's admissions process. The agency prescribed that a letter by the university's president, explaining which percentile ranks of high school senior-level students qualify for automatic admission, would be sent by the university to executive directors of Texas Education Agency education service centers requesting that they assist in dissemination of the information to all Texas schools.

For more information, contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of the President, 512 475 7847.

65 Comments to "The University of Texas at Austin to Automatically Admit Top 8 Percent of High School Graduates for 2011"

1.  Myra said on Sept. 16, 2009


2.  Ellen said on Sept. 16, 2009

I just wish I was in the top 8 percent.

3.  janjac said on Sept. 16, 2009

Ho hum. Will this really change the admissions process that much?

4.  Gloria said on Sept. 17, 2009

I am so happy that this is in place. Hopefully it will allow for a little more diversity and more opportunities for those of us who are borderline.

5.  clarissa said on Sept. 17, 2009

What if we're not in the top 10 percent? Can we still apply?

6.  R. said on Sept. 17, 2009

Great news! The problem with the top 10 percent rule is that we reached a point where there would be no possibility of admitting anyone else to UT aside from the top 10 percent that were admitted. This means no transfer students and no geniuses who happen not to be in the 10 percent because their school was extremely competitive.

Hopefully we will see a more diverse body of students in the university, which never hurts.

@Janjac: It will change it only in the high schools. @Clarissa, yes, you can and should still apply, of course. The only difference is that if you are in the ninth percentile in your high school, you will now "really" apply, and can be accepted or denied based on your application, whereas under the old law you would have automatically been accepted.

7.  Steve said on Sept. 17, 2009

I know this is a silly question, but is The University of Texas at Austin an accredited university?

8.  Samuel Panning said on Sept. 18, 2009

This was absolutely necessary!

9.  Veronica said on Sept. 18, 2009

I am really happy that this is now going into effect. The university has such an excellent curriculum that, at times, can be wasted on certain individuals that are not up to par for this level of education.

I can certainly say that there were many individuals in my graduating class who graduated in the lower top 10 percent simply because the rest of the class was "bad." For those who truly wish to be a part of the university who are not already in the top 8 percent of their class will truly have to convince the admissions office that they are worthy.

10.  Barrett said on Sept. 18, 2009

What differentiates you from being someone in the top 8 percent being admitted into the 75 percent versus being top 8 percent but being a 25 percent odd man out? What happens if more top 8 percenters apply than the 75 percent automatic admission allows?

11.  Pat said on Sept. 18, 2009

What is "holistic review"? Can't President Powers be candid, rather than hiding behind this smokescreen?

12.  Rebeca said on Sept. 19, 2009

This is a great new opportunity for those who really care about school. I am happy that now everything will change, and we will have more chances to go to college.

13.  Eric M. Larson said on Sept. 19, 2009

When I was admitted to The University of Texas at Austin as a transfer student in June 1972, I had at best a 2.6 or so grade-point average (GPA), and I knew I had been given another chance. I graduated with honors in 1974, and later earned additional graduate degrees. I never would have been able to accomplish what I have in terms of a professional career without the superb education I was privileged to obtain at UT Austin.

In following the debate over the 10 percent law, and growth of the university, it is evident that the days of being admitted to UT Austin as a transfer student with a 2.6 GPA are history, and wouldn't happen under today's admission standards. I have mixed feelings about this because while raising standards is an inevitable result of improving educational quality, it is also true that folks like me who didn't fully apply themselves in early college years will lose the opportunity to attend UT Austin regardless of their academic abilities or motivation.

The highest point of my days as a student was being a member of the first class in Intergovernmental Relations that Professor Barbara Jordan taught at the LBJ School in 1979. When I learned she was coming to UT Austin, I wrote to her and asked about getting into her class. She referred me to Jean Graeber, assistant to Dean Elspeth Rostow, and Ms. Graeber said that while no special procedures had been established, my early inquiry was enough to get me a place in the class.

As I was not an LBJ School student, this impressed me a lot--and it impressed me even more when it became clear there was overwhelming demand to attend the class, and Ms. Graeber assured me my place in the class was secure. Because of demand, enrollment in future classes was limited to LBJ School students.

It was a superb illustration of ethics and politics--and I've never forgotten that the LBJ School kept its word to me about having a place in the class, a decision it would have been easy to rescind, as there was never anything in writing. My career path briefly intersected again with that of Professor Jordan at the time she headed the commission to reform immigration, as some of my professional work at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) had involved evaluating the quality of immigration statistics, and projecting future legal immigration under current law versus proposed legislation for a 10-year period.

