UT AustinThe University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is one of the largest schools in the United States. Founded in 1883, it is located in an urban setting on about 400 acres of land. The state research institution is the flagship school of the University of Texas system. UT Austin conducts research in the fields of engineering, physical science, and computer science. It has earned over 300 patents over the past decade, and much of the research focuses on biofuels, battery and solar cell technology, and geological carbon dioxide storage. The school enrolls over 40,000 undergraduate and nearly 11,000 postgraduate students.

More than 7,000 of these students reside on campus in one of 14 residence halls. UT Austin is sectioned into 13 undergraduate colleges and schools. (The largest is the College of Liberal Arts.) Graduate programs are offered through the McCombs School of Business, the School of Law, the Cockrell School of Engineering, and the College of Education. Overall, there are more than 300 degree programs. The most popular majors for undergraduates are business, management, marketing, and related support services; communication and journalism; engineering; social sciences; and biological and biomedical sciences.

UT Austin campusThe student to faculty ratio is about 18 to 1 and approximately 37% of classes have less than 20 students. Students can participate in eight different honors programs, including the Turing Scholars Program in Computer Science, the Dean’s Scholars Program in Natural Sciences, and the Liberal Arts Honors. Some students are also chosen to take part in programs fostering leadership skills like the Freshman Research Initiative and the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan. Individuals can also study abroad in over 35 different countries.

University of TexasOutside of the classroom, UT Austin students have plenty to do with more than 1,100 clubs and organizations on campus. The school has one of the biggest Greek systems in the nation, with 65 fraternities and sororities. About 15% of undergraduate students belong to a fraternity or sorority. The Greek organizations are governed by six council communities, including the Interfraternity Council, the Multicultural Greek Council, and the University Panhellenic Council. The regular student population is run by three governance organizations: The Student Government (established in 1902), the Senate of College Councils, and the Graduate Student Assembly. Students can also write for several publications, which are some of the largest in the US, including Study Breaks Magazine, Longhorn Life, The Daily Texan, and The Texas Travesty.

UT Austin campusUT Austin athletes compete as the Longhorns in the Division I Big 12 Conference. The university has also won several NCAA Division I National Football Championships. Teams in various sports for both men and women regularly win titles, making the university one of “America’s Best Sports Colleges,” according to Sports Illustrated. Students who are not intimidated by an extremely large school with big classroom sizes will enjoy the vigorous academics and great social scene UT Austin has to offer.


Acceptance Rate

Academic Qualifications

UT Austin top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

UT Austin SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of applicants: 53,525
Enrolled: 8,170
Yield: 48.0%
Acceptance rate: 31.8%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 0
Admitted off waitlist: 0
Waitlist acceptance rate: 0%

Don’t despair UT Austin hopefuls! Two years ago, the school admitted 37.1% off its waitlist!

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 7,647
Transfer applicants enrolled: 1,681
Transfer acceptance rate: 27.9%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 87.1%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1240-1470
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 620-720
SAT Math: 610-760

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 27-33
ACT English: 25-35
ACT Math: 26-33

Standardized Test Requirements

UT Austin does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

Texas Austin does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

U Texas Austin does NOT require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

U Texas Austin graduation rates

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 65.7%
5 years: 82.8%
6 years: 85.6%

Loan default rate: 2.7%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 29

Salary after attending: $58,200

R&D Expenditures: $652.2 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 14
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 3
Burglaries: 10
Car thefts: 6

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

UT Austin cost of attendance and net cost

Average In State Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

In-state tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $24,207

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (2020-2021)
In-state: $29,401
Out-of-state: $54,003

Net Cost (in-state)
Average: $15,502

By income
$0 to $30,000: $12,203
$30,001 to $48,000: $13,575
$48,001 to $75,000: $15,757
$75,001 to $110,000: $20,454
$110,001 and more: $24,670

Graduates with student debt: 40%

Average student debt at graduation: $24,263

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

UT Austin undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 18.3 to 1

Women: 54%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 37%
20 to 39: 32%
40 to 99: 21%
100+: 10%

Student Population
Total: 51,090
Undergraduate: 40,163

Student Residence
In State: 89%
Out of State: 8%
International: 3%

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This page was last updated in July 2020.