University of Texas at Austin campus


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 710
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 680
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 31


December 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Ethnic Studies
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Writing, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Iranian/Persian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Islamic Studies
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Science
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Interior Design
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music Management
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

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.”


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

There is a huge career services presence at UT Austin, where each college has its own dedicated office. This way while all students have access to HireUTexas, the university’s campus-wide job board, they also have resources tailored to their particular schools and interests. For instance, students in the College of Liberal Arts make take courses (for credit!) that complement and make the most of their internship experiences. And ScienceWorks is the online hub for College of Natural Sciences students looking for jobs, internships, mentors and professional development events. Job and Internship Fairs are usually organized by school as well with multiple chances to network and meet potential employers each year. UT Austin graduates who visited report a median starting salary of $50,400, and 52 percent derive a high level of meaning from their work.

Colleges that Create Futures

Service Learning

UT Austin’s motto (“What starts here changes the world”) is particularly realized in the school’s commitment to community service. Through the Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement, 75 percent of students volunteered over a million hours of service in 2013, according to the Center’s website. The center runs an events page listing larger events students can volunteer at, as well as linking students with other student organizations with whom they can serve. Additionally through the center UT Austin offers academic service-learning courses, which offer course credit for community involvement. To create these service-learning opportunities the center works with UT Austin faculty to either modify existing courses to include a service component, or to create new courses from scratch. In these courses, students work with a community partner, and are responsible for generally twenty hours of service over the semester in addition to engaging in reflective learning. Alumnus Al Sommers told us that UT Austin alumni have “a reputation for loyalty, hard work, uncompromised ethics, independent thinking and a passion for making a difference in the lives of those around us.”
Undergraduate Research

One education major we surveyed summarized life at UT Austin as “research, education, and service.” Involving undergraduates in research is a core aspect of the faculty’s mission, according to Associate Professor Mickenberg: “It’s very important [for] undergraduates [to] recognize the value of working with professors who are doing cutting-edge research, because this is partly how they can fully comprehend that knowledge is itself constructed and always evolving, and they are learning not just information but how to build knowledge. I’m also modeling an attitude of inquiry for the students . . . I’ve found that they’re very interested, and also excited to know that they’re learning from teachers who are also scholars. I’m also constantly trying to get students themselves into the archives, and to find way for them to get a sense of the thrill that comes from discovering new material and/or finding new connections between things that had always been seen as unrelated.”
The Freshman Research Initiative, which offers first-year students the opportunity to initiate and engage in authentic research experiences with faculty and graduate students in areas such as chemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology, molecular biology, and computer science, is one such research opportunity for UT Austin students. Each year more than 750 students participate in the program, which guides students through the process of producing independent, potentially publishable research projects.
Faculty are involved with student research in other ways. For example, “I participated in a research mentoring program in which I worked with a sophomore American Studies major and continued working with her through the time she wrote a senior thesis,” Professor Mickenberg told us. “Affording students additional research opportunities, the Brackenridge Field Laboratory is an urban research station on eighty-eight acres on the banks of the Colorado River with a national reputation as a premier site for research on invasive species, evolution and behavior, biodiversity, climate change, and drought. The field lab plays a strong role in undergraduate teaching in the life sciences and is a valuable magnet for attracting top faculty and graduate students to UT Austin.”

UT Austin encourages entrepreneurship and fosters a startup community within the university. To do so, the student government recently launched the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency, which connects and coordinates all UT Austin entrepreneurship organizations. The agency, which is student-run, hosts an annual UT Entrepreneurship Week each March and annually awards the UT Austin Student, Faculty and Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year awards, made possible through the sponsorship of the university’s president. UT Austin is also home to the IC2 Institute, an interdisciplinary research unit that works to advance the theory and practice of entrepreneurial wealth creation. Among its programs, the IC2 Institute runs the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), which helps startup companies successfully compete. ATI collaborates with faculty from the university and hires thirty to thirty-five UT Austin undergraduate students each semester, providing students with valuable learning experiences during the undergraduate careers.
For Al Sommers, real-world business experiences—as a sports reporter for The Daily Texan and for the student radio station and through sports writing and marketing internships with the Austin American-Statesman and the Dallas Cowboys—led him to a career working on public relations campaigns for professional sport organizations and finally to the communications agency that he now manages today: “The basic tenants of taking on a challenge, mapping out a game plan, collaborating with a team and executing to the best of your ability carry through to all levels of experience. And having the opportunity to serve in these work and intern environments as a student also afforded a valuable opportunity to observe the habits and work ethics of some very successful businesspersons along the way.”
Alumni Network