On one occasion prior to an immigration hearing at the House of Representatives, I showed up early, and so did she--and there was nobody from the vommittee to greet her, which bothered me a lot. I made a complaint to a staff member who, incredibly, didn't know who she was, and was able to have her admitted to the hearing room early, rather than wait in her wheel chair in the hall. She never asked me to do that, or said a word about it. A couple of years earlier, when she first came to D.C. in 1994 to discuss her planned work and took questions from a roomful of people, I raised my hand to ask one and she called me by name, and said: "What's it been, Eric, 15 years? What's your question?"

Indeed, it had been 15 years. It was a gesture I long remembered, and have not recounted until now.

14.  RL said on Sept. 19, 2009

Yes, you can still apply if you're not top 10 percent, and, yes, UT is accredited.

15.  Alana Teller said on Sept. 20, 2009

What if you live in New Jersey? Do they still take the top 8 percent?

16.  JD said on Sept. 20, 2009

@Veronica & R.

I agree that this change in law is most necessary but that idea that not all students in the top 10 percent wish to further themselves with the great curriculum that UT and other Texas schools have is ridiculous.

As a student from an under-privileged high school, I can honestly say that even though I, and everyone else in the top 10 percentile of my graduating class, were not "up to par for this level of education" the presentation of such a challenge given by the opportunity that the top 10 percent law gave us allowed and forced us to excel far beyond the education that was given to us by the less-than-mediocre public education system here in Texas.

What really needs to happen is for Texas to create many more educational institutions that are on par with universities like UT, Texas A&M, Baylor and such. If this many young people want to go to college it should not be a matter of who gets to college but rather it should be which college do I get to. Something that is at present not an option.

17.  JD said on Sept. 20, 2009

@Steve: Yes, UT is an accredited university.

"The only stupid question is the one that is not asked." -Unknown

18.  Amber said on Sept. 21, 2009

I'm actually a 2010 graduate, but do you have a good psychology department? I mean, do you have doctoral degrees in psychology?

19.  Ashley said on Sept. 22, 2009

I understand some believe this is a necessary law to keep excellent curriculum from being "wasted on certain individuals" but I don't believe that an education is ever wasted on those who seek it.

I wasn't in the top 10 percent of my class and was still accepted to the university. When I was applying for college I didn't agree with the top 10 percent rule because I attended a very competitive school. However, after having been enlightened, I see why having a policy such as the top 10 or 8 percent rule is necessary. I encourage others to do a little research to find out for themselves how this policy actually increases diversity, rather than stifling it as some previous comments seem to imply.

20.  David said on Sept. 22, 2009

Kids: Listen up! If you really want to get in to UT, do what my daughter did. She went to Oklahoma State for a year and made a 3.75 grade-point average. The minimum requirement is 30 hours to transfer. She applied and got in without much effort. A lot of these top 10 percent kids come from school districts where 10 percent doesn't mean much. There was a huge bubble of people who flunked out after their first year. She came from Westlake with a 3.5 grade-point average and wasn't even close to the 10 percent. She was in the 25 percent range. So don't give up if you really want to go there. Just get that minimum 3.5 or they won't consider your application.

21.  Class of '76 said on Sept. 22, 2009

The university brought this all on itself going to the Legislature to create the top 10 percent rule. Now it's a 75 percent rule, with some odd requirements like an economics course, which was announced too late for the Class of 2011 to adapt to.

I have therefore given up on my alma mater. Let them slide into various state mandates and see what good it does them.

22.  Chris said on Sept. 22, 2009

Now if the university would only come to its senses and start admitting more out-of-state students. If they did that they would: 1) have more regional diversity (and probably more racial and ethnic diversity as well) and 2) have more income from tuition since out-of-state tuition is appreciably more than in-state tuition. This has worked well for such universities as the University of North Carolina (which admits nearly 20 percent from out-of-state) and the University of Virginia (which admits about 30 percent from out-of-state). These two universities, by the way, are regularly ranked as the top two public universities in the nation.

23.  Debra - U.of H. '84 said on Sept. 22, 2009

A word of advice for the high school juniors and seniors out there...

My oldest daughter graduated from a very competitive high school in the Houston area and she was in the top 15 percent of her class. Her grade-point average was 99.99. She took all the right classes in high school, was a four-year member of the marching band and a member of the National Honor Society. She applied to UT at the beginning of her senior year and received her acceptance letter in March of that year. That was the longest seven months of my life! She drove me crazy with her angst, anxiety and tears!

