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The University of Texas at Austin, or UT Austin, is the flagship university in the University of Texas System. This state research university was founded in 1883. The 1,400-acre campus is about 1/4 mile away from the State Capitol in Austin, Texas. With more than 50,000 students and 24,000 faculty and staff, the university is the fifth-largest in the nation, in terms of student enrollment.

The University of Texas at Austin was inaugurated into the American Association of Universities in 1929. It was also named one of the original eight Public Ivy Institutions. UT Austin is a major academic research center and receives the second most federal research grants among American universities lacking a medical school. A majority of the university’s research is focused on physical sciences and engineering. Although it does not have a medical school, UT Austin does an extensive amount of research in this field each year in cooperation with the medical programs it houses for other campuses. The university operates several auxiliary research facilities like the McDonald Observatory and the J.J. Pickle Research Campus. Faculty members have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize, the Wolf Prize, the National Medal of Science, and many other awards.

The University of Texas at Austin is not only an academic and research powerhouse, it is also well-known for its outstanding Division I athletic programs which are consistently ranked among the nation’s top five. Nicknamed the Longhorns, UT Austin is best known for its football program, which has won four national championships and is the third most victorious team in the country. However, its baseball, basketball, swimming, and diving teams have all gained national prominence in recent years. Among all sports, the Longhorns have won more than 40 national championships. Current and former UT Austin students have earned 88 Olympic medals.

Students attending UT Austin are greeted by a large amount of opportunities to become involved in the campus community. More than 900 student organizations are recognized by the university, including three student government bodies responsible for representing the needs and views of students to administration and faculty. One student organization, the Livestrong Foundation, sponsors the Texas 4000 which is the longest bike ride for charity in the world – from Austin, TX to Anchorage, AK – and has raised more than $50 million for cancer research. A variety of intramural sports programs are offered to UT Austin students who are some of the most active participants in the country in these sports. Students more interested in cultural entertainment have at their disposal a performing arts center that puts on annual dance performances, and a concert hall concerts, and plays. Seven museums are located throughout UT Austin’s campus, giving students the opportunity to peruse fine art and historical items, including one of the five remaining complete Gutenberg Bibles. In addition to these activities, the university hosts dances, movies, and non-credit lectures throughout the year.

Seal of The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is considered a “more selective” institution, and approximately 45 percent of those who apply are accepted. The average ACT composite score among accepted students is 28, while the average SAT score is 1858. Students wishing to be accepted to one of UT Austin’s schools, such as the School of Engineering, are required to meet additional criteria for admission.

With a nearly unparalleled learning and research environment, the University of Texas at Austin is committed to providing the best educational experience in the world. Not only does UT Austin strive to be the number one academic choice, it also works to make its programs a stellar financial choice by offering a variety of grants, scholarships, and loans to ensure that all qualified students can take advantage of its academic reputation and community. In fact, UT Austin has been ranked second-best in the nation in terms of its value based on a SmartMoney analysis of tuition versus salary.

UT Austin is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

University of Texas at Austin Programs

More than 100 undergraduate and 170 graduate degrees are offered in a variety of fields at the University of Texas at Austin. Among the school’s more than 50,000 students, the most popular undergraduate programs are biological sciences, psychology, and unspecified business, while the most popular graduate programs are electrical and computer engineering, business administration, and pharmacy.

Qualifying students can participate in one of seven honors programs: the Business Honors Program, Liberal Arts Honors, Engineering Honors, the Dean’s Scholars Honors Program in Natural Sciences, the Health Science Honors Program in Natural Sciences, the Turing Scholars Program in Computer Sciences, and the Interdisciplinary Plan II Honors Program.

