College Application Guide: University of Texas at Austin


Eryn Lyle, Staff Writer

When you apply for the University of Texas at Austin, one of the required statements you must agree to is the University Code of Conduct:

The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the university is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community.”

It is this set of values, along with world-renowned research and academic programs, that pulls over 30,000 applicants every year. UT-Austin offers a wide variety of majors from 18 colleges and schools, the most popular majors being Advertising, Biology, Communications, Electrical Engineering, English, History, Political Science, and Psychology. The freshman retention rate is 94%, and the graduation rate is 52%, which is the highest four-year public rate in Texas.

Application Deadline: December 1st. Test scores by December 31st.


How to Apply:

Application: ApplyTexas

Essays: ApplyTexas Essay C and one other

Recommendations: Recommended, but not required. Submit via MyStatus’ document upload.

Resume: Recommended, but not required.

Test Scores: SAT or ACT + writing. Send from College Board or ACT to the college, via your College Board/ACT account

Major-specific requirements

Application Fee: $75, Can be submitted through ApplyTexas


Note: You do not need to be admitted yet to apply for housing

Applying for Housing Guide

Application: MyStatus

Application Non-Refundable Fee: $50

Cost and Scholarship:

Tuition Cost (Resident): $9,346-10,738 (depending on college/major)

Housing Cost (Shared-space, including food): $9,272-11,672

Housing Cost (Single-space, including food): $11,156-15,441

Cost Item: Shared Room and Food     Single Room and Food
Tuition $9,346 – 10,738     $9,346 – 10,738
Room and Food $9,272 – 11,672     $11,156 – 15,411
Books/Supplies $875     $875
Transportation $1,200     $1,200
Personal Expenses/Misc. $2,500     $2,500
Total: $23,193 – 26,985     $25,077 – 30,724

General Financial Aid: includes information on FAFSA

Information on scholarships

Cinco Ranch’s scholarship list


Honors Programs:

Business Honors: Undergrad honors organization based on MBA degree program.

Engineering Honors: Includes Honor Societies dedicated to engineering (Under “Honor Societies”).

Liberal Arts Honors: Lower-division courses bridge into upper-division honors courses

Plan II: Core-curriculum honors major that covers a variety of topics including natural science, literature, philosophy, and society. Based out of the College of Liberal Arts.

Application Checklist


More Useful Links

UT Freshman Admission page

Parchment Overview guide to UT application (includes stats and test score requirements)

Niche Overview of College

US News ranking of UT