In December, 2008, she graduated from UT Austin with her B.A. in art history. She was also a five-year member of the awesome Longhorn Band. She got to go to two Rose Bowls (Thanks, Vince Young!), two Rose Bowl Parades, a presidential inauguration and many other free wonderful trips because of Colt McCoy.

So focus on your grades, work hard and make certain that your high school extracurricular activities are diverse, and pray. It does help. There are many top 10 percent seniors in Texas who don't want to go to UT. They want to go to Baylor, Rice, Texas Tech or Texas A&M. UT is NOT the only top tier university in the state of Texas. There are a few.

And keep in mind that all that really matters is where you finish your degree. There are tons of students here in Austin that go to Austin Community College for a semester or two, and then transfer and graduate from UT. Isn't that all that really matters?

24.  John Hayes said on Sept. 22, 2009

When you read the related article about enrollment figures, you will see the current rule already provides ethnic diversity. Non-white groups represent more than 45 percent of the enrollment totals, for both the current freshman class and the campus totals.

25.  Sheri said on Sept. 22, 2009

My daughter has a Texas Tomorrow Fund and will be graduating from a California high school in 2011. I was told she would qualify for in-state tuition in Texas because of the fund. If she graduates in the top 8 percent of her California high school's class, does she also qualify for automatic admission, or is it different because she's out of state?

26.  Bill said on Sept. 23, 2009

The data shows that the top 10 percent students admitted to UT have higher grade-point averages and graduation rates than the balance of the student body. To say that a student who enters UT from a less competitive high school under the top 10 percent rule should not displace a student from a highly regarded high school ignores the fact that as a group the top 10 percent students outperform the others admitted under the holistic review.

27.  Mrinalini said on Sept. 23, 2009

Does UT (undergraduate admission) give any consideration to students from LASA (magnet high school) if they are not in the top 10 percent?

28.  BBA 81 said on Sept. 23, 2009

Freshman Admission Requirements, Fall Semester 1977:
Class Rank: Top 50th percentile
SAT Score (combined) >800

And this even qualified for business school, which had no separate application process back then. Glad to have been admitted when the admitting was good! Hook 'em!

29.  Irashema Medrano said on Sept. 23, 2009

So does this affect 2010 high school graduates, or just 2011 graduates and beyond?

30.  Ruben said on Sept. 23, 2009

Echoing what Bill said: The data supports the top 10 percent rule, showing higher grad rates and grade-point averages amongst the "10 percenters" versus "holistic" admits. This goes to show that there is something to be said about achieving and getting good grades in high school, even an "underperforming" one. My Texas public high school kids are doing well at UT and Rice--achievers achieve, competitors compete.

31.  Neal said on Sept. 24, 2009

No, she does not qualify for automatic admittance. The law only works for Texas high schools that rank their students.

It starts for today's juniors, so, yes, it's for 2011 and beyond.

32.  Mercedes said on Sept. 24, 2009

I think that if the lower 2 percent of the top 10 percent were good enough, they would still be admitted to UT.

33.  Amanda said on Sept. 24, 2009

So does this affect transfer students? Right now my grade-point average is a 3.6. I really want to go to UT next fall, and I'm about to start applying.

34.  Sarah said on Sept. 24, 2009

I think it is a good move. My daughter was admitted under the top 10 percent rule. Top 8 percent leaves the spirit of the rule and allows room for others.

35.  Dyann said on Sept. 24, 2009

Not fair. Consider the fact that there are some students who take all regular classes and get all As and will have more of a chance getting in than someone who is taking all Advanced Placement classes and making Bs.

Not to mention, there are schools that are small in size. My school as a good 700 people in our class, while at another school, their entire school population is only 300 at best.

This rule is not fair in the slightest.

36.  ZZ TOP said on Sept. 25, 2009

@BBA 81: You think getting into the business school is tough? Have you seen the business school lately? Pretty much just majoring in "dressing up." If today's economy is tough due to mismanagement, can you imagine how it will be 20 years from now when these students go on to be CEOs. :-\

37.  Isabel said on Sept. 25, 2009

JD (comment #16): You hit the nail on the head. We need more public universities that are at the academic excellence of UT and A&M. For the state of Texas to draw as many excellent students not only from the state but from outside as well, we have to have universities that compete with the likes of the University of California system and others in the country at that level. We also need to prepare our students better at the high school level. (I don't know how that can be accomplished). And finally we need to get away from being such a ''football-oriented" state and teach our children to seek colleges based on academics and not sports or parties. I am proud to have graduated from UT, and my son now attends the university because it was one of the top universities in the nation for the field of study he is pursuing.