Unlike a handful of the other University of Texas campuses, the University of Texas at Austin does not offer online degree programs. However, the school does offer online courses that can count toward UT Austin credit. Courses are offered in a variety of subjects and new courses are consistently being added. Some of the available courses include:

  • American Literature
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Texas Government
  • American Foreign Relations
  • Human Sexuality
  • U.S. Diplomatic History
  • First-Year Latin I
  • Introduction to Logic
  • General Physics
  • Statistical Methods in Psychology
  • Second-Year Spanish I

The online courses for University of Texas undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered through the UT Online Consortium –

According to U.S. News & World Report, the University of Texas at Austin has some of the nation’s best graduate school departments. These include the School of Business (17th best in the nation), the School of Engineering (11th best in the nation), the College of Pharmacy (4th best in the nation among pharmacy schools), the School of Public Affairs (16th best in the country among graduate level public affairs programs), the College of Education (4th best in the country), the School of Social Work (7th best in the nation among social work graduate programs), the School of Geosciences (9th best among graduate level earth science programs), and the School of Law (15th best in the United States).

Additionally, UT Austin’s business school has been ranked high in terms of the number of alumni who go on to become S&P 500 CEOs and Fortune 1000 CEOs.

Departments, Colleges, and School

The University of Texas at Austin programs are organized into eighteen colleges and schools and one academic unit:

  • Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Dell Medical School
  • College of Communication
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Continuing Education
  • Graduate Studies
  • Jackson School of Geosciences
  • LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • McCombs School of Business
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Information
  • School of Law
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Undergraduate Studies

Library System

The University of Texas at Austin houses the fifth largest academic library and eleventh largest overall library in the country. Its 17 libraries contain more than 8 million volumes. The UT Austin library is surpassed in academia only by Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Illinois at Urbana, and the University of California at Berkeley.

While some of the libraries offer general information, others contain specialized volumes for students in those fields. These libraries include the Chemistry (Mallet) Library, Engineering (McKinney) Library, Marine Science Library, Physics Mathematics Astronomy (Kuehne) Library, Life Science Library, Geology (Walter) Library, Fine Arts Library, Architecture and Planning Library, and the Classics Library.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The University of Texas at Austin offers a variety of need- and merit-based financial aid options including grants, scholarships, work-study programs, loans, fellowships, and teaching assistant-ships. Financial aid at UT Austin is offered through both public and private sources. Grants, for example, can come from the federal or state government, or the university itself. Scholarships are offered from private sources and also from UT Austin departments and programs. In addition to public and private loans, UT Austin offers students who are enrolled for at least six class hours the ability to take out a short-term loan to cover tuition or for emergency cash. Work-study positions are available in a wide range of on-campus departments and could include being a museum guide, childcare worker, or research assistant. Some off-campus work is also approved for work-study, and the average hourly wage is $7.20.

Student Housing

A variety of on-campus housing options are available at the University of Texas at Austin. Undergraduate and graduate students alike can easily find something to fit their needs.

University of Texas at Austin Tower Building

The Tower, completed in 1937, stands 307 ft (94 m) tall and dons different colors of lighting on special occasions.

Fourteen traditional residence halls are on-campus and house more than 7,000 students. These residence halls are divided into three communities: Whitis Area, Jester Center, and Waller Creek. Each community has a different feel and each offers a variety of activities and events that residents can become involved in.

Whitis Area has seven residence halls including Kinsolving Hall and Littlefield Hall, which are for females only. This northwest portion of campus also contains the three honors dorms: Andrews Hall, Blanton Hall, and Carothers Hall. Duren Hall and Whitis Court round out this campus community, which also offers a variety of dining options and two galleries.

The Waller Creek community is located near the DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium. It contains the last remaining male-only residence hall (Creekside Hall) and has a variety of small dorms including Brackenridge Hall, Roberts Hall, and Prather Hall. San Jacinto Hall, located in Waller Creek, is one of the university’s largest dorms. Moore-Hill Hall is also located in the Waller Creek community. Residents in this area have easy access to a large gym center, dining options, and the stadium.

The Jester Center community is made up of two residence halls: Jester West Hall and Jester East Hall. This community contains the university’s largest dining hall, study rooms, and lecture rooms. It is also located near the Perry-Castaneda Library and the Gregory Gym.

