What you should know about freshman admission Updates & Changes
Items in this section are recent additions about updates and changes for the current or upcoming application/admissions cycle.
ADMISSIONS & RELATED PROCESSES
University to Automatically Admit Top 7% to 2015-2016 Freshman Class (updated on September 26, 2013)
University President William Powers Jr. recently sent a letter to Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announcing that the university will automatically admit eligible Texas applicants in the top 7% of their high school classes to the 2015-2016 freshman class.
SB 175, passed by the 81st Legislature, modifies automatic admission for The University of Texas at Austin. Under the law the university is to automatically admit enough students to fill 75% of available spaces set aside for Texas residents in an entering freshman class.
Please visit the Automatic Admission page for additional information.
The President's letter is posted on the TEA Correspondence page.
2013-2014 Application Policy and Process Updates (and Lots of News) in C2C
Decision Time: Becoming a Longhorn (posted March 12, 2013)
Find out what Dr. Kedra Ishop, vice provost and director of admissions, has to say about the Class of 2017 and about the admissions review process.
ACADEMICS (COLLEGES & SCHOOLS)
School of Architecture Admissions and Programs Update (September 2012)
The School of Architecture is one of the smallest academic units at the University and, consequently, the admissions process is very competitive. In support of unique perspectives and experiences, all applications are reviewed with an understanding that excellence may manifest itself in many areas and may be expressed in different forms such as compelling essays, strong academic preparation, extracurricular activities, excellent test scores, life experiences as well as other accomplishments. (Please note that the School of Architecture cannot review portfolios from freshman applicants.)
It is important that prospective students know as much as possible about the School of Architecture and its admissions process before submitting an application. To this end, we host Admissions Information Sessions, including a presentation by an academic advisor and a tour of our facilities and resources, during the fall and spring semesters. We also recommend the Summer Academy in Architecture Program for students interested in a career in architecture and interior design.
In addition, the School of Architecture offers many resources online for prospective students. Our website describes in depth our programs and application procedures and includes information on scholarships. Information is also available within our Be a Longhorn Architecture page.
The School of Architecture offers five degree programs.
- The Bachelor of Architecture is a five-year accredited program in preparation for internship and, eventually, licensure. This degree path features a rigorous design-oriented curriculum with a solid foundation in building science and history/theory of architecture.
- The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is a four-year professional program. Combining design, history, theory, construction, and computer applications, the interior design degree emphasizes a rigorous design-oriented curriculum while emphasizing a distinct perspective.
- The pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies with an optional emphasis in architectural history, combines architecture with arts and sciences. It provides an excellent platform for future graduate studies in architecture and associated fields such as planning, real estate, landscape architecture, environmental law, industrial design, and construction management.
The School also offers two dual degree programs.
- The Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering is a six-year dual professional degree founded upon the mutual interests of both architecture and engineering.
- The Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Arts in Plan II Honors is a five-year program (including summers) that pairs professional architectural study with an interdisciplinary Liberal Arts education.
Please contact the School of Architecture’s Undergraduate Advising Office at SOA-UG@austin.utexas.edu for additional information.
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The following items may still have significance but are not new for this application cycle.
FAFSA Priority Deadline Moving to March 15 (November 6, 2011)
Last year the Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) received more than 25,000 FAFSAs (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) before the priority deadline, ensuring that each student who filed one of those FAFSAs secured a priority "space," which increased their opportunity to receive the most favorable financial package—one that includes as much grant funding as possible.
Effective in 2012, the FAFSA priority filing deadline is March 15—and will apply to FAFSAs filed by students seeking need-based aid beginning summer 2012 and beyond.
What does an earlier FAFSA priority deadline mean for your students?
- The new deadline matches the date by which the state requires Texas residents to file FAFSAs in order to have priority for Top 10 Percent scholarships.
- Considering the time it takes to receive W-2's from employers, it also provides your students and their parents with approximately six weeks to complete IRS tax forms that yield key FAFSA data.
- March 15 also falls on a day when most high schools in Texas are on Spring Break. This means that your students and his/her parents should be able to complete the application without juggling after-school activities.
Deciding which university to attend can be a difficult decision for families to make and historically, the earlier a financial aid award letter is received by a student, the earlier a decision can be made. A March 15 deadline will allow OSFS to make award letters available in mid-to late-March, allowing students ample time to evaluate their award offer before making the decision to attend.
In reference to the high school counselors and educators who help prospective UT Austin students work trough the financial aid process, Dr. Tom Melecki, Director of the Office of Student Financial Services, said, "On behalf of The University of Texas at Austin, and the Office of Student Financial Services, I thank you for dedicating yourself to preparing your students for the transition from high school to college. Your commitments to your students are valued by the entire university community."
Enrollment Deposit Satisfaction Needed to Register for Orientation (January 2011)
The Office of Admissions has learned that New Student Services (the orientation office) has implemented a new policy that means that admitted applicants must pay their enrollment deposit (or qualify for a deferment of the deposit) before they will be able to register for orientation.
Admitted students who have questions about orientation should contact New Student Services.
High School Coursework Requirements Change; Exemptions Available
Beginning with those who apply to summer/fall 2011, freshman applicants to UT Austin will have to meet the state’s high school coursework requirements as defined in the state’s Uniform Admission Policy.
The state’s requirements mean that applicants to UT Austin must be on track to graduate under the state’s Recommended High School Program or the Distinguished High School Program (also called the Advanced High School Program).
The requirements allow for exemptions for students who attend private high schools in Texas, for out-of-state applicants, and for some students who attend Texas public high schools. Students claiming an exemption will have to submit an exemption form completed by their high school counselors. Examples of exemptions include students who complete coursework that is equal to the state’s requirements and students who earn certain SAT/ACT scores. Students who are exempt from the state’s requirements will be required to complete UT Austin’s minimum high school coursework requirements.
Details about the state requirements, the situations that may result in an exemption, and UT Austin’s minimum requirements are available on the State Requirements and Exemptions for HS Courses page.
Submitting electronic transcripts to UT Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is now accepting electronic high school transcripts from Texas public high schools through the Texas Records Exchange System (TREx).
Non-public Texas schools, out-of-state schools, and Texas public schools not yet ready to submit transcripts electronically should continue to submit transcripts as they always have.
Before submitting transcripts electronically through TREx, high schools must conduct a test with a college or university partner. To find out how to test with UT Austin, visit the Office of the Registrar’s web site. Additional information is also available on the Texas Education Agency’s TREx web site.
Freshman English Credit for SAT/ACT Writing Scores
Enrolling students with SAT Writing scores between 600 and 800 and ACT writing scores of 26 or higher earn credit for freshman English (RHE 306) at UT Austin. Details about earning credit for RHE 306 and other credit through placement testing is available on the Student Testing Services web site.