38.  j.pat foster said on Sept. 28, 2009

Think of all the alums' support we have lost and will lose because of restrictions on "legacies"from generations past. Let them all in under the original requirements--50 percent of the freshman class don't make it and loyalty is still maintained. What a shame when adverse restrictions are imposed.

39.  Arron said on Sept. 28, 2009

This is only making it more difficult for kids to be accepted. The University of Texas at Austin is basically an ivy league school with an amazing sports program.

40.  Sarai said on Sept. 28, 2009

This is a great opportunity. I can't wait to be a Longhorn.

41.  Nora said on Sept. 28, 2009

I am glad that this rule is finally going into effect. I went to a really competitive high school where being in the top 10 percent was an honor. I was in the top 15 percent. When I switched schools, competitiveness in the classroom diminished and everyone had a 4.0 grade-point average. Even though I served as a tutor to most of the honor and Advanced Placement students, I was not even in the top 25 percent. Under this law, administration officials would be able to use a more holistic view and take into account students who went beyond the classroom and volunteered in organizations, clubs and other extracurricular activities.

Hopefully, this will also aid in improving the national ranking of the university and give it the college ranking it really deserves.

42.  Gordie said on Sept. 30, 2009

I'm not a Texas resident so I'm naturally a little bitter toward the top 10 percent rule when applying. It seems strange that simply because someone does well in secondary school that he should AUTOMATICALLY be admitted, no questions asked (about leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, etc.). For the sake of the university, and fairness to all applicants, all applicants should be reviewed holistically like most other schools in the world. I'll still be applying, but this is the most radical rule that I've seen to attract in-state students.

43.  ATXLover said on Oct. 2, 2009

As per the "wasted on certain individuals" comment, I actually agree. Part of what makes a college degree a standard of measure is how difficult it is to obtain one. I'm speaking as a student who was admitted by the top 10 percent rule and graduated with a B.S. in May 2009. I'm currently in my first semester of graduate school at the University of North Texas (UNT).

By making the admission process easier for people, you are cutting out one of the key "weeding out" processes that many other universities go through. College is difficult so there will always be stories of those who can't hack it. I just got tired of hearing and seeing many young people around me who were just naturally smart but not up to the academic standards of UT. These people fell to the top of their less competitive high schools naturally because they weren't idiots. What a great accomplishment. I watched one by one as a lot of these students enrolled in UT and were granted some scholarship or grant that I couldn't qualify for. Then they failed most of their classes their first semester, were put on academic probation, and then were kicked out of the university due to not improving. I have 15 personal cases of this happening to people I met living in the dorms.

Just because you're smart doesn't mean you have the time, dedication, true academic ability or leadership to finish a degree. A holistic review process would help eliminate that.

I'm currently working in the graduate admissions office at UNT. While the process is somewhat different (receiving college transcripts, resumes, statement of intent, etc.), the general outcome is still the same. Create an algorithm that ranks students based on certain items and read letters of recommendation and personal essays. It is shocking to see how much of a difference getting a personal writing sample can make. One applicant in particular has a less then desirable grade-point average in undergrad. This can be overlooked by her work record after graduation, letters of recommendation, high GRE scores and stellar statement of intent. However, her GRE scores are shockingly low. It is apparent why (at least on the verbal section) when you read her statement of intent. For a letter that's going to admit you to graduate school, it is poorly written and full of grammatical and spelling errors. Holistic review reveals that while this person had the desire to go to graduate school, they would not be able to pass the classes if admitted.

Bring back holistic review for all!

44.  Kaila said on Oct. 2, 2009

What about the graduates of 2012? Does this still go into effect for those graduates?

45.  Ashley said on Oct. 5, 2009

I'm a Texas resident, and I think that it should have been the top 3 percent or none at all. I don't think it's fair that some students are AUTOMATICALLY admitted without looking at any other criteria besides grades. Plus, the top 10 percentile students vary A LOT when you compare schools. In my hometown, people were transferring to inferior schools just so they could be top 10 percent. It was ridiculous!

46.  Eric said on Oct. 5, 2009

Gordie, don't be "bitter." Not everyone can be a Texan!

47.  Melissa said on Oct. 6, 2009

To Debra - U.of H. '84: You said that "UT is NOT the only top tier university in the state of Texas. There are a few." Did you remember to relay this message to your daughter as she "drove you crazy with her angst, anxiety and tears!" while she was waiting for her letter from UT admissions? You both could have saved yourself this frustration if you stopped to ask yourself exactly why she had her heart set on UT.