Other than Creekside, Kinsolving, and Littlefield, all other dorms on campus are coed. Each residence hall contains study rooms, laundry areas, vending machines, and TV rooms. Cable TV and Internet access are available in each dorm room. Most rooms are double occupancy, although some single rooms are available, but those are difficult for first-year students to obtain.

Those students desiring on-campus housing who are unable to obtain it due to space constraints may be able to take advantage of supplemental housing. In these cases, the university converts open spaces in the residence halls (like a common living area) into temporary housing. The rooms are larger than traditional dorms and typically house four students rather than two. Each supplemental room comes complete with all of the features of a typical dorm room. When a permanent space becomes available, students are offered the opportunity to move out of their supplemental space, however, many choose to remain in place.

Graduate students, undergraduates in good standing with more than 30 credit hours, and students with families, may choose to live in one of three University Apartment complexes. Interested students are required to apply for space, and the apartments house approximately 700 students and their families. These apartments are located in West Austin, five miles from campus. Free transportation is available from the apartments to campus via shuttle bus.

Because the number of students exceeds the availability of on-campus housing, most students must live in private apartments, with their sororities or fraternities, in private residence halls, in housing cooperatives, or in other off-campus locations.

General Information

Admission Office PO Box 8058 Austin, TX 78713-8058 (512) 475-7399 Fax: (512) 475-7478 Contact: Bruce Walker Vice Provost and Director of AdmissionsMain Address 2400 Inner Campus Drive Austin, TX 78712 (512) 471-3434
Size Total undergrads: 37,389 First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 6,718 Degree-seeking undergrads: 36,711 Graduate enrollment: 10,864

Setting Urban setting Very large city (over 500,000) Commuter campus
Degrees offered: Bachelor’s Master’s Doctoral First Professional
Admissions Considerations Secondary school rank: Required Secondary school record: Required Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required College-prep program completed: Required TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011 Number of Applicants: 32,589 Percent Admitted: 47% Percent Admitted Who Enrolled: 47%
Test Scores: Fall 2011SAT Critical Reading
  • 540 (25th Percentile)
  • 670 (75th Percentile)
SAT Math
  • 580 (25th Percentile)
  • 710 (75th Percentile)
SAT Writing
  • 540 (25th Percentile)
  • 680 (75th Percentile)
ACT Composite
  • 25 (25th Percentile)
  • 31 (75th Percentile)
ACT English
  • 24 (25th Percentile)
  • 32 (75th Percentile)
ACT Math
  • 26 (25th Percentile)
  • 32 (75th Percentile)
ACT Writing
  • 7 (25th Percentile)
  • 9 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status Undergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Student Age Undergraduate Student Residence
Graduate Attendance Status Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students
Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees 6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees 6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year2008-’092009-’102010-’112011-’12% change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees$8,130$8,508$8,936$9,418+5.39%
Books and Supplies$800$818$860$874+1.63%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board$8,576$9,246$9,602$10,112+5.31%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board$8,576$9,246$9,980$10,250+2.71%
Total Expenses2008-’092009-’102010-’112011-’12% change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus$20,746$21,888$22,880$24,028+5.02%
In-state Off Campus$20,746$21,888$23,258$24,166+3.90%
In-state with Family$8,930$9,326$9,796$10,292+5.06%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students$10,154
In-state Student Fees$0
Tuition for Out-of-state Students$19,316
Out-of-state Fees$0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of AidStudentsPercentAmountAverage Per Student
All students financial aid4,77571%
Grant or scholarship aid3,45152%$26,941,755$7,807
• Federal grants1,65525%$6,849,647$4,139
• Pell grants1,55123%$5,547,233$3,577
• Other federal grants1,47722%$1,302,414$882
State/Local government grant or scholarships1,42121%$7,293,959$5,133
Institutional grants or scholarships3,26549%$12,798,149$3,920
Student loan aid2,69240%$14,759,188$5,483
• Federal student loans2,64740%$12,292,400$4,644
• Other student loans2784%$2,466,788$8,873

