So, you’re thinking about applying to University of Texas at Austin (better known as UT Austin or simply Texas), and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 39.2%, admission to Texas is extremely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1600, or an ACT score of around 35.
Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Texas' admission statistics.
Texas Admissions Statistics
The Texas acceptance rate in 2017 was 39.2%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 42,392 applicants, Texas admitted about 16,633. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.75, the average ACT score was 29, and the average SAT score was 1350.
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 26, and the 75th percentile score was 31.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1240. The 75th percentile score was 1450.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
As we said, admission to Texas is very competitive. Even if Texas is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Texas' admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
Texas Application Requirements
To apply to Texas, you’ll need to, at a minimum, fill out the ApplyTexas Application, pay the $75 non-refundable application fee, a Personal Essay, 3 Short Answer Prompts (within the ApplyTexas Application), submit your high school transcript, and submit your ACT or SAT test scores. Recommendation letters and a resume are optional but helpful. Everything should be submitted by November 1 for Early Action, and January 3 for Regular Decision.
Here’s a full list of the minimum application requirements:
- Fill out the ApplyTexas Application
- Pay the $75 non-refundable application fee
- Submit an ACT score or SAT score
- Submit your high school transcript
- Submit 3 Short Answer Prompts (located within the ApplyTexas Application)
- Submit a Personal Essay
The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action and December 1st for Regular Decision. October 1st is the financial aid application deadline. Early Action notifications are released February 1st, and Regular Decision applicants find out their fates in March 1st.
Have you been admitted to Texas? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
Texas Admitted Students Profile
If you matriculate at Texas, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:
- Roughly 51% are male and 49% are female
- 5.3% of students are international
Texas has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- International: 5.3%
- Underrepresented minority: 1.0%
- Two or more races: 3.8%
- White: 44.8%
What do these admitted students plan to study? Texas offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
Texas Tuition Figures
At $50,808, Texas' cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $11,349.
Here’s a fuller look at Texas tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $50,808
- Average financial aid package: $11,349
- The average student debt of a Texas graduate is $25,338
Now, what is life like at Texas? Let’s take a look.
The University of Texas at Austin is located in Austin, Texas, the state capital.
The university's collection of libraries hold over nine million volumes in total, leaving it the seventh-largest academic library in the United States. It also generates its own electricity, capable of doing so since the 1940s.
Remember, you’re going to Texas for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
Texas has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:
- Interior Design
- Supply Chain Management
- Communication Studies
- Public Relations
- Aerospace Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Social Work
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Texas.
Student Life at Texas
Texas has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of Texas' student activities:
- Absolute Texxas
- AIGA at UT Austin
- Beyond the Breakfast Club
- Campus Bike Alliance
- Disneyy Club Texas
- Feminist Action Project Conference
- Geography Society
- Happy Horns
- Hook 'Em Arts
- In Between The Lines
- Jolt at UT Austin
- Labyrinth Progressive Student Ministry
- Longhorn Cosplay
- Magic Club
- Natural Sciences Council
Are you an athlete? Texas has got plenty of options for you.
Texas offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.
Texas’ sports include:
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Field
Who might you become with a Texas degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
Texas has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- Former First Lady Laura Bush
- US Secretary of State James Baker
- Dell founder Michael Dell
- Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coatzee
- Musician Janis Joplin
- Actor Matthew McConaughey
- MLB Pitcher Roger Clemens
- Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton
- Music mogul David Geffen
- Actor Jon Hamm
- Director Wes Anderson
- Director Robert Rodriguez
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into Texas is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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