University of Texas--Austin
Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 8058
Austin, TX 78713-8058
Phone: (512) 475-7440
December 1 application deadline
December 1 accepted
University of Texas--Austin is a public institution that was founded in 1883. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 38,420, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 431 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Texas--Austin's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 45. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,794 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $32,506 (2011-12).
Everything is bigger in Texas, as the saying goes, and it holds true at the University of Texas—Austin, one of the largest schools in the nation. The school has one of the biggest Greek systems in the country, two of the largest student publications, and more than 900 clubs and organizations for students. The UT--Austin sports teams are notorious competitors in the Division I Big 12 Conference, supported by mascot Bevo the Longhorn. The UT Tower, a lofty campus structure, is lit in the school’s burnt orange color after notable sports achievements and glows a ‘#1’ when a team wins a national championship. Freshmen do not have to live on campus, and may choose to live in downtown Austin, situated about a quarter mile away. The vibrant city is known for its music, food, outdoor activities, and nightlife, and students can travel for free on the capitol Metro buses with proof of ID.
UT is divided into 12 schools and colleges, the largest of which is the College of Liberal Arts. UT’s graduate programs include the highly ranked McCombs School of Business, College of Education, Cockrell School of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and School of Social Work, in addition to the well-regarded School of Architecture. UT offers more than 650 study abroad programs, with the most popular destinations being Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, and China. Notable alumni include former pitcher Roger Clemens, actor Matthew McConaughey of films The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and former first lady Laura Bush.
School mission (as provided by the school):
In addition to the superb instruction available, one of the special strengths of the University of Texas at Austin is its size. This allows UT to offer great educational variety: there are over 300 degree programs in 15 colleges, and scores of these programs are nationally ranked. UT's size is also reflected in its vast intellectual resources. To mention but a few, the renowned Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies attract scholars from throughout the world, and are readily accessible to our students. But the greatest assets of UT are its faculty and students, talented and diverse groups with representation from all 50 states and more than 110 nations, who make the learning experience inside and outside the classroom invaluable. Our graduates learn to work in an inclusive and international environment that prepares them for life in the world at large.
School type - public, coed college
Year founded - 1883
Religious affiliation - N/A
Academic calendar - semester
Setting - urban
2010 Endowment - $2,589,413,402
Selectivity - more selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate - 47%
Application deadline - December 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by - December 1
Class sizes -
Student-faculty ratio - 18:1
4-year graduation rate - 53% - Medium
Five most popular majors for 2010 graduates -
Social Sciences 14% Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 13% Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12% Engineering 11% Biological and Biomedical Sciences 8%