Students Say

Students insist that the University of Texas at Austin has “everything you want in a college: academics, athletics, social life, location,” and it’s hard to argue with them. UT is “a huge school and has a lot to offer,” meaning students have “an infinite number of possibilities open to them and can use them in their own way to figure out what they want for their lives.”

Overview

Applicants
38,161
Acceptance Rate
40%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
550 - 670
SAT Math
590 - 710
ACT Composite
25 - 31

Deadlines


Regular
December 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank

Overall

Students Say

Students insist that the University of Texas at Austin has “everything you want in a college: academics, athletics, social life, location,” and it’s hard to argue with them. UT is “a huge school and has a lot to offer,” meaning students have “an infinite number of possibilities open to them and can use them in their own way to figure out what they want for their lives.” As one student tells us about arriving on campus, “I did not realize how much was available to me just as an enrolled student. There is free tutoring, gym membership, professional counseling, doctors visits, legal help, career advising, and many distinguished outside speakers. The campus is crawling with experts in every field you can imagine.” Standout academic departments are numerous: from the sciences to the humanities to creative arts, UT makes a strong bid for the much-sought-after mantle of “Harvard of the south.” Also, the school does a surprisingly good job of avoiding the factory-like feel of many large schools. One student observes: “Coming to a large university, there was a prejudgment that the huge classes will make it impossible to know your professor and vice versa. The university has dispelled that myth with professors who want to know you and [who] provide opportunities to get to know them.” While professors “can vary greatly across a spectrum from ‘I’m smarter than him’ to ’I want to follow in his footsteps,’” “the class offerings at UT are generally vast and diverse, and students can often avoid taking the less-qualified professors with a little research.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17.74:1
Total Faculty
3,035
with Terminal Degree
2,677

1,866
Men
1,169
Women
600
Minority
113
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
64%
Graduate in 5 years
94%
Graduate in 6 years
100%

Majors

Accounting
Advertising
Aerospace Engineering
American Studies
Ancient Studies
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics
Arabic
Archeology
Architectural Engineering
Architecture
Art
Art Education
Art History
Astronomy
Biochemistry
Biomedical Engineering
Botany/Plant Biology
Business Administration/Management
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Classics
Communication Disorders
Communications Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Dance
Economics
Education Administration
Educational Psychology
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
English
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Ethnic Studies
Finance
French
Geography
Geology
Geophysics
German
Hebrew
Historic Preservation
History
Human Development
Human Resources Management
Industrial Engineering
Interior Design
Islamic Studies
Italian
Journalism
Kinesiology
Latin American Studies
Library Science
Linguistics
Management Information Systems
Marketing
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Technology
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Microbiology
Middle Eastern Studies
Molecular Biology
Music Education
Music History
Neuroscience
Nursing
Nutrition
Petroleum Engineering
Pharmacy
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physics
Political Science
Portuguese
Psychology
Public Policy Analysis
Public Relations
Radio and Television
Religious Studies
Russian
Slavic Languages and Literatures
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish
Special Education
Sports Management
Statistics
Theatre
Urban Planning
Urban Studies
Visual Communication
Women's Studies
Zoology

Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Claudia Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson
Former First Lady, wife of Lyndon B. Johnson

Walter Cronkite
Longtime anchorman for CBS News

Michael Dell
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Dell Computer Corporation

Bill Moyers
Journalist and White House Press Secretary

Abdullah Tariki
Co-Founder of OPEC

Barbara Smith Conrad
Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano

Elizabeth "Liz" Carpenter
Executive Assistant to Lyndon B. Johnson and Press Secretary to Lady Bird.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
79
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,580

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,713

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,899

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,300

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
49%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,580

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$9,798
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$34,722
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$760

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,490

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

“Because of the huge Greek life at UT, a ‘typical student’ would be a sorority girl or fraternity boy,” but—and it’s a big but—such students “are hardly the majority, since UT is actually made of more ‘atypical’ people than most other schools. Everyone here has his own niche, and I could not think of any type of individual who would not be able to find one of his own.” Indeed, “everyone at Texas is different! When you walk across campus, you see every type of ethnicity. There are a lot of minorities at Texas. Also, I see many disabled people, whom the school accommodates well. Everyone seems to get along. The different types of students just blend in together.” Especially by Texas standards, “Austin is known for being ‘weird.’ If you see someone dressed in a way you’ve never seen before, you just shrug it off and say ‘That’s Austin!’”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
39,979
Out of State

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
98

Demographics

18.72%
Asian
4.47%
African-American
22.79%
Hispanic
50.06%
Caucasian
4.96%
International

52% female
48% male
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Life at UT Austin is “very relaxed…Students usually wear shorts and a t-shirt to class. When the weather gets cold, you might find students wearing the same shorts and t-shirt with a sweatshirt. Students and faculty frequently picnic all over campus. There are plenty of outdoor tables and grassy areas to sit.” Undergrads “are often found throwing a Frisbee outside the tower or taking a nap under a tree. It’s truly what you see in one of those cheesy brochures with everyone studying and smiling. Of course, the smiles aren’t so bright during finals. We switch to an over-caffeinated, glazed-eye look instead.” Hometown Austin “provides a social education that a college student newly out on his own would not find anywhere else,” with “festivals or fairs of some kind going on downtown all the time” and “the infamous 6th Street with nightlife that dies down only after the bars close.” Campus and the surrounding area offer “many hike-and-bike trails and fitness organizations. It’s possible for students to train for marathons, half marathons, and triathlons while in school. Barton Springs pool is a natural spring that is very popular year-round. On any given Saturday you will find students throwing a football, going for a run, biking through the hills, kayaking in the river, having a late lunch at one of Austin’s great restaurants, or just sleeping in.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
18%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
87
First-Year Students living on campus
62%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
76

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Services for Students with Disabilities

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Krista Schutz-Hampton

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Documentation is required for consideration of accommodations once admitted to the University. Specific guidelines are available at: http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/ssd/doc.php

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Documentation is required for consideration of accommodations once admitted to the University. Specific guidelines are available at: http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/ssd/doc.php

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
1,000
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
32
Number of Religious Organizations
107

13% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Longhorns)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Longhorns)
12 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
http://www.campuscomputer.com/

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kedra B. Ishop
Vice Provost and Director of Admissions

Address
Undergraduate Admissions Center
P.O. Box 8058
Austin, TX 78713-8058

Phone
512-475-7439


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Activities Center
Frank Erwin Special Events Center
Performing Arts Center
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Blanton Museum of Art

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mt. Bonnell
Lady Bird Lake/Lake Travis
Museums/ Libraries
6th Street
State Capitol

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, Saturday
8:00am-5:00pm, 9am-noon
512-475-7439

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is a 15-minute ride from campus. City buses, airport shuttles, and taxis are available for the trip from airport to campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Austin. City buses and taxis are available to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-35, exit to Martin Luther King Blvd. The Frank Erwin Special Events Center is at the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Red River.

Local Accommodations
Accommodations available at the AT&T Education and Conference Center on the UT campus. Double Tree Inn, Super 8, The Sheraton, and Hampton Inn are also nearby.
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Key Stats

38,161
Applicants
39,979
Size
40%
Acceptance Rate
1260
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists