UT Austin GPA, SAT and ACT Data

With an acceptance rate of about 40 percent, the University of Texas at Austin is one of the country's more selective public universities.

UT Austin notes that the average SAT score of admitted students is 1259 out of 1600 and the average ACT score is 29. Over 73 percent of admitted students graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class and over 90 percent graduated in the top quarter.

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UT Austin GPA, SAT, and ACT Graph

University of Texas Austin GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
University of Texas Austin GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

In this graph, green and blue represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of accepted students had a GPA of B+/A- or higher, an SAT score (RW+M) above about 1100, and an ACT composite score of 22 or higher. Chances of admission improve as those numbers go up. Realize, however, that hidden beneath the blue and green on the graph is a lot of red -- some students with excellent transcripts and strong standardized test results still get rejected from the University of Texas (see the graph below for more information)

Note also that a number of students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. The University of Texas has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are considering qualitative as well as quantitative information. Students who show some kind of interesting talent or have a compelling story to tell will often get a close look even if grades and test scores aren't quite up to the ideal. A winning essay, strong letters of recommendation, and interesting extracurricular activities are all important pieces of a successful application.

Rejection and Waitlist Data for UT Austin

Rejection and Waitlist Data for UT Austin
Rejection and Waitlist Data for UT Austin. Data courtesy of Cappex

From the graph at the top of this article, you might be led to conclude that students with "A" averages and strong SAT or ACT scores are almost certain to get into the University of Texas at Austin. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Plenty of students with GPAs and standardized test scores that are on target for the university fail to be admitted.

The rejection of a seemingly qualified student can be the result of many factors: lack of depth or accomplishment in extracurricular activities; failure to demonstrate leadership ability; a lack of challenging AP, IB or Honors courses; a sloppy admissions essay; and more. Also, out-of-state applicants will face a higher admissions bar than Texas students. 

Be sure to strengthen your application by submitting an optional activities resumé and optional letters of recommendation.

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