It would be an understatement to say that the UT Texas alumni network is extensive; with over 100,000 members the Texas Exes—UT’s Ex-Students Association—is one of the largest alumni networks in the world. The alumni association aims to improve the lives of both students and alumni. Members of the association benefit from networking events around the country, an online jobs board, and continued access to the UT Library System, among other advantages. In addition to his role on the marketing committee for Texas Exes, alumnus Al Sommers described how he supports his fellow Longhorns via the alumni network: “I serve as a guest lecturer on occasion to students in the public relations program, sharing stories from my career and offering perspectives on the role of public relations in today’s marketplace. . . I have also created internship opportunities for current University of Texas students at my marketing agency.” Notable UT Austin alumni include journalist Walter Cronkite, the longtime anchorman for CBS news; former first lady Lady Bird Johnson; Michal Dell of Dell Computer Corporation; mezzo-soprano Barbara Smith Conrad with the Metropolitan Opera, and Abdullah Tariki, the co-founder of OPEC. Competitive academic programs, legendary athletics, a huge sprawling campus, the eclectic allure of Austin, and a strong sense of Texas pride are the hallmarks of an education at University of Texas at Austin.
Special Facilities

UT Austin puts its resources to work for students, providing them with access to new technologies and innovative curriculum. For example, at the Satellite Design Laboratory undergraduate and graduate students work on everything from designing software to building and testing hardware for satellites that actually get launched into space. Students in 2013 who built a small satellite called ARMADILLO won first place in the national University Nanosatellite Program competition. At the Longhorn Maker Studio, students can make use of cutting-edge technology to build, create, and invent for class assignments and personal education. The maker space inspires students, expands courses, provides hands-on learning opportunities and spurs both innovation and entrepreneurship. The studio has 3D printers, laser cutters, 2D routers for manufacturing printed circuit boards, plasma cutters, and a three dimensional CNC milling machine. Finally, UT Austin’s Idea to Product program is an international, student-led competition for early-stage technology commercialization. Students from across disciplines come together to create new products that solve problems and fill a market need. Today it’s an independent entity that hosts specialized competitions across the country. Teams from sixty-three universities have participated in I2P competitions on five continents.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Bottom Line

For students who are Texas residents, the cost of tuition is a little under $9,800 which makes the school very affordable for many. For any out-of-state students, the price tag jumps to $33,842 plus another $11,362 for room and board. Whether you’re an in-state or out-ofstate student, do not forget to factor in the additional cost of books and supplies, which add up to $750.

Bang For Your Buck

UT Austin works hard to make college affordable for the families of students who wish to attend. One effort, Texas Advance, provides scholarships to the university’s brightest, most hard-working incoming freshmen with financial need. Many of these top-performing students will be also be invited to participate in one of the university’s selective academic-enrichment communities. 360 Connections set the tone once new students arrive on campus—these small groups help first-years make the most of all the opportunities for mentorship, research, internships and experiential learning that UT Austin has to offer. Meanwhile, the Office of Student Financial Services offers money management information and programming needed to help all students and their families reduce the burden of unnecessary debt.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



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

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!’”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

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

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.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Services for Students with Disabilities

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Krista Schutz-Hampton

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Documentation is required for consideration of accommodations once admitted to the University. Specific guidelines are available at:

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Documentation is required for consideration of accommodations once admitted to the University. Specific guidelines are available at:

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

15% join a fraternity


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Longhorns)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Longhorns)
12 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


UT Austin boasts a strong record when it comes to going green. A solid 75 percent of campus buildings feature designated recycling areas and the university has an overall waste-diversion rate of 51 percent. Moreover, in participation with the Clinton Global Climate Initiative, UT Austin has made a firm promise in 2009 that all new construction will achieve LEED Silver certification. Beginning in July 2012, Austin started to compost animal bedding. The on-campus housing and food services are some of the greenest in the business, diverting over 240 tons of food waste to a local compost business and offering a popular Eco-to-Go container reuse program. UT Austin has also enacted the Energy and Water Conservation Program to promote energy conservation awareness around campus. Through Energy and Water Conservation Program and utility investments, the university has implemented a number of measures which have contributed to a 12.4 percent energy reduction, with 2009 being the baseline year. Academically, students can also jump on the environmental bandwagon. Austin offers a bachelor’s degree in environmental science. Impressively, there are an additional forty-one specializations, concentrations and degree plans that are connected to sustainability. Further, UT Austin offers a graduate portfolio program in sustainability along with a MSSD in sustainable design. Of course, even the students here who fall outside of these academic disciplines understand the importance of taking environmental action. To that end, they agreed (via referendum approved by 71 percent of students) to pay a green fee. The fee, which comes to $506,000 annually, is then allocated by a student majority committee.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Susan Kearns
Interim Director of Admissions

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


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
M-F 8:00am-5:00pm, Sat 9am-noon

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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.