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent YearBA/BSMA/MSPhDAA/ASCERT
Total of All Education Programs872329031373--
Architecture and Related Services451132--
Architectural History and Criticism-2---
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning-312--
Environmental Design/Architecture-9---
Landscape Architecture-10---
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies140504--
American/United States Studies/Civilization3644--
Asian Studies/Civilization292---
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other18----
European Studies/Civilization6----
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies-1---
Latin American Studies2218---
Near and Middle Eastern Studies1512---
Russian Studies28---
Women’s Studies125---
Biology and Biomedical Sciences7291474--
Biology and Biological Sciences, General627----
Botany/Plant Biology-34--
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology-527--
Population Biology--13--
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc.105893915--
Business Administration and Management705751--
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-44---
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management24----
Management Information Systems64----
Marketing/Marketing Management226-2--
Communication and Journalism Programs116012422--
Public Relations/Image Management143----
Radio and Television284278--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric276----
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services1----
Recording Arts Technology/Technician1----
Computing and Information Sciences1674327--
Computer and Information Sciences1674327--
Art Teacher Education-8---
Curriculum and Instruction-3427--
Educational Leadership and Administration-3128--
Foreign Language Teacher Education-1510--
Health Teacher Education-4---
Mathematics Teacher Education-31--
Music Teacher Education-73--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-27---
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-103--
Special Education and Teaching-2910--
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering97169--
Architectural Engineering449---
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering791214--
Chemical Engineering1241631--
Civil Engineering957745--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering21615839--
Engineering Mechanics-42--
Engineering, Other-31---
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering-25---
Industrial Engineering-104--
Materials Engineering-411--
Mechanical Engineering2185414--
Petroleum Engineering108309--
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters3744333--
Creative Writing-10---
English Language and Literature3322419--
Rhetoric and Composition-914--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics2614935--
Arabic Language and Literature241--
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics453--
Comparative Literature-64--
Czech Language and Literature1----
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics44142--
French Language and Literature25-3--
German Language and Literature4----
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics-32--
Italian Language and Literature6----
Latin Language and Literature3----
Russian Language and Literature2----
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics--1--
Spanish Language and Literature125129--
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences27182152--
Athletic Training/Trainer4----
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/Pathologist--8--
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist8----
Communication Sciences and Disorders92201--
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other-711--
Public Health Education and Promotion-26--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse167537--
Human Services832969--
Public Policy Analysis-1282--
Social Work831687--
Legal and Law Studies-40398--
Advanced Legal Research/Studies-40---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities119----
Humanities/Humanistic Studies9----
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies110----
Library Science-1015--
Library and Information Science-1015--
Mathematics and Statistics1585731--
Applied Mathematics-175--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies284259--
Ancient Studies/Civilization7----
Biological and Physical Sciences-44--
Historic Preservation and Conservation-4---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other27715---
Nutrition Sciences-25--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies16287--
Health and Physical Education/Fitness99----
Kinesiology and Exercise Science-87--
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management63----
Physical Sciences1864888--
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other4----
Geology and Earth Science352320--
Geophysics and Seismology9----
Hydrology and Water Resources Science5----
Physics, Other-1---
Clinical Psychology--5--
Educational Psychology-3136--
Social Sciences12557858--
International Relations and Affairs-17---
Political Science and Government5271111--
Urban Studies/Affairs18----
