University of Texas at Austin Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin. Amy Jacobson

UT Austin has holistic admissions, so the university considers more than your grades and standardized test scores. Applicants will apply using the ApplyTexas application, and as part of they process they will need to submit at least two essays. Your SAT/ACT scores and high school transcript will be the most important part of your application, and successful applicants tend to have grades in the "A" range and standardized test scores that are above average. The university invites applicants to submit a resumé of high school activities and letters of recommendation from people who can speak about your character and accomplishments. These non-numeric measures can play an important role in the admissions process, especially if your grades or test scores aren't ideal. Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Admissions Data (2016)

University of Texas Description

The University of Texas at Austin is the flagship campus of the Texas university system. With close to 50,000 students, the university is one of the largest in the country. Academically, UT Austin frequently ranks as one of the top public universities in the U.S., and the McCombs School of Business is especially strong. Other strengths include education, engineering, and law. The university's Longhorn athletic program, part of the Big 12 Conference, also ranks among the best in the country, and UT teams can boast of 39 NCAA championships. The football, baseball, basketball, and swimming teams are particularly notable.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 51,331 (40,168 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47 percent male / 53 percent female
  • 93 percent full-time

Costs (2016–17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,092 (in-state); $35,682 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $662 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,070
  • Other Expenses: $4,310
  • Total Cost: $25,134 (in-state); $50,724 (out-of-state)

University of Texas Financial Aid (2015–16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 60 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 45 percent
    • Loans: 39 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $11,021
    • Loans: $5,432

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors Advertising, Biology, Communication Studies, Computer and Information Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Finance, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology, Radio and Television
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 55 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 81 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track and Field, Swimming, Tennis, Baseball, Basketball, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Basketball, Volleyball

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University of Texas Mission Statement

"The mission of The University of Texas at Austin is to achieve excellence in the interrelated areas of undergraduate education, graduate education, research and public service. The university provides superior and comprehensive educational opportunities at the baccalaureate through doctoral and special professional educational levels.

The university contributes to the advancement of society through research, creative activity, scholarly inquiry and the development of new knowledge. The university preserves and promotes the arts, benefits the state’s economy, serves the citizens through public programs and provides other public service."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics