What happens after your CAP Year Returning to UT Austin
Imagine this scene: It’s almost spring break. You’re enrolled in the spring semester of your freshman year—the final semester of your CAP year. Things are going well. Your GPA is on track. You’ll have 30 hours when you finish the semester. You’ve got everything pretty much under control.
Then one morning you’re having breakfast with a fellow CAP student who asks you this question: So where are you going to live when you get to Austin?
Before calling mom or dad for help, take some time to think about the following things that you’ll need to see about before enrolling at UT Austin.
No Application Required
Students completing CAP requirements should not submit a transfer admissions application when preparing to enroll at UT Austin.
Returning to UT Austin
Major selection process
When we contact you in the fall of your freshman year (usually in November), we’ll ask you if you’d like to be considered for a major outside Undergraduate Studies or Liberal Arts.
If you select a first-choice major outside Undergraduate Studies or Liberal Arts, you'll need to submit the following items to UT Austin by March 1 to be considered for that major:
- Two essays (a personal essay and a statement of purpose)
- Official college transcript(s) showing every college course(s) taken during high school (e.g. dual credit courses and concurrent enrollment courses) or up until the time you begin your fall classes as part of CAP
- Any special application materials related to the program, college or major to which you’re applying at UT Austin
You do not need to submit an actual admissions application — even if you request a major outside Liberal Arts or Undergraduate Studies. We'll send detailed instructions about this process to you during the fall of your freshman year.
Selecting a major outside of Undergraduate Studies or Liberal Arts does not affect your guaranteed admission to UT Austin. In other words, if you apply to another major (Business, for example) and are denied, you will still be admitted to UT Austin in Undergraduate Studies or Liberal Arts if you complete the CAP requirements during your freshman year. (Admission to specific Liberal Arts majors is not guaranteed.)
Your final transcript
The last thing that you have to do to make sure that you complete your CAP requirements is to send us a final transcript that shows your completed fall and spring semester coursework. If you’re not sure how to request a transcript, contact your CAP advisor at the UT System school you’re attending for details.
Your transcript must arrive at UT Austin by June 1 (or the following Monday if June 1 is on a weekend). Be sure to request it as soon as your spring semester grades are posted so that it can get to us in time.
After you receive your official admission letter from UT Austin, including a decision about the major to which you’ve been admitted, you’ll be able to register for orientation. (Not all majors are represented at each session, so you’ll need to know the major to which you’ve been admitted before you can register.)
Visit the Orientation page on the transfer admission site for details.
If you are currently participating in the Coordinated Admission Program and plan to successfully complete the program requirements and enroll at UT Austin in the fall of 2015, you should apply for financial aid using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible after January 1. Here are a few important details to keep in mind when completing the FAFSA.
- If you submitted the 2014-2015 FAFSA for your freshman year aid, you may apply for financial aid for 2015-2016 using the Renewal FAFSA. If you did not submit a FAFSA for your freshman year and you wish to apply for aid for your sophomore year, you should complete the regular FAFSA.
- You should list UT Austin and the current UT System school you are attending as schools to receive your FAFSA information.
- The UT Austin school code is 003658.
- The FAFSA priority deadline for UT Austin is March 15.
If you are currently participating in the Coordinated Admission Program and plan to successfully complete the program and enroll at UT Austin for your sophomore year, you should submit the Continuing & Transfer Student Scholarship Application. You can find more information about scholarship application procedures for CAP students at TexasScholarships.org. The scholarship deadline is April 1.
If you are interested in living on campus during your first year at UT Austin, you may apply for housing at any time after you accept your CAP offer. That means you may apply for housing now, if you’d like. The housing application is available August 1.
To apply for on-campus housing, access the online housing application.
- If you applied to live on campus when you applied for freshman admission to UT Austin, you will not have to pay the $50 housing application fee when you complete the housing application, but you must complete the application.
- If this is the first time you are applying to live on campus at UT Austin, you will have to pay the $50 application fee when you apply.
- Completing the housing application does not guarantee on-campus housing.
Contracts for transfer and upper-division students are offered based on available space. First-time incoming freshmen are given priority for housing. You must be admitted to the university in order to receive a housing contract. If you are offered a housing contract, sign it and return it with the $300 advance payment to the Division of Housing and Food Service by the contract expiration date.
You’ll have the opportunity to submit your residence hall preferences and list roommate(s) (if you have someone in mind) after you are offered a housing contract. (Requests for specific residence halls are not guaranteed.)
Resources and services
UT students have a wide range of resources and services to help them once they’re on campus. Whether you’re looking for information about testing services, computer and internet services, health services and information, or you just want to know how to pay your tuition bill, you’ll find access to the right information on the Transfer Resources & Services page.