Visual and Performing Arts29312465--
Art History, Criticism and Conservation33175--
Art/Art Studies12----
Design and Visual Communications166---
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts8307--
Fine/Studio Arts899---
Interior Design9----
Jazz/Jazz Studies4----
Music Management1----
Music Performance18----
Music Theory and Composition2----
Visual and Performing Arts63----
Work and Family Studies32443--
Apparel and Textiles58----
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences23----
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies129----
Human Development and Family Studies11443--
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee College has an application fee: Yes Regular application fee: $60 Online application fee: $60Enrollment Rates Percent applicants admitted: 44% Percent students who return year: 91%
Admissions Considerations Secondary school rank: Required Secondary school record: Required Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required College-prep program completed: Required TOEFL: RequiredUndergraduate Admissions Fall 2011 Number of Applicants: 32,589 Percent Admitted: 47% Percent Admitted Who Enrolled: 47%Test Scores: Fall 2011SAT Critical Reading
  • 540 (25th Percentile)
  • 670 (75th Percentile)
SAT Math
  • 580 (25th Percentile)
  • 710 (75th Percentile)
SAT Writing
  • 540 (25th Percentile)
  • 680 (75th Percentile)
ACT Composite
  • 25 (25th Percentile)
  • 31 (75th Percentile)
ACT English
  • 24 (25th Percentile)
  • 32 (75th Percentile)
ACT Math
  • 26 (25th Percentile)
  • 32 (75th Percentile)
ACT Writing
  • 7 (25th Percentile)
  • 9 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status Undergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Student Age Undergraduate Student Residence
Graduate Attendance Status Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students
Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees 6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees 6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs Architecture BArea, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies American Studies B Asian Studies B Ethnic Studies – General B European Studies B Latin American Studies B Near/Middle Eastern Studies B Russian/Slavic Area Studies B Women’s Studies BArts, Visual & Performing Art – General B Art History/Criticism/Conservation B Arts – General B Dance B Design/Visual Communications B Drama/Theater Arts B Fine/Studio Arts B Interior Design B Jazz Studies B Music – General B Music – General Performance B Music History/Literature B Music Management/Merchandising B Music Theory/Composition BBiological & Biomedical Sciences Biochemistry B Biology BBusiness, Management, & Marketing Accounting B Business – General B Business Administration/Management B Finance/Banking B Logistics/Materials Management B Management Information Systems B Marketing Management B Petroleum Land Management BCommunications & Journalism Advertising B Communications/Rhetoric B Journalism B Public Relations B Radio/Television BCommunications Technologies Recording Arts Technology BComputer & Information Sciences Computer/Information Sciences – General BEngineering Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B Architectural Engineering B Biomedical Engineering B Chemical Engineering B Civil Engineering B Electrical/Communications Engineering B Mechanical Engineering B Petroleum BEnglish Language & Literature English Composition B English Language & Literature – General BFamily & Consumer Sciences Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B Family/Consumer Sciences – General B Foods/Nutrition Studies B Human Development/Family Studies BForeign Language & Literature Arabic B Classics B Czech B East Asian B French B German B Greek, Ancient B Hebrew B Iranian/Persian B Italian B Latin B Linguistics B Portuguese B Russian B Scandinavian B Semitic B Spanish B Turkish BHealth Professions & Clinical Sciences Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B Clinical Laboratory Science B Communication Disorders B Health Services – General B Nursing (RN) BHistory History – General BLiberal Arts & Sciences Humanities B Liberal Arts & Sciences BMathematics Mathematics – General BMulti/Interdisciplinary Studies Ancient Studies/Civilization B Applied Learning and Development B Biological/Physical Sciences B Mathematics/Computer Science B Youth and Community studies BParks, Recreation & Fitness Health/Physical Fitness B Sport/Fitness Administration BPhilosophy & Religion Islamic Studies B Jewish/Judaic Studies B Philosophy B Religion/Religious Studies BPhysical Sciences Astronomy B Chemistry B Geology B Geophysics/Seismology B Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology B Hydrology/Water Resources B Physics BPsychology Psychology – General BPublic Administration & Services Social Work BSocial Sciences Anthropology B Archaeology B Economics B Geography B Political Science/Government B Sociology B Urban Studies BDegree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
A = Associate degree B = Bachelor’s degree C = Certificate or diploma

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