The University of Texas at Austin

Website: www.admissions.utexas.edu

Mailing Address:

Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 8058
Austin, TX 78713

Freshman:

Summer/Fall- December 1st
Spring-October 1st

 

Transfer:

Summer/Fall-March 1st
Spring-October 1st

If you have graduated or will soon graduate from high school or receive a GED and you have not enrolled in another college or university after graduating, apply for freshman admission.

To be considered, submit the following:

The online application
Like other Texas public universities, we use the ApplyTexas application. Use it to report your complete academic record, including college credit earned as dual credit.

Two essays
Along with your ApplyTexas application, submit at least two essays.

Essay Topics

Topic A   
What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person.

Topic B
Most students have an identity, an interest or a talent that defines them in an essential way. Tell us about yourself.

Topic C
You’ve got a ticket in your hand—Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?

Topic D
Personal interaction with objects, images and spaces can be so powerful as to change the way one thinks about particular issues or topics. For your intended area of study (architecture, art history, design, studio art, visual art studies/art education), describe an experience where instruction in that area or your personal interaction with an object, image or space effected this type of change in your thinking. What did you do to act upon your new thinking and what have you done to prepare yourself for further study in this area?

Topic N
Considering nursing as your first-choice major, discuss how your current and future academic activities, extracurricular pursuits and life experiences will help you achieve your goals.

Topic S
There may be personal information that you want considered as part of your admissions application. Write an essay describing that information. You might include exceptional hardships, challenges, or opportunities that have shaped or impacted your abilities or academic credentials, personal responsibilities, exceptional achievements or talents, educational goals, or ways in which you might contribute to an institution committed to creating a diverse learning environment.

Topic W
Discuss the reasons you chose social work as your first-choice major and how a social work degree from UT Austin will prepare you for the future.

Your high school transcript(s)
Send us official transcript(s) documenting all coursework undertaken during your high school career. If your high school does not rank students, include a statement from your school describing its policy, a copy of your school’s profile and a GPA or grade distribution report.

Any college transcript(s)
Send us official transcript(s) documenting any college credit earned while in high school (dual credit counts!).

Student Information Form
Via MyStatus, tell us about your high-school coursework.

The Student Information Form is used to streamline our processes, allowing us to confirm that you meet our high school coursework requirements and move your application into review. To complete the form, you’ll probably need a reference copy of your high-school transcript.

Test scores
Ask testing agencies to send official reports of scores you earned on the SAT or ACT exams. (You must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if you are an international applicant.)

Major-specific items
In addition to reviewing the prerequisites, submit any additional items required by the majors you’ve selected as your first and second choices.

Résumé
Submit an expanded résumé offering additional information about your achievements. While this isn’t required, it’s strongly recommended.

Letter(s) of recommendation
Ask someone who knows you well to write a letter about your character and accomplishments. Letters of recommendation are appreciated but not required.

If you have already started your post-secondary studies at another college or university after graduating from high school or earning a GED, and have or will have earned 24 semester hours of required transferable coursework (30 hours for Summer/Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 applicants) at another college or university, apply for transfer admission.

The online application
Like other Texas public universities, we use the ApplyTexas application. Use it to report your complete academic record.

Two essays
Along with your ApplyTexas application, submit at least two essays.

Your college transcript(s)
Send us official transcript(s) documenting all coursework you have attempted at any college or university.

Your high school transcript
If applicable, send us a high school transcript.

Résumé
Submit an expanded résumé offering additional information about your achievements.

Major-specific items
In addition to reviewing the prerequisites, submit any additional items required by the majors you’ve selected as your first and second choices.

Letter(s) of recommendation
Ask someone who knows you well to write a letter about your character and accomplishments. Letters of recommendation are appreciated but not required.

Freshman or Transfer:

Pay the non-refundable $75 application fee—$90 for international applicants—when you submit your ApplyTexas application. Fee waivers are available.

Like other colleges and universities, The University of Texas at Austin administers a range of financial aid beyond scholarships.

​To apply for financial aid:

Complete the FAFSA
By March 15, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Even if you think you’re not likely to qualify for need-based aid, it’s still a good idea to apply.

Monitor CASH
The university’s CASH—Check Aid Status Here—system provides information about the status of your scholarship and financial aid applications. It’s also where we’ll notify you of any additional documentation required.