I am a current student and I saw (and see) the stress that high school students go through that is a direct result of the pressure that is put on them by their parents. From the moment they are born the child is already bombarded with "Future Longhorn" T-shirts and burnt orange apparel. Then the child is absolutely devastated when they don’t get into UT. Did you know that several years ago a student committed suicide when they didn’t get accepted? Parents, please stop pressuring your children to follow in your footsteps. Take them on college tours both in and out of Texas and see which will be the best fit for them. I am a first-generation student and I will be graduating in May 2010. I want my siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins to continue on this path to education and show them that if I could do it, then so can they. Would I love it if they went to UT? Of course, I would, but I am stressing to them that they need to go to college anywhere. Period.

To David: If your daughter is a Texas resident and applied to UT but did not get accepted, she did not need to go to OSU. While I’m sure it is a good school, transferring into UT is difficult and there are no guarantees of admission. The average transfer grade-point average (GPA) is 3.8. But admissions does not deny Texas residents, they CAP them. The Coordinated Admissions Programs (CAP) is an excellent choice for a student who does not get automatically admitted into UT to have another opportunity at guaranteed admission. They can go to a select UT System school for one year, take 30 units of approved credit, obtain a 3.2 GPA and get into UT for their sophomore year. This is a guarantee and the student signs a contract agreeing to all terms. And as Debra said, “all that really matters is where you finish your degree.” So if a student really and truly wants to come to this institution, they can do CAP for one year and come to UT for their second year. This is a great option to me and one that students receive and probably throw away in tears.

48.  sonamdhuka said on Oct. 11, 2009

What happens if more top 8 percenters apply than the 75 percent automatic admission allows?

49.  Anthony said on Oct. 12, 2009

OK, let me see if I got this. First, this law is pertaining only to Texas residents, or is this including those who are not Texas residents? Secondly, if I am not in the top 8 percent of a high school graduating class of 250 students (20 students), I would not automatically be admitted and therefore have to go through the normal process? Very interesting if this is the case. What is the actual purpose and meaning behind this? Can you please explain? I do not see where it would create a lot more diversity. Some individuals might not fall in the top 8 percent but would be a great candidate for the university and with this rule might not be able to be admitted.

50.  Kate said on Oct. 12, 2009

@Gordie: The rule isn't to necessarily attract more in-state students. UT's reputation as the top public school in the state does that anyway in most cases. The reason for the original top 10 percent rule was to gain more regional diversity in the student body because we had a large portion of the student body coming from just two or three schools such as Highland Park and Westlake. The university wanted to be able to draw more from inner city schools or border areas without using qualifiers like race or income, which would, naturally, create a bevy of lawsuits. When it comes down to it, though, UT is a public, state-funded institution that was created as a resource for the taxpayers of Texas. Yes the university draws from other parts of the country and world (especially at the graduate level), but primarily it is here for Texans, so it makes sense that they would try to admit a fair (and large) sampling of those students.

The problem has become the number of people who qualify under this program. UT has several rather creative ways to admit the maximum number of people to each freshman class without breaking the 10 percent rule, keeping the freshman class a manageable size, and admitting students who aren't top 10 but would be valuable to the university. Some are admitted to the CAP program, which is essentially a freshman year somewhere else in the UT system (San Antonio, Arlington, Permian Basin, etc.) and then, if the student gets a qualifying grade-point average (GPA), automatic admittance to UT Austin the following year. Part of the freshman class starts in the summer as well. (This was how I was admitted in 2006.)

@Ruben and @Bill : There are a few problems with statistics on the holistic admits. They don't actually look at the students themselves. They don't account for which programs are filled by the holistic admits. Some of UT's highly accredited programs (like geology) aren't really in high demand from the general population and often are not filled by the top 10 percent rule. UT would like to be able to fill those spots and so they often dip into the non-10 percent pool for students who are actually interested in this to fill the spots.

I would also argue that due to the sheer volume of 10 percent admits (i think it was 80 percent-plus of this year's freshman class?) it only makes sense that you would have a higher grad rate.

I was admitted under the holistic admit. I had an awful GPA (top half, that's about it), but killer test scores and significant extracurricular involvement and that's what got me here. And so far I think that they've been glad to have taken a gamble on me.

