The University of Texas at Austin Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of the University of Texas at Austin

With an acceptance rate of just 39 percent, the University of Texas at Austin is one of the more selective public institutions in the country. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. Students are backed by an 18 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 51,832 (40,804 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46 percent male/54 percent female
  • 93 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,818 (in-state); $38,228 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $700
  • Room and Board: $11,812
  • Other Expenses: $4,392
  • Total Cost: $27,722 (in-state); $55,132 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 65 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 45 percent
    • Loans: 43 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,671
    • Loans: $6,242

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Social Sciences; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 61 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 83 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Crew-Rowing, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball
  • The Texas Longhorns play in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference.

Overview of University of Texas at Austin Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps.

Admissions Data

During the 2018-19 academic year, UT Austin had an acceptance rate of 39%.

SAT Requirements and Scores

The mean 50% of applicants scored between 620 and 720 on the evidence-based reading and writing part. 25% of applicants scored a 620 or lower, and at the top end, 25% scored a 720 or higher. The mean 50% scored between 610 and 760 on the math part. This reveals that 25% scored a 610 or lower, and 25% scored a 760 or higher. The applicants with a competitive chance of being accepted to UT Austin will have SAT scores in the 1400s or higher. National SAT data shows us that Successful applicants have SAT scores in the top 25% of all test-takers.

ACT Requirements and Scores

The mean 50% of students had scores ranging between 27 and 33. This reveals that the bottom 25% of students had 27 or lower scores, and the top quarter scored a 33 or higher. Competitive applicants to UT Austin have an ACT score in the 30s.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for UT Austin, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If UT Austin is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Connecticut, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Syracuse University, United States Military Academy, Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for UT Austin, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Binghamton University, Lehigh University, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Washington, Stony Brook University, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than UT Austin. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

New York University, University of Michigan, Emory University, Boston College, Boston University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Villanova University

Applying to UT Austin

Application Deadline: December 1

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