University of Texas in Austin, TX

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About University of Texas at Austin

Located in the capital of Texas, the University of Texas is one of the largest public universities in the country. Athletes from the University of Texas, known as the Texas Longhorns, have won more than 40 national titles, including four national football championships. At the 2012 London Olympics, UT students and alumni won 13 medals, including six gold medals. Bevo the Texas longhorn is the school mascot, and the school colors are burnt orange and white. One notable landmark at UT Austin is the tall UT Tower, which lights up burnt orange after athletic victories and on other special occasions.

Established in 1883, UT Austin has received accolades from a number of different publications, including U.S. News & World Report, which named UT Austin the 13th best public university in 2012. Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranked UT Austin one of the 'Best Values in Public Colleges' in 2012.


As of the 2011 academic year, the University of Texas at Austin had an enrollment of 51,112 students, of which 38,437 were undergraduates. UT Austin employs over 2,000 faculty members and the student/faculty ratio is 18 to 1. UT Austin offers 170 undergraduate degree programs in 17 schools, including the Cockrell School of Engineering, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts, the Jackson School of Geosciences, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the School of Undergraduate Studies.

Professors at UT Austin have won a wide variety of awards in a multitude of disciplines, including the Nobel Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. UT Austin houses several world-class archives, museums, and research facilities, including the Harry Ransom Center, the McDonald Observatory, the Blantom Museum of Art, and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. UT Austin has the fifth largest college library system in the United States, housing collections such as the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection and the Alexander Architectural Archive.


Prospective freshman wishing to apply to UT Austin may apply online through and pay a $75 application fee. Prospective freshmen must complete all the courses specified as part of the 'Recommended High School Program' defined by the State of Texas. Students who do not meet these criteria may be granted an exemption under certain circumstances. All applicants should also include two personal essays; some colleges may also require an essay that is specific to the particular major of the applicant.

Other documents required during the admissions process include SAT or ACT scores and official high school transcripts. The University of Texas also recommends that students submit an expanded resume. The application deadline for the fall semester is December 1 and the deadline for the spring semester is October 1. In the fall of 2011, the average total SAT score for new students was 1858.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Annual tuition at UT Austin cost in-state undergraduate students between $9,346 and $10,738 in 2011, while out-of-state undergraduates paid from $31,756 to $36,396 per year. Students living on campus pay at least $8,714 per year for room and board, while books and other supplies cost about $452 a semester. Approximately 66% of undergraduates at UT Austin received some kind of financial assistance in 2010-11.

Students may apply for several grant programs, including the Pell Grant, the ACG and SMART Grants, the TEXAS Grant, and the UT Grant. UT Austin also offers private scholarships that students can apply for online. The Office of Student Financial Services offers a series of classes called Bevonomics to teach students how to budget their money, search for scholarships, and manage their student loans.

The University of Texas at Austin QUICK FACTS
School Type Public, 4-year university**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 38,437 undergraduates and 12,675 graduates (2011)**
Schools and Programs 17 schools and colleges; 170 undergraduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Biological Sciences (668)
Master's: Business Administration and Management(579)
Doctorate: Law (382)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 51% in 4 years
81% in 6 years
83% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 47% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 7,149 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 92% in 2011**
Application Due Date December 1 for fall and October 1 for spring*
Decision Notification Date Variable by degree plan; target date for summer/fall is before the end of February*
Tuition (YEAR) $9,346-$10,738 in-state for undergraduates (2011)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (28%), Pell grants (28%), other federal grants (26%), state and local grants/scholarships (36%), institutional grants/scholarships (46%), federal loans (43%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 66%**

*University of Texas at Austin, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: The University of Texas at Austin, Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 8058, Austin, TX 78713-8058
  • Phone: 512-475-7440
  • Website:

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