51.  Amanda said on Jan. 14, 2010

I would like to go to UT for the film/performing arts program, but I'm in the top 20 percent of my class. Is there a chance of getting accepted even with a grade-point average of a 3.8?

52.  Allie said on Feb. 10, 2010

Will I be admitted? I'm in the top 5 percent.

53.  Heather said on March 10, 2010

I think this rule is a great idea! Personally I am a high school junior. I'm top 9% but I'm still confident that I will get in. This rule just gives the university a bit more say on who they want in the university.

54.  @@@@@ said on March 16, 2010

I wish I could get into Texas.

55.  hotel yorba said on March 31, 2010

A lot of students are choosing other great regional schools like Arkansas because of this. Arkansas offers in-state tuition to Texas residents who meet certain academic requirements. It's a Tier 1 institution, and Fayetteville is a really happening college town.

56.  Lauren said on March 31, 2010

I'm so happy to hear about this rule. I am a current senior and am more than happy to say I will be attending UT next year as the class of 2014!

I understand why the top 10 percent rule was in place. It gave students at less privileged schools a chance to get into this amazing university. However, for students like me who go to challenging schools it can be extremely difficult.

I have held an officer position in both NJHS/NHS, I am a Senior Girl Scout, I have earned my Bronze/Silver Award (two top honors in Girl Scouts), I am an editor for Yearbook, I am Officer in my Drill Team, I made a 27 on my ACT and a 1950 on my SAT, I have a 4.019 GPA but alas, I am only in the top 21% at my high school.

This new rule will still help students that are in my same position get into UT in years to come.

Good luck everyone! Hook 'Em Horns!

57.  Bob Dole said on April 30, 2010

This new law is absolutely ridiculous. Lets compare two different kids: One goes to a lower ranked high school, and just by adding one and one, he got into the top ten percent. The second kid takes all AP and Honors classes, and has learned a tremendous amount of material in high school, but since he goes to a top ranked high school, he is only in the top quarter. They both apply to UT Austin, and only the kid in the top ten gets accepted. After a semester or so, this kid finds out that college is just a little bit harder than addition. After his first semester, he fails out. Basically, that kids spot could have been filled by the top quarter kid who is clearly smarter, and would succeed in life. He could have graduated and made the world a better place, but rather the top ten kid just makes the world a less developed place. Basically, this situation is showing how this new law is destroying the world.

58.  Susanne said on Sept. 18, 2010

I personally as a senior (Class of 2011) in the top 8 percent of my high school class believe that this is great. Although I do agree with those of you who argue that some kids who attend schools that are higher ranked than others often lose the opportunity to attend this great school. But I also do believe that this will give many others who aren't in the top 8 or even 10 an opportunity to get accepted.
I truly cannot wait to be a Longhorn!
-Hook 'em, Horns!

59.  Fergles said on Oct. 7, 2010

I'm a senior (class of 2011) who has my heart set on attending UT in the fall. However, since 40 people of my class have dropped out, I am now not in the top 8%. I am in the top 8.5%. So, basically, I don't get automatic admission to the only college I want to attend, even though my G.P.A. is 3.905. I don't think that it's fair, honestly.

60.  Will said on Nov. 22, 2010

Well, those who are ranked 25-75% at Roxbury Latin and Exeter need not apply!

61.  joy edla said on Oct. 3, 2011

well i understand how this is good but its still not kinda fair beacuse thoes other kids tht were in the top ten tht got to go in was much easyer for them and it changes when i go in and like im in the top 8% but its much harder cus im a jr. and trying to stay in tht percentile and im right on tht border line so anythng could happen.. and im not a student tht takes it easy eather .. so ya understand where i coming thro .

62.  Shelby Reid said on Oct. 10, 2011

I am an junior who attends a small town public school in oklahoma. Is there any chance I could get into the university? This is the one college I have wanted to go to practically my whole life.

63.  Marissa said on Dec. 11, 2011

200 students recently just dropped out of my high school in less than a year. I went from being top 14Percent to 21Percent. I graduated in 2013 and this is plenty of time for me to get to at least 15 percent. But I wanted to know what are my chances of getting into UT.

64.  elisa said on Jan. 11, 2012

I'm a senior (class of 2012) What If I'm in the top 10%.. Actually I'm top 10.16% Can I still be admitted to the university?

65.  Samantha Youngblood said on Jan. 12, 2012

Hello Elisa,

I think it's best to direct your question to the Office of Admissions here at UT. Here's their main website: And here's a website geared specifically to prospective freshmen: . I hope that's helpful for you.
- Samantha Youngblood, University Communications