The University of Texas at Austin
The Ivy Scholars guide to UT Austin’s culture, admissions, and other essential information for prospective students and their families.
Location: Austin, Texas
Mascot: Bevo the Longhorn Steer
Type: Public University
Nearly 140 years ago, The University of Texas at Austin opened with one building, eight professors, and 221 students. Today, UT ranks among the top 40 universities in the world. It supports 51,000 diverse students with top national programs across 18 colleges and schools. And as Texas’ leading research university, UT attracts more than $650 million annually for discovery. In their words – “What starts here changes the world.”
The University of Texas has a 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and the school has a 37.6% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Currently, there are 8,960 students enrolled. Of those, 56% of those students identify as female, and 44% of those identify as male.
The University of Texas strives for 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.
Learning — A caring community, all of us students, helping one another grow.
Discovery — Expanding knowledge and human understanding.
Freedom — To seek the truth and express it.
Leadership — The will to excel with integrity and the spirit that nothing is impossible.
Individual Opportunity — Many options, diverse people and ideas, one university.
Responsibility — To serve as a catalyst for positive change in Texas and beyond.
The University of Texas at Austin is proud to be one of the world’s leading research universities. UT researchers work to fight and treat diseases, devise solutions to global problems, address critically important social issues, and improve the human condition in myriad ways. They have 786 U.S. & international patents since 2008 – as well as 6,237 externally sponsored projects.
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You have two options when it comes to the application: the ApplyTexas application or the Coalition for College application.
As of the 2020-21 school year, the total tuition cost for attending UT Austin is $28,756. This price includes tuition ($11,852), room and board ($11,812), books ($700), transportation ($1,490), and personal expenses ($2,902).
All admitted freshman applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. UT offers over 3,000 scholarships to incoming and current students.
Over $46 million in financial aid and scholarships awarded to TX22
Longhorn Fixed Tuition is an optional tuition program available only to undergraduate students enrolling at UT for the first time. Longhorn Fixed Tuition rates remain the same for four consecutive academic years. The rates are guaranteed each semester the student is enrolled during this period. Fixed tuition rates are higher than traditional rates because they are based on the projected average flat-rate tuition over the next four years.
Additionally, The University of Texas at Austin wants all high school students to know that college is affordable for everyone. We’ve collaborated with the college access platform RaiseMe to reward students for studying hard, volunteering, and getting involved in their community. And those activities will be rewarded with scholarships to help you join us on the Forty Acres.
Students from selected low-income high schools across the state of Texas will be eligible to earn incremental, achievement-based “micro-scholarships” to reward their progress toward building a successful foundation for an undergraduate experience at UT Austin.
Rankings According to U.S. News’ 2020 Collegiate Rankings:
In the fall of 2019, 50,576 students applied to UT Austin’s undergraduate program. Of those applicants, 19,482 were admitted, and 8,960 of those admitted enrolled at the school. This puts UT Austin’s acceptance rate at 39%
When applying to UT Austin, students must commit to one of the 13 specific academic schools; however, one does not need to declare a major until the second semester of sophomore year.
The priority deadline to apply to UT Austin is November 1st. All completed applications received by November 1 will receive an admission decision by February 1, which may include a deferred decision to March 1st.
The regular decision deadline is December 1st.
The transfer deadline is March 1sh.
Some schools within the university have specific deadlines of their own.