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Texas law offers eligible freshman applicants automatic admission to public colleges and universities, including the University of Texas at Austin. The initial legislation, passed into law in 1997, offered automatic admission to eligible students in the top 10% of their high school class.

Automatic Admission Rules

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has established rules that govern which students are eligible for automatic admission.

Modifications to Texas’ Automatic Admission Law

SB 175, passed by the 81st Legislature in the spring of 2009, modifies the automatic admission program for The University of Texas at Austin. Under the new law,

  • The University is to automatically admit enough students to fill 75% of available Texas resident spaces.
  • Each fall by September 15 the university will notify Texas school officials of the class rank that current high school juniors need to attain by the end of their junior year in order to be automatically admitted two years out.
  • SB 175 went into effect with the 2011 summer/fall class and is currently scheduled to be in effect for applicants through summer/fall 2017 and spring 2018.

To be considered for admission, freshman applicants to UT Austin must meet the state’s uniform standard for high school coursework as defined by SB 3826.

Class Rank to Be Automatically Admitted

UT Austin automatically admitted all eligible top 10% applicants to the 2010 summer/fall class and will admit all eligible top 10% applicants to the 2011 spring class. SB 175 does not affect automatic admission for these applicants. The changes go into effect for the first time for applicants to the 2011 summer/fall entering freshman class.

The following information provides details about automatic admission for the next few years.

Automatic Admission Details

Summer/fall 2010 & spring 2011 applicants

  • Class rank to be automatically admitted: Top 10%

Summer/fall 2011 & spring 2012 applicants

  • Class rank to be automatically admitted: Top 8%
  • Notification to Texas educators: September 2009

Summer/fall 2012 & spring 2013 applicants

  • Class rank to be automatically admitted: Top 9%
  • Notification to Texas educators: September 2010

Summer/fall 2013 & spring 2014 applicants

  • Class rank to be automatically admitted: Top 8%
  • Notification to Texas educators: September 2011

Summer/fall 2014 & spring 2015 applicants

  • Class rank to be automatically admitted: Top 7%
  • Notification to Texas educators: September 2012

Summer/fall 2015 & spring 2016 applicants

  • Class rank to be automatically admitted: Top 7%
  • Notification to Texas educators: September 2013

Summer/fall 2016 & spring 2017 applicants

  • Class rank to be automatically admitted: To be determined
  • Notification to Texas educators: September 2014

Applicants Not Automatically Admitted

After automatically admitting eligible Texas applicants each year, the university fills any remaining spaces in the freshman class through holistic review. During review the Office of Admissions considers an individual applicant’s academic achievement and personal achievement.

Updated Fri, 2014-08-29 22:36 | Top

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The University of Texas at Austin
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Austin, TX 78713-8058

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