Types of Aid
Available aid includes:

Grants
Grants, including the Pell Grant, TEXAS Grant and Texas Public Education Grant, are a form of need-based financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Individual awards range from $1-10,000.

Work-Study
Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs to students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to pay educational expenses.

Students who do not qualify for Work-Study still have employment options available, both on and off campus. Many of these job opportunities are listed in the university’s job bank.

Loans
The U.S. Department of Education offers two federal student loan programs: the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program and the Federal Perkins Loan Program. Direct Loan offerings include the Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan and Direct Plus Loan. Additionally, Texas offers a limited number of low-interest loans to students who are residents of the state.

Finally, private education loan programs are available in cases where the federal or state loan programs are inadequate to meet educational expenses. Generally offered by for-profit lending institutions, private education loans provide funds from a private lender or bank of the student’s choice. Federal student loans include many benefits not typically offered with private loans, such as fixed interest rates and income-based repayment plans. In contrast, private loans are generally more expensive (variable interest rates, additional fees) and require an established credit record or a cosigner.

Exemptions and Waivers
Some students—ROTC participants and class valedictorians, for instance—are eligible for exemptions and waivers. The Office of Accounting’s Student Accounts Receivable offers additional information about eligibility, as does College for All Texans.

FAFSA Deadline:

Priority: March 15
(Submission by March 1 encouraged for state grant consideration; FAFSA must be processed and error-free by March 15.)

Scholarships can provide key funding for your undergraduate education at The University of Texas at Austin.

Our scholarship database indexes many of the scholarships administered by the university and its colleges and schools. It also lists a limited number of private scholarships.

To apply for the majority of these, you should:

Scholarships:
The ApplyTexas application—the same application used to apply for admission—will allow freshmen to gain automatic consideration for many scholarships. Simply complete the scholarship section.

Continuing students, transfer students who have completed the application for admission, and former students applying for readmission may apply for scholarships by completing the Continuing and Transfer Scholarship Application.

Contact your academic department
Many academic units on campus have additional scholarship application requirements that you must complete after submitting the appropriate scholarship application. There may even be scholarships offered at the departmental level not listed in the scholarship database.

Check with the college, school or department that houses the major you’re applying to in order to learn more about its particular opportunities and application procedures.

Other Scholarships
Find private scholarships not listed in the university’s database online. Proven search tools include:

Cost of attendance is broadly defined as the average cost to attend a college or university for one academic year—the fall and spring semesters.

It includes tuition and an estimate of average costs for books and supplies, room and board, transportation and personal expenses.

 

Undergraduate Costs by Semester
Tuition and Fees – 2016-17
Fall/Spring Summer
Texas Resident: $4,813-5,530 Texas Resident: $2,583-2,967
Non-Texas Resident: $17,131-19,635 Non-Texas Resident: $9,191-10,533
Other Costs – 2016-17
Fall/Spring Summer
Room and Board: Room and Board:
$5,035 (On- or Off-Campus Housing) $3,820 (On- or Off-Campus Housing)
​$1,674 (Commuter) ​$1,275 (Commuter)
Miscellaneous Expenses: $2,486 ​Miscellaneous Expenses: $1,628

Definitions

Tuition & Fees
The average cost of tuition and fees based on 12 hours per semester enrollment for undergraduate students and nine hours for graduate students (fall or spring), or nine hours of enrollment for undergraduate students and three hours for graduate students (summer). Actual costs will vary depending on the student’s degree or certificate program.

Room & Board
The average cost per semester to live in the city of Austin while attending the university. Actual costs may vary by individual choices related to location and circumstances. The on- and off-campus costs assume a roommate. Room and board costs will not be adjusted based on individual choices unless there are unusual circumstances for which a student successfully appeals. Additional information about the cost of on-campus housing is published by the Division of Housing and Food Service.

Miscellaneous Expenses

Books & Supplies
The average cost of books and supplies per semester. Actual costs may vary by enrollment.

Transportation
The allowance provided each semester to assist students who require transportation to campus from out of town and vice versa, not to maintain a vehicle. University shuttles and the Austin city buses transport students around campus and Austin for free.

Personal Expenses
The miscellaneous allowance for personal expenses—from clothing and laundry to going to a movie or buying a pizza—each semester. Actual expenses will vary.

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